6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – Calling Jesus – 26 December 2010

December 26, 2010

Jesus has just knocked out Angry Birds in the fight for the most downloaded app. It is available across 8 mobile platforms and has had over 12 million downloads in 2 years.

This free interactive Bible app from Life Church has taken the virtual world by storm with 4 billion minutes clocked up already by its users reading the new testament and in Dec 2010 through Jan 2011 there on track to achieve 1 billion minutes of bible reading – now there’s a business apportunity, just waiting to happen!

We also went on to chat about supermarkets self checkouts, NFC (near field communications) coming to a credit card and store near you and Skype app’s imminent arrival onto iPhone 4.

This plus some post Christmas merriment and great conversation make up this week’s on air radio chat between 6PR’s Ted Bull and Morris Miselowski.

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till Facebook us do part – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 5 December 2010

December 5, 2010

Facebook is being blamed for 1 in 4 divorces in the United States and in our in-depth comical discussion we seek to find out why and perhaps that it’s not Facebook that’s causing divorces, but people – ah if only they would use it for niceness instead of evilness (Maxwell Smart circa 1960).

Ted Bull of 6PR and I then go onto to travel through Lonely Planet’s and Google’s top tourist destinations for 2010 and those predicted for 2011 and work our way through some really interesting travel apps and websites – ah, where’s the holodeck when you really need it ?1?.

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Cyber Monday on a Sunday – FutureTech Segment – 28 November 2010

November 28, 2010

I’ll see your Black Friday and raise you a Cyber Monday!

Every year Cyber Monday – America’s online equivalent of Black Friday the largest retail sales day of the year – is growing in momentum and tomorrow’s online sales are no different.

With Australia’s great exchange rate and more of us shopping online we too can take advantage of the sales and have it shipped to Oz, listen in as 6PR’s Ted Bull and I talk about the where and how of how to cash in on this annual online shopping bonanza.

And if you’re not sure what to shop for, we’ve got that covered as well with the top 5 gadgets for 2010.

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6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 3 October 2010

October 3, 2010

It’s not evil, it’s FaceBook! Ted Bull of Perth radio’s 6PR and I kick off our discussion this week with a look at what FaceBook is and what it’s not.

My constant message is that FaceBook and all social media are opt in and a conscious deliberate choice you make. You’re only in it if you want to be and the other big caveat is never to say anything online that you wouldn’t shout out at your local market.

Having said that, Social Media and FaceBook are just the newest form of communication on steroids.

It is the modern day version of the radio, the fax machine, the mobile phone. Each and every one of them was considered evil in its day and despite them being invented and supported by the devil we have survived and thrived using them.

Listen to this weeks segment now, and join me on Twitter for in between news and views from the future.

6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 26 September 2010

September 26, 2010

Ted Bull

Rise and rise of YouTube, iPad, Apps, Amazon sells 1.8 eBooks to every hardcover and why FaceBook is not at all evil were just some of the topics that Ted Bull and I chatted about as we reviewed the past six months of what’s happened since the weekend show went on its winter break.

But it’s summer now and FutureTech is back for its fourth (4th) year as a weekly segment on Perth’s 6PR Big Weekend program – ah, it’s good to back.

Listen to this weeks segment now, and join me on Twitter for in between news and views from the future.

The Weekender – 6PR Radio – Where is Australia headed between now and 2050?

February 7, 2010

1970 was 40 years ago.

Yeah I know that’s obvious, but for many it seems like only yesterday and 40 years from now we will be sitting in the year 2050 thinking back to 2010 and trying to convince ourselves that 2010 was the good old days we all yearn for.

We will believe that :
2010’s property prices were cheap.
2010’s family values were traditional and exemplary.
2010’s communication tools were rudimentary and simple.
2010’s education system was better equipped to upskill our children for what lies ahead.

What a load of nostalgic twaddle.

The next 40 years are going to both evolutionary and revolutionary.

The discussion this week on my 6PR radio segment with Brendon was about how the Australian Government sees the next 40 years.

In their recently released Intergenerational report, the Government tells us our population will increase to 35.9 million an increase of over 50% (as of today our population is 22,144,950), as high as this seems I’m betting we’re going to be closer to 39 million.

They rightly claim that at the moment (2010) we have 5 people working to support every Australian over 65 years of age and in 2050 we may have 2.7 people working to support every 1 person over 65 years of age.

Our ageing population means that we will have double the number of 65 – 84 year olds we have now and quadruple the number of people we have now that are older than 85.

Our population growth will slow down to annual rate of 1.2%, slightly less than the 1.4 we have had for the last 40 years.

We will have climate change issues and water issues to contend with that are vastly different from today’s

To this I add just a few basic assumptions:

Our technology will also have advanced, medical breakthroughs will have found work arounds and cures for many of today’s common ailments and killers, but we will have discovered a new range of illnesses related to our longevity and changing environmental issues.

Our work will be different with many of us in careers and jobs we can not fathom today, working very differently, using the entire globe as our backyard and remaining in work well into our 70’s.

The world over the next 40 years will in many ways be vastly different and incomparable to today, I still maintain that in the next decade will we progress 100 years and in the next 40 some 500 years in technology, but in many ways we will be the same, a humanity working to “better understand” our relevance and purpose and playing with a whole new set of toys to do it with.

Our challenge then for the next 40 years is how best can we use the small insight we have of what lies ahead to achieve our ambitions and create our own exquisite future.

Listen in as Brendon and I chat our way through this discussion and try and figure out what it all means, how it will actually effect us and who and how are we going to pay for it all. Recorded live 7th February 2010.

The Weekender – 6PR Radio – iPad & Australia’s top industries for 2010

January 31, 2010

The good, the bad, the possible and the impossible of the iPad starts our segment off this week, before Brendon (of Perths’ 6PR radio) and I move on to mull over the new global growth industry, the App industry.

We can expect to see lots of apps on our phones, smart devices, computers and even our televisions from here on in and for an industry that was worth USD$6.2 billion in 2009, expect it to rise over the next 3 years to an industry turning over USD$29.5 billion (although I think that figures on the low side given it was calculated prior to the iPad announcement).

Coming on the back of the recently released IBIS world report we also took a look at Australia’s top 10 growth industries for 2010, which included sugar manufacturing, health insurance, organic farming, alternative health therapies and the 5 industries that are most likely to decline in 2010 which include image processing, video hire outlets and travel agents.

A great segment, lots of laughs and conversation, take a listen for yourself. Recorded live 31st January 2010.