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.

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.

Switzer – Looking ahead into the future

Are you ready for 2016? It’s going to be huge

There is no doubt that 2015 was the year of big data, the cloud, and breaking down the borders between mobile, technology and people. Businesses have been working tirelessly to understand how to create experiences for their customers, and bridging the gap between online and offline. Looking ahead into next year promises even more opportunities for us all, and it will be the year of the consumer.

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How is the Sharing Economy shaping the Future of Business?

ABC News 24 looks into the future #talkaboutit

The Sharing Economy or the ‘Collaborative Economy’ has fundamentally transformed the way we do business and transact on a daily basis. It is growing at an astonishing rate, and is widely predicted to double in the next 12 months. This isn’t just about buying or selling  online through traditional ecommerce sites. It’s a new and very powerful movement in which people are getting goods and services from each other.

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Our mobile future. It’s all about devices.

In a recent appearance on channel 7’s Morning Show we were discussing the future of communication. Just over 50 years ago, there were still 20,000 telegrams being sent by Australians on an annual basis, and it was less than 60 years ago that the very first television programme was broadcast in Australia. When you compare that to the situation that exists today, with 31 million mobile devices floating around in 2014 (8 million more than the number of people who live in this country), you really get a feel for the pace of change in the world of communications technology.

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What kind of impacts are robots having on the workplace?

Robots and automation are topics that are coming up more and more frequently. South Australia are recently conducting driverless vehicle trials on the public highways, and we are seeing increasing amounts of technology coming into our homes and places of work.

As humans, we are naturally resistant to change, and the pace of change has never been higher than it is today. It can often seem overwhelming, and that we are being ambushed from all around us! Chris Riddell chatted with ABC Darwin’s Richard Margetson to talk about the future of robots, and whether we should be worried about the world being taken over.

In true Australian style, the questions were frank, honest and quirky, with an ending like no other.

The Future of Retail in Australia

Earlier this week I joined Peter Switzer on Sky News Business to talk about some of the challenges that retail are facing here in Australia.

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever, that digital and technology already are, and will continue to underpin the most significant stories of innovation in the retail space. Creating incredible and highly immersive experiences, collecting insights and real-time data, and joining it all together both online and offline are just some of the key ingredients for retail stores ahead.

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