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?

ACCC investigating allegations Google is spying on Android users

is this the latest crisis story from Silicon Valley?

Global Futurist and Technology Expert Chris Riddell joined The Project on Channel 10 to talk about the recent story on Google allegedly spying on its Android users.

Oracle have released information demonstrating that Google have apparently been extracting data from Android devices. This fuels the already heightened concerns this year on how consumers data is being handled and used by the Silicon Valley tech giants, and does legislation really go far enough?

Its been a tough and turbulent year for businesses that manage and hold customer data, particularly in the technology industry – and it won’t get any easier anytime soon.

Beef Australia 2018: The industry ahead in 2030

and what will disruption actually look like?

Global Futurist Chris Riddell was the host for the Australian Beef Symposium in Rockhampton this week, where over 100,000 industry professionals from around the world came together in their annual pilgrimage.

With consumers needs changing at lightning speed, this is a major turning point for the beef and agricultural industry more broadly. Technology now sits at the centre of this new pivot – which leaves the question. What does the future look like in an ever competitive market, and what is coming next?

Chris Riddell joined ABC News to talk about this and some of the other trends that are transforming beef in the future.

You can read the full article on ABC News.

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.

Fear not the startup, but the cashed-up company behaving like one

Businesses of yesterday are reinventing themselves

In recent years, startups around the world have disrupted the business models of established organisations almost overnight.

Think Airbnb, Uber and Lemonade.

I was recently the opening keynote for a Technology Leadership event in New Zealand for cloud services specialists Umbrellar. Whilst I was there, I got to chat to the team, and talk about how business reinventing itself is more than just about technology. It’s a deep transformation where everything is up for being challenged, including culture.

Here is the article from CIO Magazine where I share my latest insights on what true transformation actually means.

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Credit Suisse AIC – Technology is at a global crisis point

Trust has been breached, so where to from here?

Big brands have to reestablish trust with consumers on data safety, futurist Chris Riddell told CNBC at Credit Suisse’s annual Asian Investment Conference on Tuesday.

Riddell, who describes his job title as “fundamentally seeing how technology is changing humanity,” said the world is currently experiencing a severe “trust crisis.”

“People now are more willing to share data than ever before” but data breaches at major companies break “trust and confidence,” he stated.

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.

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