Radio ABC – FutureTech Segment – 16 April 2010

April 16, 2010

For the first time ever last December we exchanged more data over our mobile devices than we talked on them which may not seem like a big enough story to start this week’s FutureTech segment on Radio ABC Australia with Phil and Adelaine, but add to this the belief that by mid 2011 we will be conducting more search inquiries over our mobile devices than on our desk-bound computers and we have the canary in the cage of how increasingly pivotal our mobile devices will become, and it becomes a great conversation starter.

Picking up the discussion with Phil Whelan on Radio HK3 Hong Kong we worked our way around the do’s and dont’s of online security, the proliferation of on-line spam (complete with a peek into Phil’s junk mail folder) and where, why and how spam comes from.

Next up were Robots, with a recent census claiming that there are 8.2 million robots in the world (is that all?) and then out to space with President Obama’s announcement to get to Mars some time around 2030 and NASA’s more imminent announcement that this September NASA will put a humanoid robot into space with the Shuttle team and over the next 15 years increase the Robots capabilities and workload until they are a fully functioning independent team member.

As always the word of the week, lot’s of fun and conversation and the song of the week (which I have left in) is a great rendition of Waltzing Matilda in a native Aboriginal language.

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