Google+ is being closed amid a new data breach

and Australia launches it’s first homegrown Digital bank

There is no doubt that 2018 will be known as the year of the data breaches from businesses both inside and outside of the walls of Silicon Valley. Alphabet, the parent company to Google, have just announced the closure of Google+, their social media platform. It follows yet another data leak for the giant, and increased pressure on transparency around how data is managed, used and shared in our digital world.

In the last few hours, we’ve also seen Australia launch the first homegrown digital only bank – ‘UP’, from South Melbourne technology firm Ferocia. Backed by both Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Ferocia started work on the project more than 6 years ago and promises to simplify banking, and use real-time data visualisation to give customers the most “non bank feel” possible.

Healthcare is also a big topic as we move into the end of 2018, with wearable technology now well beyond just measuring steps and movement.

It’s the era of future wellbeing for humanity, and we’re living longer than ever.

Australia’s Vehicle Electrification Crisis

Why are consumers not adopting EV’s?

When it comes to electrification of our vehicles in Australia, we are falling behind the curve on a global level. Asia, Europe and the United States are pushing ahead with a raft of government incentives for consumers. So why are we seeing such a slow uptake and what needs to be done to prevent this being an even bigger issue ahead?

Global Futurist Chris Riddell joins Richelle Hunt on ABC to talk about this and other topics around future fuel and electric transport ahead.

Australia and the Future of Food

Australia’s future in AgTech and EvokeAG 2019

With a rapidly growing population in Australia, the industry of food is undergoing enormous transformation. With more than 9 billion people predicted to be living on planet earth by the year 2050, this is a global discussion.

Global Futurist Chris Riddell joined MasterChef judge and renowned Chef Matt Preston, to talk about the challenges ahead for the industry of food, and how technology is creating a new normal.

The Future of Travel is about to take off in a way not seen in decades

Chris Riddell Futurist Qantas Project Sunrise Future Travel

Qantas innovation with ultra long haul

Since the last Concorde flight from British Airways landed for the last time, you’d be forgiven for thinking that air travel hasn’t really got any better – at least when it comes to speed and the time we spend in the air. The experience in flight has changed dramatically. Long gone are the days of smoking at 40,000 feet, or having to watch the same TV screen as everyone else.

Over the last few years, there has undoubtedly been a focus on the expansion of mega-hubs such as Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and London for interconnecting flights. The double decker giant A380 from Airbus heralded a new era of travel, however things are about to change yet again in a very big way.

I joined ABC to talk about the innovation being led by Qantas, dubbed ‘Project Sunrise’ that is set to change the face of global air travel in a way not seen for the last two decades.

Police introduce new technology to catch motorists on the phone

and have Google been spying on Android users?

Global Futurist Chris Riddell joined ABC’s Richelle Hunt to talk about the latest news headlines including how Australian Police are now introducing new technology to catch distracted users who are using their smartphones whilst driving. Do the laws go far enough, and what technology options are available to prevent motorists using their phones in the first place?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are also investigating allegations from Oracle that Google have been spying on Android users by extracting up to 1 Gigabyte of data a month of consumers location information. Is this a technicality that sits with the responsibility of the smartphone user to be aware of, or has Google not been transparent enough?

My childhood obsession with technology

Facebook Dating, Agritech and Future Consumer Trends

Fresh off a flight from Dallas Fort Worth, I yesterday joined Richelle Hunt on ABC to talk about everything from my obsession with technology as a child, to the latest announcement from Facebook that they’re now competing with Tinder and Match.com

I also talk about the 2019 evokeAG Agriculture Technology event in Australia and how retail business in Australia is thriving because of blended experiences.

The Future is all about 5G

and its getting faster than ever

Futurist Chris Riddell says the launch of 5G networks in Asia Pacific is the biggest thing since smartphones. It’s set to increase internet speeds from 40-50 megabits per second to 1-2 gigabits a seconds which basically means it will take seconds to download movies. He speaks with ABC about the revolution that is literally around the corner.

Talking Technology – Gareth Cockerell 3BA

The Technology Trends of Tomorrow

I joined 3BA Ballarat’s Gareth Cockerell to talk about the technology trends impacting us at home and work, ahead of my keynote for Committee for Ballarat in July 2017. We also talked about what it means to be a futurist in our world that is moving faster than ever.

The Resurgence of Old Technology

When Vinyl comes back into fashion

I joined ABC Peter Goers to talk about the resurgence of old technology into our lives. Vinyl has made an undeniable comeback, and many argue it is better than most current digital forms. What other trends from yesteryear will we see back in our lives, and how can we make sure with everything now ‘digital’ that we keep on experiencing everything in the way it was originally intended?

The Future Workplace

 

I was recently interviewed by Marcia de los Santos as part of SBS Radio’s Future Hopes series, where we talked about the future workplace.

The rise of automation, computerisation, and teleworking are all predicted to have profound effects upon Australia’s future workforce, and with China’s slowing economy and increasing global uncertainty, what will Australia’s workplace look like in the future?

As human beings we are naturally resistant to change, but it’s time to embrace change, to be open minded and flexible, and to look forward to the opportunities ahead, as there are many.

Listen to more of our interview over on Soundcloud.

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