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.


The hypnosis and neurosis of Education

April 29, 2013

future education

There is a well-intentioned neurosis around education that seeks to justify the educational outcomes of the previous generation by imposing the educational standards, rigours and methodologies onto the next generation.

In a past world secondary education most often led to a singular qualification or vocation. This employment choice required pre-employment education and ongoing workplace informal and ad hoc education.

The norm of employment was a single linear career where the employer offered tacit certainty of life long employment and forty years of career progression at the end of which you received a golden watch for a job well done and a pension that took you into retirement and your new life.

In this world culture and society required conformity in its future citizens. It was practical in a more routine world and society to underpin education with the foundational teaching of the three R’s (writing, arithmetic and reading).

The education system of the past suited the needs of the past, but in a future where there is less certainty and rigour, where we may live to 120 years of age, work into their 80’s, have 6 distinct careers and 14 jobs in professions that we do not yet know of doing tasks we yet can’t imagine the underpinnings of education, employment and society will require innovation and invention.

The hypnosis of the future is that the workplace and the 9-5 will disappear. That the need for physical exertion and work will diminish as mechanical devices take over humanity’s chores and that instead people will spend long hours in idleness and recreation is not on tomorrow’s radar.

These are falsehoods.

The core of work and society’s need of it will still remain, but what we need to do to equip tomorrow’s workforce will have to evolve.

The workplace of tomorrow will be global, physical, virtual and digital.

Language and physical location will cease to be barriers to work.

Global qualifications and accreditations will become increasingly important as will the ability to acculturate and collaboratively work in both physical and digital work tribes.

Work will increasingly be done in project and task mode rather than in 9-5 mode and the notion of where we work will be less important than how we work.

All of this will play itself out against a backdrop where the world will add 2 billion to its population in the next four decades; see huge increases in the numbers of well-educated middle class citizens and ironically face the duality of a global skill shortage in an environment of overabundance of available workers.

In this new world of work education’s preparatory role is not just foundational, but transformational.

We must equip tomorrow’s learner s who have already outsourced the 3R’s and other routine memory tasks to external technologies and who are adapt at online research and inquiry with the fundamental skills that will extend these innate skills into vocational purpose, this new educational focus and paradigm should include a liberal dose of the 3C’s – Communication, Collaboration and Creative Problem Solving.

Education’s physical premises will also become less important as we move to multi-modality, multi-site offerings where the viewing of prerecorded lectures, deep and immersive virtual and physical learning resources are common and student-teacher engagement is a blend of physical and virtual.

These core learning instruments will be continuously added to by adaptive learning environments and technologies that constantly search out and learn the students’ preferences, abilities, needs, content being taught, required outcomes to assemble a bespoke set of hyperpersonalised education experiences with best practice learning aids and examples each flexed to the learners preferred learning styles and delivery mode.

This amorphous educational future scaffolding will include an orchestra of educators, academics, educational institutions, industry, professionals, non-academics and knowledge providers, all either physically or virtually coming in and out of the learning environment when and where required to provide real-time learning and insights in varying taxonomies, most appropriate to the learner, the task and the learners preferred style for that specific learning episode.

In this new education frontier students will use a blend of traditional learning tools as well as newer teaching tools including gamification through which they can attend digitally at physical art galleries; attend virtual foreign classrooms to learn language and culture, as well as trial complex scientific and mathematical problem solving methodologies using virtual modeling and prototyping.

The reality is that for digital and mobile natives of today and tomorrow this world already exists. It is the world that they already see and function in.

We must not take them back to a world that enshrines past skills and behaviors, that does not challenge and stimulate them and that does not adequately prepare them for the uncertainty and opportunities of tomorrow’s world. To do this is to condemn us to relive our past when the purpose of each new generation and the education system that nurtures them should be to invent our future.


Noodle making robots

April 22, 2013

Robots have long been the stuff of science fiction and many of us have grown up waiting for the day when our dreams might turn into technological reality.

