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NSW Future Transport Roadmap Launched

It’s a connected, automated and intelligent future 

Transport for New South Wales are seriously on the move, and have today just launched the exciting Future Transport Roadmap – giving an insight into what lies around the corner for the state when it comes to a truly connected city.

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Driverless just got real in Western Australia

Intelligent, Safer, and Experience driven 

Driverless technology is topic du jour, there is no doubt, and its a race to the finish line. After 10 years of some intense R&D, and some private trials earlier on this year in WA, the Intellibus from RAC might have just taken first position on Perth’s roads yesterday afternoon.

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Pokemon Go has ignited Augmented Reality

This is just the start of a blended revolution

It’s all Pokemon Go at the moment, and it’s giving us Gen Y’s flashbacks to our days at school. Remembering the Pokemon theme tune even got me reminiscing about cartoons like Inspector Gadget and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Interestingly the original singer for the Pokemon theme tune all those years ago, Jason Paige has resurfaced to sing the Pokemon song online – and I’m not sure how, but he sounds the same. Jason’s YouTube video from just a few days ago has almost 1.5M views at the time I’m writing this article…

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Election 2016 – The Analytics War Has Started

The data is already telling a story

Real-time analytics is a topic that continues to dominate the business world in 2016, and with good reason. Data will tell a story about your business, your competitors, and the movements in your industry, and it allows you to make decisions in a way that will leap frog your competition.

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Future Retail – Masters’ collapse is a big warning

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Stack it high and sell it cheap doesn’t work anymore

Masters recent announcement of it finally admitting defeat in the highly competitive market of bricks and mortar retail is no surprise. The cost of doing business on the ‘high street’ in Australia is at an all time high, and you can’t win the battle of getting customers in by just throwing money at the problem.

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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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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.

The Future of Fashion

What we wear has always been important to us as human beings, mainly because we are a very visual species: we all judge people on the way that they look, whether or not we are conscious of doing so. Whilst there is very little chance of this deep-seated behaviour changing any time in the near future, the world of designer clothing and retail fashion is nevertheless set to undergo a radical transformation in the next two to three years.

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The Future of Financial Planning Is Near

I had the pleasure of joining Peter Switzer on Sky News Business this week to discuss the Future of Financial Planning, how technology and digital are impacting financial planning businesses on a global scale, Roboadvice, and how legislation needs to keep up with the pace of change.

What Is the Future of Financial Planning?

Of course, the big question on everyone’s lips is “Do Financial Planners have a future with all of this new technology?”

The simple answer to this is yes, as relationships will remain a focal point, but the real question is how. Digital has a large role to play in unlocking the future, embracing change, and in enhancing relationships. The Financial Planner of the future will be the new wave of technology advisors.

You can view my full interview with Peter Switzer on Sky News Business here.

Robots are taking over the world! Or are they?

Look out. They’re coming after us

Just the other day, I had one of the funniest interviews on air that I’ve had in a long time. It was with ABC Darwin’s breakfast host, Richard Margetson and no prizes for guessing, the topic was robots. Interestingly enough, even before I went on the show I was chatting on the phone with one of the shows producers – you could hear the fear in their voices. I was being asked questions like “What will we do when there aren’t any jobs anymore, and these robots take over?” and “Surely this is the end of the world, how do we fight these machines!? Do they have Armies?”.

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