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.

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.

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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Turning your tech team into the new business rockstars

and why IT leadership needs to innovate in chaos

Whatever industry you are in, whatever organisation you have, whatever it is your business does, you are in the business of technology. This type of thinking is at the very core for any business that wants to be relevant in a world beyond tomorrow.

Here is the article from CIO Magazine where I share my latest insights on how to innovate in a world where chaos rules.

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The revolution that will change how we live within 30 years

Access to ultra-fast networks will be crucial

In 1988, if you wanted to speak to someone overseas, you would dial a number (literally – dial) on a phone attached to the wall and struggle to hear to a crackly voice on the other end – all while paying through the nose for the call.

Fast forward 30 years, and you can now speak face to face with your loved ones through a smartphone from pretty much anywhere, and it won’t add a cent to your regular phone bill.

It begs the question – if technology has come so far since the 80s, where will it be in another 30 years, and more importantly, how will it change the way we live?

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Jaguar Land Rover | Reinventing for Beyond Tomorrow

Australia Launches the All New Discovery

I absolutely love working with the very people that are reinventing themselves for a world Beyond Tomorrow. Jaguar Landrover are an iconic brand that have been with us for decades, and a business that I have a very long term personal connection to.

The next 12 months or so are going to see a number of massive leaps forwards as Jaguar Land Rover release some exciting new products on our roads around the world. This marks the start of a new journey for the business as they put a new focus on the fusion of technology, experience and a new breed of consumer.

I was the opening keynote for the launch event in Uluru, and took my crew and one of the All New Discovery’s on a drive through the incredible outback of Australia.

ROBOT WARS | They’re coming to take over the world!

Should we fear an impending uprising?

The fear of robots taking over the world has reached an all time high. Elon Musk has stirred the pot again saying we should be terrified and it is the scariest problem we face as humanity today.

Should we really be frightened of robots, are they going to be fighting us in the streets and trying to take over the world? Or are we all living in fear of a fairytale and just terrified of the unknown? I joined The Project on Channel Ten to talk about Elon’s latest musings and you can watch the full segment above.

Qantas have seen their Future. It’s Facial Recognition

And it’s their biggest technology play ever

Most passengers will be familiar with the facial recognition cameras that are widespread through our international airports in Australia. For the international traveller it’s something of a normality walking into the glass box at immigration, while the cameras scan your face and check you against your passport details on the immigration database. It takes just seconds, the doors slide open and you’re off. It’s almost a shame to not get the stamps in your passport anymore.

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