In this morning’s regular look ahead David Dowsett of radio ABC and I took a look at robots and discovered that they are already here.

telemedicien robotTelemedicine robots allows Doctors to virtually jump inside a moving mechanical device and transport themselves around hospitals and clinics engaging and treating patients along the way. Robotic surgeons use their robotic arms to accurately guide and oversee complex operations often in tandem with skilled physical physician hands. Nano robots are routinely swallowed into our body and then guided around to take internal x-rays and photographs. Robotic limbs replace lost, degenerated and non-existent limbs, as well as provide heart pumps and other life-giving robotically controlled devices.

telework robotsIn our offices and factory’s we see the increased use of teleworkers using robotic Segway like devices that allow executives to be in two places at once by jumping on-board a telerobot and riding it virtually around far away offices to attend board meeting in one country without ever having to leave the comforts of their own offices. Many of these devices cost no more than $250 and use PC tablets mounted on robotic shoulders and free software to see and connect you.

drievelss carOn our roads we can expect to see a fleet of driverless cars who know where you need to be and when, have real-time updates of the road conditions ahead and will chauffeur you to your destination in comfort and safety.

Robot-Noodle-SlicerRobots are also entering the hospitality industry as noodle makers, hamburger flippers and sous chefs and in retail as clerks and sales assistants.

Robots as anthropomorphic, high functioning, independently thinking, self replicating humanoid machines are still a long way off. In theory they appear to be easy to create, but in reality are still beyond the ready boundaries of our capabilities and technologies.

There is much work being done in robotics and the most recent catalyst of this is the growth and convergence of big data, mobile technologies, changing culture and a growing appetite for robot like devices together with a practical and pragmatic future need to overcome a growing chronic shortage of workers in some industry’s.

For now, and the immediate future, we will have to contend ourselves with robots and mechanical devices that provide assistance with life and works more mundane and repetitive tasks.

Robots when they do arrive will bring with them many challenges. They will start and stop careers, industry’s and jobs. They will require us to grapple with the ethics and rights of robots and humans and make decisions that we have never had to make before as we learn to co-exist with machines.

The time to start these debates is now, for we are truly on the precipice of when not if as science fiction turns daily to robotic science fact.

Have a listen to the segment now…


Co-creation, collaboration and peer to peer – March BreadCrumb Innovation Webinar

March 18, 2013

collaborationIn the 60’s we got together held hands, physically touched each other, shared and sung kumbuya. Now we digitally gather, virtually hold hands, poke each other and audition online for youtube stardom.

In this month’s Futurevation webinar we went exploring down the road of collaboration, peer-to-peer and co creation to find out we’re not alone, that there are others out there and that collectively we are more purposeful than we may be on our own.

We stopped along the way to peer into the digital store-front of a myriad of websites and apps that are beginning to show and sell these new business paradigms and thinking; one in which control is banished in favour of management, where ownership is unnecessary as long as we can share resources and where we can outsource innovation to a group of virtual strangers.

Take a look and listen at this month’s webinar and as always please share your thoughts on what you see ahead.

BreadCrumb Innovation – The March Webinar

At next months FREE webinar on Monday 8th April @ 1.00 p.m. AEST we will take a look at printing hearts, homes, cars, clothes, records and food and the rise and rise of robots and what we can expect of them over the next decade or two.

Click here to reserve your free front row digital seat now.


BreadCrumb Innovation – The FREE Webinar

February 7, 2013

mm webinarI am kick-starting 2013 with a series of monthly webinars, sharing what’s ahead in , what’s important to know and who’s doing what to whom and with whom in the world of innovation, if you’re serious about keeping ahead of the curve then it will be the best 45 minutes you spend each month.

Here’s more and also booking details:

Morris Miselowski, CEO and Lead Business Futurist of 32 years with Your Eye On The Future, brings his world renowned innovation workshop to a computer screen near you, in a 45-minute LIVE Webinar.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

Morris will unveil 2013’s dominant and developing trends, show you how they will impact you, explain what you need to do about them, by when and how.

