Money, money, money

August 16, 2013

$1 notePaper money and coins seem so old fashioned now.

In Australia we began the march towards plastic money in 1974 with the introduction of the first mass credit card – BankCard and towards digital banking when online banking became possible in 1998.

At both those events the mass outcry was “we will never use this”, but we have and we are very content.

In this radio interview we explore the Less-Cash society phenomenon and a future where banking and financial transactions will no longer be done via plastic credit cards and instead live inside our mobile devices and eventually into inhabit the digital nether-regions as they magically appear and disappear a myriad of devices, walls and holograms just when you need them.

Have a listen to this, the rising digital economy including BitCoin and Ven and my belief that we will soon see a global digital currency emerge to carry on from where PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and others are currently placed.

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Who said TV is bad for you?

July 29, 2013

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It’s amazing how many of today’s ordinary technology, started their life as an extraordinary prop in a book or television show.

This week ABC Wide Bay’s David Dowsett and I took a look at the top 10 innovations that were first seen in the 1960’s Sci-Fi series Star Trek and now probable, possible and in many cases ordinary.

1. Mobile phones
2. Warp speed
3. Transporter beams
4. Tractor beams
5. Replicators
6. 3D medical holograms
7. Medical tricorders
8. Holodecks
9. Cloaking devices
10. Friendly androids / robots

Take a listen now and let me know which Sci-Fi or movie innovation you’re still waiting for.


This Week in the Future

June 17, 2013

FF_Parable-Oxford_English_DictionaryIt normally takes at least 10 years of consecutive use for a word to appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, but like everything else nowadays things happens fast. Last week the word “Tweet” was accepted as both a verb and noun, this may sound insignificant, but it goes along way to proving the case that when innovation strikes it can in an instant change culture, society, business and language irrevocably. Others words included Big Data, Crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, stream as web, geekery, flash mob and BFF.

This was one of the topics I chatted about with ABC radio’s David Dowsett in our regular look ahead.

nasa pizza printerWe also looked at NASA’s commissioning of a 3D printer capable of printing pizza’s in space.

Wearable technology also got a look in this week with smart socks that monitor your body, its exertion and movements and provides real time information to a myriad of mobile devices and spray on liquid fabric that allows you to spray on directly to your body reusable and washable clothes, first aid sterilized bandages, as well providing a vehicle to carry nanotechnology into the skin including vaccinations, UV protection and even provide a fire proof coating to our skin.

Robots throwing the first pitch at a baseball match also made the list, the kicker in this story is it was thrown remotely by a 13 year old suffering from aplastic anemia who can’t be exposed to crowds. Using Google’s Fiber’s a special room was built in which the boy, his friends and medical staff witnessed him throwing the first pitch as did a host of sensors that sent all of his movements to a remote robot that replicated them 1800 miles away and remotely through the ball for him.

Sushi-DroneIf this wasn’t enough, how about flying sushi trays. Yo!Sushi is using iTrays, hovering restaurant trays, to deliver food from the kitchen direct to the guests table.

It’s an incredible world ahead, so have a listen to this weeks segment and as always let me know what what you see ahead.


Robots aint what they used to be, they’re what they’re going to be…

June 8, 2013

robots antiqueRobot butlers and maids seems to be the most common expectation we have of our new metallic friends. Robots that are lifelike, technically called androids, may still be some time off, but Robots of all other sizes, shapes and complexities are making their debut into the world of work and play.

In this week’s on air discussion James Lush of ABC Perth Local and I had a look at what we can expect to see and have in the world of Robots, Androids, Bots and Nano Bots.

In the world of medicine and health care we will see the growth and surge in telemedicine allowing Doctors and medical professionals to share, consult and even operate anywhere from anywhere, as Doctor’s climb inside a virtual robot and drive themselves around remote hospitals and operating theatres.

In offices and factories we will also have remote vehicle robots jockeying their virtual executives and workers around distant and remote global offices and factories.

There will also be an array of factory robots including Baxter who can learn and replicate any repetitive task in 90 seconds and costs around $22,000 to purchase, giving him an operating cost of $3.52 per hour, the same cost of the average Chinese worker – will this bring back some of the manufacturing to Australia? – stay tuned.

In our homes, we have already seen the march to the automation of lighting, heating, security and appliances as well as robotic washing machines, dryers, vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers, but as they say in the TV ads, wait there’s more…

Our roads over the next years will start to be populated by self driving cars and remote controlled heavy vehicle will continue to grow in popularity, what will this mean for road conditions and safety?

Aged Care, retail, defence, security and all other things Robot were all part of this weeks segment, so have a listen and let me know what you’re most looking forward to about your first Robot.


Future of Tourism

May 27, 2013

world handsBy 2020 the average Australian will take 10 holidays, of various lengths and destinations, per year; Australian will welcome 8,162,000 visitors to our shores and will farewell 11,222,000 Australians traveling abroad, all adding up to a tourism industry that will be worth $113.8 billion to us in 7 years time (up from $101.8 billion in 2012 / 2013).

This vital sector will welcome increasing visitors into Australia from middle-class China (worth $6.9 billion in 2020) and India (worth $1.9 billion in 2020) as well as continue to be one of the worlds premier tourist destinations, but behind these statistics is a deeper tourism tale of an industry that is restructuring and re-purposing itself to the needs of tomorrow travelers.

