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.

Google is the biggest data business in the world

and has just turned 20 years old!

Google has gone from zero to nearly a trillion in 20 years—in pages and value.

The tech giant, which was incorporated September 4, 1998, celebrates its 20th anniversary Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of more than $850 billion, says it has indexed hundreds of billions of pages and is aware of over 100 trillion.

Along the way, it’s changed its name (twice!), transformed online search and digital advertising, and served as a fierce competitor in the smartphone market, for inexpensive laptops, and in self-driving cars.

So what next for the biggest data company in the world? Global Futurist Chris Riddell joins Sunrise on 7 to talk about this enormous milestone for Silicon Valley.

New research suggests humanity is coming to an end

Or are we actually in fear of something else entirely?

The fear of artificial intelligence and robots is at an all time high, and the very technology that we created ourselves, now threatens our future. What skills do we need to survive in the future, and what are the jobs that are most at risk of being replaced by automation?

Global Futurist Chris Riddell joins Weekend Sunrise on Channel 7 to talk about the future of artificial intelligence and what we actually fear most in the world beyond tomorrow.

Are Google Tracking Users without their consent

Have we gone past the point of no return

The headlines in the past year have been relentless when it comes to new stories of Silicon Valley businesses being exposed for alleged data breaches, and misuse of customer data. Is the problem now actually that we need to accept our data is being used, and a more important question needs to be asked – what do we get in return?

Global Futurist Chris Riddell joins Channel 7 to talk about the latest investigation by the Associated Press on Google and Android users.

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?

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.

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