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Robots are going to take over the world?

Should America 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.

American business is now all about digital

Chris Riddell Futurist

Challenge everything you think you know

When it comes to the subject of digital transformation, Chris Riddell does not mince his words. “If you feared change before, then my God, have you got something coming around the corner,” states the global futurist and self-described digital evangelist. “Digital is going to flip industries on their head and fundamentally force you to change your way of thinking. If you don’t, you might as well pull down the shutters.”

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United States – Success in the war on global terror

Intelligence led policing is augmented

We can send man to the moon, we have cars that can drive themselves, and we have devices in our pockets that have an insane amount of capability, and connect us to almost every human being on planet earth.

With the advances in robotics, and cognitive computer technology you would be right in believing we are on the very edge of one of the most intelligent tipping points humanity has ever seen.

Yet, when it comes to human conflict and behaviour, we are fighting a war which we have little honest understanding of, and whilst broadly our security agencies succeed in preventing the majority of the incidents – predicting them is still something we have not yet mastered. If we want to get into true prevention, we must get predictive.

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Predictions for the world in 2050

Virtual will be the new Physical

In the year 2050, our world will be vastly different from what it is today. Virtual and Physical will be fused together beyond recognition – so much so that you won’t be able to tell the difference between the two.

We will also see Artificial Intelligence co-piloting business at the very top, and leaders relying on computers to help them make decisions at every step.

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Flying cars are now a real thing

So when can you buy them?

Global Futurist Chris Riddell joined The Project on Channel Ten to talk about the launch of flying cars in Australia, and when we should expect to see them buzzing in the skies.

In the future we will be able to transport ourselves in personal drones, so how will this change the way we think about technology. Will government legislation be able to keep up with this pace of change or will it get in the way and stifle innovation?

Facebook Spaces is all about Augmented Living

we are blending with technology

The year 2050 is only 33 years away, but with the ever-accelerating rate of technological innovation and human expansion, we’re heading at hyper speed  towards a seriously brave new world.

Facebook have just announced the new ‘Spaces’ platform which will augment our physical and digital worlds even further, bringing new ultra personalised experiences to us through social media, and in realtime.

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The Resurgence of Old Technology

When Vinyl comes back into fashion

I joined ABC Peter Goers to talk about the resurgence of old technology into our lives. Vinyl has made an undeniable comeback, and many argue it is better than most current digital forms. What other trends from yesteryear will we see back in our lives, and how can we make sure with everything now ‘digital’ that we keep on experiencing everything in the way it was originally intended?

BEYOND TOMORROW | 3 Megatrends

Chris Riddell Global Futurist Megatrends

The Future Customer

Customers relationships with brands have reached a crucial pivot point. As humans our expectations are at an all-time high. The devices we used to call mobile phones, are now something much bigger and more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined. These pocket-sized supercomputers sit at the very centre of our lives, and they’ve given us a unique glimpse into a life lived better.

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Amazon Attacks | Future of Australian Retail

Amazon Australia

This is the tone for the year ahead

Let me start by saying this, Amazon aren’t the doom and gloom story for retail in Australia. Unless you are Gerry Harvey that is.

There is no doubt whatsoever the landscape of retail has gone through some big step changes over the last few years. It’s evolving rapidly and globally, just as every industry on planet earth is. This is our new normal. Businesses from yesterday, are transforming themselves, they have to, or it’s time to pull down the shutters. We are in an era of innovate or die. Complacency and laziness with your customer are no longer tolerated in a high velocity, super connected world.

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Future Trend | Blockchain is disrupting Trust

What does disruption mean in 2017?

There is no doubt at all how fast things are moving when it comes to new on-demand platforms. We’ve got more choice than ever before and the power balance has shifted well and truly into the hands of the consumer, literally.

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