He will also take you behind the scenes to see the hottest start-ups on the planet to experience what they’re inventing, innovating and working on, who’s interested in it, why and what it might mean to your business.

Morris will also help you take all this information and spin it into wisdom and $$$ by guiding you through his fail-safe step by step process of how to easily find, capture, understand, prioritise and implement new innovations, ideas, products and services, regardless of whether you’re a 1 or 100,000 person business.

In a world where everything you’ve ever known is now uncertain; where the enemy of innovation is execution and where every day feels like a month, it is imperative that you stay ahead of the curve and know what lies ahead for you, long before your competition and marketplace does.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

If you’re going to succeed into the Future you have to be able to answer all of these questions, now:

• how your industry and business is likely to evolve;
• how will what you do be done differently in the future;
• have you fully capitalised on your digital potential?
• what will consumers, customers, partners and collaborators
want from you in the future?
• how will they want it, where and when?
• are you ready to take maximum advantage from the brave
new world of omni-business, apps, the rise and rise of
mobile, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and 3D printers?
• how will changing management and workforce paradigms
affect you?
• how will the rise in global and virtual workforces change
your workforce?
• what impact does 60% of the world using phablets have on
you and your business’s bottom line?
• are you ready for the imminent onslaught of the” internet of
things”?

and these are only a small taster of tomorrow’s many quirky new questions.

With 32 years of hypothesising, strategising and profitably commercialising the future across 145 industries; 1000’s of corporations; tens of thousands of key decision makers and millions of audience members around the planet, Morris has the uncanny knack of turning all of these questions (and so many more) into money-making answers.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

In his ongoing monthly webinar series Morris reviews what’s happened and happening this month in the land of innovation; where innovations and trends are headed; who’s making money and what they’re doing and which industries are flying and which are crashing.

Each month Morris also sets you a practical purposeful and profitable innovation challenge, gives you a set of how-to instructions to achieve it with and builds an accountability structure and innovation support network for you within which to achieve it.

If you’re sick of groundhog day and playing business catch up and are serious about leading your business into the future then you must take 45 minutes each month to learn what’s ahead so that you can be certain that every future decision you make listens to yesterday, but speaks to tomorrow.

You’re welcome to attend any two (2) BreadCrumb Innovation webinars FREE of charge.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

If you’d like to attend all of Morris’s monthly webinars, you can! (10 per annum run February through to November)

Investment for 5 x webinars – $395.00

Bonus each 5 x webinar attendee receives:
• a ½ hour one on one telephone innovation chat with Morris,
• 24 hour turn around on email questions, and
• full access to past webinar library

To join Morris’s next 5 Webinars send an email with your details to: 5webinars@BusinessFuturist.com

Investment for 10 x webinars – $695.00

Bonus each 10 x webinar attendee receives:
• a FREE 5 x webinar additional access pass for you to gift to a
colleague, or share with a friend (cannot be used to extend
subscription),
• one (1) hour one on one telephone innovation chat
with Morris,
• priority 12 hour turn around on email questions, and
• full access to a library of resources and past webinars

To join Morris’s next 10 Webinars send an email with your details to 10webinars@BusinessFuturist.com


Morris also runs the following additional monthly webinars

1. Wisdom Warriors

Morris’s elite collaborative group of Innovators and Entrepreneurs who demand to be the first to know everything and want to roll their sleeves up and get deep and dirty with it to figure out what it may mean to them and how to start making money from it now.

Frequency: Monthly
Duration: 60 minutes
Maximum Attendees: 10
Inquire for cost and space availability: WarriorsWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

2. CEO / Key Decision Makers

How, when, where, why, when and who of growing, championing and implementing a profitable company wide innovation culture.

