Flying cars was where Phoebe and I started this radio Sydney ABC Local radio conversation, but we quickly got talking about how many science fiction dreams have turned into reality with a look at the movies and books that inspired the iPad, iPhone, water-bed, robots, video chats, ear buds and more.
So listen in to see where some of our everyday tech gadgets started their lives.
The online virtual world most of us take for granted is only 20 years old.
In the very short space of two decades we have eagerly and voraciously moved our lives and businesses into it and become dependent on it.
Look around you and see people everywhere staring longingly at their mobile screens, checking status, checking in and checking up.
Each seems intent on their interaction, to the point where it appears to the innocent passer-by as if they are greedily sucking air from their virtual breathing apparatus.
This new online and PC world required a pioneer, a visionary.
Someone to stare far into tomorrow and beyond and see what can be done. Someone to bravely say “what if” and then see about getting it done.
In our generation that forward looker was Steve Jobs, pioneering products, brands and people.
He started Apple Computers at a time when the PC was unknown and unwanted. He built software platforms far in advance of their marketplace needs. He innovated digital films when he purchased and breathed new life in to Pixar films. He returned to Apple after his forced departure, to take an ailing almost irrelevant company to corporate world dominance, with a suite of new horizon products that include iTunes, iPhone and iPads.
Steve Job’s gift seems to be his unwavering consumer focused vision of technology and what they could become as he uncannily built category definers that would be purposeful, useful and intuitive.
He thought nothing of relentlessly driving his handpicked tribe to seemingly reach far into the future and drag back to today unseen of and unheard of technology.
His ability to make the world see the future is also clear as he regularly ignited the passion of the everyday consumer, geek and non tech ahead alike, to stand for hours outside one of his global retail stores to be the first to buy and use one of his latest who would have known I needed gadgets.
From a corporate viewpoint he rebuilt Apple over the last decade and a half to tack into the wind. To seek and desire difference in order to find market opportunity. To work for Apple requires checking in the obvious at the door and joining the Don Quixote search for virtual and technological windmills.
This and where to from here for Apple was the on air discussion between myself and Jason Jordan of Perth radio’s 6PR in this weeks FutureTech segment as we paid tribute to the life and times of a gone to soon true innovator.
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.
Should you SMS during sex, was where we started this weeks on air discussion between Phil, guest co-hosts Sally and Danny Gorog and me before asking the other important questions – should you friend your kids online and are teens becoming techno hermits?
Lot’s of talk about the new iPad (much to Phil’s and the ABC’s consternation of constant brand naming), the iPhone, great file sharing programs, advice on mobile phone selections, word of the week, the UK election result updates all abound as we join Phil Whelan on RTHK3 Hong Kong radio and work our way through another week looking at the Future and talking about Tech.
My 4th year on Perth radio’s 6PR’s Weekender program comes to end this week as it goes into hiatus until after the footy season in October; so in this weeks segment Harvey Deegan and I look ahead to what the future of tech and business may be over the next 7 months, including:
• iPad and iPhone
• Google android phone
• USB 3.0
• 3D – computers, laptops, televisions, billboards
• Augmented and virtual reality
• Location based services – rise of foursquare, gowalla and others
• Visual and semantic search
• Continuing rise of cloud computing
It’s always sad when the show breaks for winter and the footy season, but it’s been a great series and I’m counting down the days until St Kilda wins the AFL grand final and we’re back on air in October.
Teff, spelt and kamut started Harvey Deegan, of Perth radio’s 6PR, and I off this week as we meandered our way through the top 10 foods of the future, which includes the return of ancient grains, gluten-free beer, vegan meals, organic alcohol, African and Middle Eastern cuisines, new cuts of meats, gluten-free meals and Quinoa. Harvey even goes so far as to look up teff and we set the listeners a challenge to find a recipe using it.
News of the week also included 120,000 iPad’s being pre-ordered on the first day they were on offer; OnLive announcing its set to take on the traditional games industry by bypassing the need to buy consoles by providing live streaming of games that can be played on either your PC or television. We then rounded off our weekly chat with a look at some interesting mobile device apps.
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.
Morris Miselowski, Futurist Guru: your eye on the future
The highly-regarded principal and founder of Success through Focus since 1981, Morris Miselowski's speciality is future-vision.
He's a business mentor and consultant, a venture capitalist, an academic, and a dynamic presenter whose mission is to inspire, to encourage, and to motivate his audiences to embrace the unlimited opportunities of their future.
Each day he consults with business leaders around the globe, helping to shape their businesses so they can be first to take profitable advantage of tomorrow's business opportunities.
Morris foresees an unlimited future for those companies which take the time to prepare and strategize for the future NOW.