120 years ago when cars started to become an everyday item, we grew a local road bound tourism industry. As aviation became accessible to more and more people we added overseas trips to our travel diet, for the young this meant a gap year back to mother England and for the retired the Women’s Weekly coach tour of Europe, now if t means we see the world as our own backyard ripe for to explore.

Tourism has continued to evolve in Australia and in this week’s segment David Dowsett of ABC Wide Bay and I chat about where tourism is headed in the future.

We looked at who’s traveling and where the various forms of travel including cars, trains, planes, space and cars that fly and how we will go about finding and booking tomorrow’s great holidays.

We also explored emerging specialty tourism sectors including medical tourism, ancestry travel, sustainable tourism and others and how to find local people to act as your tour guide taking you on bespoke local tours as seen through the eyes of locals and the technology that will turn us into locals by providing real time insights, information and translations.

As always we end our segment with a look further down the tourism road to see how virtual travel and holodeck like experiences are set to burst onto the holiday market as virtual travel begins to take off in the not too distant future.

Have a listen now and let me know your thoughts of the future on tourism.


Let there be Fireworks

May 13, 2013

what do you doInnovation is no longer a destination it’s a journey – it’s such an overused and over-hyped cliché, but it’s one that gets many people to understand that we can no longer innovate solely at annual or semi annual business retreats, strategy meetings, when things have gone wrong or when the whim takes you, but rather that innovation is a constant, minute by minute, living breathing thing that must be integral to every business person and owner.

So having got that off my chest, one of the questions I get asked most often is: “How do you innovate?”.

In this month’s webinar I started a three-part journey taking the audience through my innovation program, a tried and tested program I’ve rolled out to 1,000’s of clients and audiences around the globe.

Part 1 is the non romantic and ever so important phase of getting to know yourself and what you stand for because the one thing I’ve learned over and over again is that there is absolutely no use going out and getting shiny new toys and innovations, if you haven’t got your internals working properly.

We start off with a look at what innovation is; what has caused it to speed up; the illusion that time and space are disappearing and why the best place to find innovation is where digital and physical meet.

We then traveled on to look at the roadblocks to innovation and how you overcome them including silos, fears and boxes (you’ll just have to listen to work it out), before going down the road of how to ensure innovation is always up for discussion, top of mind and drives everyone’s thinking.

My final tip in Part 1 was the question I always ask of my new clients staff and why asking that question late last year, to one client’s workforce of 900 people, brought $10.4 million worth of bottom line improvements, product extensions and fresh new thinking.

Head on to this month’s webinar (47 minutes)and as always let me know your thoughts and questions:

and be sure to reserve your spot for next month’s FREE webinar – Monday 17th June @ 1.00 p.m. AEST Part 2 – where we’ll take a look at the tools, tricks and the “meat and bones” of looking for and capturing innovation – see you then.


Are you a fireplace or fireworks innovator? FREE May webinar invitation

May 7, 2013

Reserve your webinar spot now for Monday 13th May @ 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

Fireplace or fireworks – which describes your business and innovation thinking?

fireplaceFireplaces are comforting, once lit mostly self-sufficient; provide light, warmth and the possibility for cooking as well as offering a central mesmerizing place to stare down at and poke into.

Is this really what you want from your business? To constantly tend and feed a fireplace that absorbs you, entices you, continues to demand you stand vigilant over it at all times and forces you to rebuild it back to its former glory, every time it starts to wane or diminish.

fireworksToday’s businesses, and those that will succeed into the future, are more like fireworks, agile; scanning the sky and looking ahead; constantly predicting, changing and adapting to the environment; exponentially growing and collaboratively building towards a strategized crescendo always knowing that there is another fireworks display just over the horizon.

In the last 3 months I have worked with and surveyed thousands of CEO’s in Australia and New Zealand and found that 84% of them admit that their business, products and practices are fireplaces that haven’t substantially changed in the last 3 years with a further 89% conceding that they would like to be firework businesses, but don’t know how and where to begin.

So for all my fellow firework business owners I’ve dedicated the next three months of FREE webinars to guiding you through the how, why, where, when and who of firework business innovation.

Next Monday 13th May at 1.00 p.m. AEST we’ll start our hands-on journey together through the first of three phases of innovation and I’ll show you, give you examples of and share my tools with you as we explore how to:

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2. know and harness your own unique innovation DNA

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I’ve developed, tried and perfected my unique secret-sauce blended innovation and foresight process over the last 32 years with solopreneuers, entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations, governments and fellow innovators around the globe and it continues to evolve and to always achieve incredible and profitable innovation and foresight results.

One of these extraordinary projects happened late last year where I embedded the foundations and seeds of an innovation culture across a client’s 900 plus employees; empowered and educated them into the purpose, imperative and methods of innovation; built transparent innovation capture processes and then set the employees free to evolve the company into what they believed it should become.

Within four months they had added $10.4 million of new thinking, products, services and changed work practices and we have only begun to stare into the sky and watch the fireworks go off.

Stop getting lukewarm by the dwindling fire and start getting exhilarated by the infinite possibilities of the fireworks, join me next Monday and let’s start innovating your sky.

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