Frequency: Monthly
Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum Attendees: 20

Inquire for cost and space availability: CEOWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

3. Internal corporate sponsored and developed webinar programs

Frequency: as required
Duration: 15- 60 minutes
Maximum Attendees: open

Inquire for cost and content: InternalWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

4. Specific industry webinars

Frequency: as required
Duration: 15 – 60 minutes
Maximum Attendees: open

Inquire for cost and content: IndustryWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

Please pass this invitation along to your colleagues, friends and clients


The Future of Education, Technology, People & Innovation

February 2, 2013

memories-of-tomorrow_1In our regular look ahead James Lush of ABC Perth and I looked at what’s over the horizon for:

Education
– students will have 6 distinct careers, 14 jobs and live 100+ years; 60% of the job tasks they will do in the next 10 years have not been created yet; the traditional 3r’s – reading, writing, arithmetic- are great foundations, but our kids also need the 3 C’s – communication, collaboration and creative problem solving.

Technology – we have only just begun our technological journey and haven’t seen anything yet; and the imminent rise of the Internet of Things.

People – what will living to 120 mean?; will man and machine meld to the point where it is hard to recognise where flesh ends and machine starts?

Innovation – how Collaborative, Crowdsourcing and Co-create is changing the way we work play and live and why innovation is now a constant in our everyday world.

This is a great interview touching on lot’s of tomorrow’s horizon questions so have a listen now and let me know what you think tomorrow’s big questions are.


Work as we may not know it

January 14, 2013

future of workDavid Dowsett of ABC local Queensland radio and I chatted about my recent article on the future of work and employment.

So have a read, have a listen and as always I’d love to know your thoughts on the Future of Work and Employment

—————————————————————————————————————–

The good news is that there will be employment way into the future, there has to be. Things will always need to be done, built, sold, fixed, transported and accounted for and always will.

Secondly, for the foreseeable future Australia’s employment rate will be high and in the mid 90%.

The other wonderful, or perhaps disconcerting news, depending on whether you’re a half full or half empty kind of person, is that we’re not going to need furriers, blacksmiths or elevator operators much anymore.

Now I know that’s kind of obvious, but these professions were great honourable and inspiring jobs in their day, using cutting edge technology and machinery to fulfil a society’s dreams and demands.

Tomorrow’s employment space, made up of a dwindling baby boomer cohort and increasing X,Y,Z and A generations will have 6 careers and 14 jobs. They will work towards the completion of tasks and project, not time allocation; in industries we cannot yet name, nor fathom, using skills that today are unimaginable.

By 2025, 60% of us will be working digitally and remotely, not tethered to a fixed workspace, but rather in a time and place that best suits the work and the people involved.

Some of us will work as intraprenuers, inspiring our host company’s internally. Others will work as solopreneurs shaping their own destiny and pioneering new paths forward.

Many of us will be working collaboratively co-creating locally, nationally and globally in virtual tribes, connected by a trillion digital things that bestow on us constant contact with, insight to and manipulation of, our physical and digital worlds.

Global unemployment will remain high as over the next three decades we add two billion people to our planet and 18 million to Australia.

Despite this it will remain difficult for employers to find talented employees, as we move through a tectonic shift of inventing and reskilling ourselves to reshape and repurpose existing businesses and professions, as well as forging new horizon industries, practices, business paradigms, ethics and professions.

Education and training will remain a constant to grease this transformation of knowledge, the internet will continue to help to spread this information, but with the overwhelming mountains of data we’re drowning in, businesses and individuals will soon value “wisdom” more highly than gold and oil and professions and industry’s will rise to mine these riches.

Our most prized vocational possession will be our ability to span the duality of working simultaneously in a physical and digital world.

Tomorrow’s work landscape will also see the increasing use of robots, virtualisation, telecommuting and 3D printing further blurring the intersection of human and machine and igniting the question of whether human or machine is best-fit for the task at hand and does it matter?

Standing still is no longer a viable option.

Every job, every profession, every human activity is currently being redefined. Those that are destined to succeed are now standing firm-footed on the precipice of change eagerly scanning their horizon searching for tomorrow’s possibilities and necessities.

Listen now: