PayPal not so pally in India – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 30 January 2011

January 30, 2011

The Indian government has clamped down on PayPal being used for purchases over US$500 and insisted that if you want to buy through PayPal you have to transfer $$ out of your traditional Indian bank account into your PayPal account – Ted Bull of Perth’s 6PR and I chat about the possible worldwide ramifications if this was to become the norm around the world.

Next up on our chat list was Malaysia’s genetically modified mosquitoes designed to lessen the spread of dengue fever.

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The Future of Retail – ABC Radio Local – Nightlife – Monday 17th January

January 17, 2011

Tomorrow’s retail is decidedly different from what we have been used to. The first large format supermarket in Australia launched in the early 1960’s and caused a revolution and an outcry as we questioned what it meant for the local milk bar and strip shopping centres. Fifty years on, replace supermarkets with online shopping and you have the same debate raging.

Leon Compton of ABC radio local’s Nightline program and I take a look at what’s ahead in retail.

Will the rise of online retailing herald the demise of physical stores? How will we be shopping online? How will we be shopping in physical stores? What part will our mobile computers play in the retail experience? What might bricks and mortar retail stores need to do if they are going to survive? and what’s ahead on the Australian retail horizon.

This, plus caller questions and more, make up this lively and far reaching on-air tour into the future of retail.

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Flying Cars – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 16 January 2011

January 16, 2011

George Jetson, in my favorite cartoon of the 60’s, had a flying car – why can’t we? Well we do, not just one we can use – hear why.

Will we need cars in the future? What will they be like? What fuels will they use – fossil, hydrogen, electric, hybrid, garbage (like the DeLorean in Back to the Future), solar, LPG or…. ?

This is the starting point for this weeks on-air chat between 6PR’s Ted Bull and myself as we work our way through the tomorrow and beyond of the car.

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What happened with the Internet in 2010?

January 12, 2011

Pingdom Article

How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there?.

Pingdom recently compiled this fascinating look into the 2010 online world:

107 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2010.
294 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
1.88 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
480 million – New email users since the year before.
89.1% – The share of emails that were spam.
262 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 89% are spam).
2.9 billion – The number of email accounts worldwide.
25% – Share of email accounts that are corporate.


255 million – The number of websites as of December 2010.
21.4 million – Added websites in 2010.

Web servers

39.1% – Growth in the number of Apache websites in 2010.
15.3% – Growth in the number of IIS websites in 2010.
4.1% – Growth in the number of nginx websites in 2010.
5.8% – Growth in the number of Google GWS websites in 2010.
55.7% – Growth in the number of Lighttpd websites in 2010.

Web server market share

Domain names

88.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2010.
13.2 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2010.
8.6 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2010.
79.2 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
202 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2010).
7% – The increase in domain names since the year before.

Internet users

1.97 billion – Internet users worldwide (June 2010).
14% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
825.1 million – Internet users in Asia.
475.1 million – Internet users in Europe.
266.2 million – Internet users in North America.
204.7 million – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
110.9 million – Internet users in Africa.
63.2 million – Internet users in the Middle East.
21.3 million – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.

Social media

152 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
25 billion – Number of sent tweets on Twitter in 2010
100 million – New accounts added on Twitter in 2010
175 million – People on Twitter as of September 2010
7.7 million – People following @ladygaga (Lady Gaga, Twitter’s most followed user).
600 million – People on Facebook at the end of 2010.
250 million – New people on Facebook in 2010.
30 billion – Pieces of content (links, notes, photos, etc.) shared on Facebook per month.
70% – Share of Facebook’s user base located outside the United States.
20 million – The number of Facebook apps installed each day.

Web browser market share


2 billion – The number of videos watched per day on YouTube.
35 – Hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
186 – The number of online videos the average Internet user watches in a month (USA).
84% – Share of Internet users that view videos online (USA).
14% – Share of Internet users that have uploaded videos online (USA).
2+ billion – The number of videos watched per month on Facebook.
20 million – Videos uploaded to Facebook per month.


5 billion – Photos hosted by Flickr (September 2010).
3000+ – Photos uploaded per minute to Flickr.
130 million – At the above rate, the number of photos uploaded per month to Flickr.
3+ billion – Photos uploaded per month to Facebook.
36 billion – At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year.

Data sources and notes: Spam percentage from MessageLabs (PDF). Email user numbers and counts from Radicati Group (the number of sent emails was their prediction for 2010, so it’s very much an estimate). Website numbers from Netcraft. Domain name stats from Verisign and Internet user numbers and distribution from Internet World Stats. Facebook stats from Facebook and Business Insider. Twitter stats from Twitter (and here), TwitterCounter and TechCrunch. Web browser stats from StatCounter. YouTube video numbers from Google. Facebook video numbers from GigaOM. US online video stats from Comscore and the Pew Research Center. Flickr image numbers from Flickr.

Futurists’ Idea of Heaven – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 9 January 2011

January 9, 2011

Dreams and heaven come in all shapes and sizes, but for a tech and futurist guy in January of each year they only come from one place, the Consumer Electronic Show.

This annual Las Vegas based event is the canary in the cage for what might be ahead as manufacturers and wannabe’s show off the kit they have innovated and want to sell in the years ahead.

In this weeks radio segment Ted of 6PR Perth and I discuss the many things CES which this year seems to come in 5 basic flavors – 3D, PC tablets, smartphones, connected appliances and video games, it is also the first year we have seen car and gaming manufacturers as major exhibitors.

What’s interesting for me is that we are seeing a true divergence of technology with so many devices and applications sharing common tech and spilling over between themselves. There is a plethora of toys on show that encourage us to take our tech into the home, into the office, into the car, into the streets and share it and play it seamlessly one device to another, one location to another.

This is the commercial mainstream beginning of an attitude where the device is not as important anymore, but what is is that we have continuous seamless access to our digital life wherever, whenever and however we find ourselves.

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Cheap is the new chic – what’s in store for 2011

January 5, 2011

Herald Sun Wednesday 5th January 2011 Page 17

In this morning’s Herald Sun me and 4 fellow futurists talked about what we saw ahead for 2011 and what we believe is on the way up and what’s on the way down.

I’m not sure how my down list included plastic surgery, but the others all sound like stuff I said.

The other striking thing for me is the underlying sense of austerity and negativity that the others believe we are heading into – you know that’s never the way I roll.

I have seen and experienced too many examples of people achieving extraordinary things regardless what the rest of the marketplace was doing or feeling and likewise seen people fail when everyone else around them prospers.

Optimism and good fortune are not gained through lottery prizes or luck, nor are they set by prevailing market conditions; they are won by hard work and a continual dogged focus on what your future has to be, with you living it out right now, as if your future were already your past.

The skill with reading this and all other lists is to find your breadcrumb innovation, the ideas and ah-ha moments that lets you see an opportunity, where all others seem to be blind.

Anyway here’s to an incredible 2011, may it overflow with Breadcrumb innovations and exceed your wildest expectations of it.

Top of the Futurist Playlist – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 2 January 2011

January 2, 2011

Hyper me; we and us; let’s get together; hide and seek; make me appy are just a few of my near future predictions for 2011 in a year that I have termed “near and dear”.

In this weeks segment Ted and I meander our way through some of my top 10 annual predictions and what they may mean to us as we speed down the superhighway of 2011.

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