Futurism

  • What’s really driving the future of retail?

    Jason Pallant     |      October 9, 2018

    While predictions of the future are always wide of the mark, the general themes of convenience, customer experience, business intelligence, and personalisation are shaping the future of retail.

  • The future of work

    Karen Chester     |      July 23, 2018

    Karen Chester, Deputy Chair of the Australian Productivity Commission, discussed the future of work in a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on 17 July in Perth.

  • Working in an autonomous world

    Mark Stevenson     |      March 29, 2018

    Autonomous haul trucks are already used in the mining industry and save around 15% compared to human drivers. As more of us live in cities and automation transforms the nature of work, transport and other infrastructure will have to change to keep pace.

  • The new hyper-reality of work

    Monique Webber     |      March 25, 2018

    Will wearing smart glasses with a mix of augmented and virtual reality one day become routine for work? At Melbourne University, it’s already happening.

  • What to expect in 2018 and beyond

    Ross Dawson     |      January 1, 2018

    Several social, economic and technological trends which gathered pace in 2017 are set to further accelerate in the near future, challenging our notions of work and social interaction.

  • Dear robot Santa…

    David Fagan     |      December 24, 2017

    Will Father Christmas be replaced by an intelligent, independent android one day? David Fagan explores the legal and ethical ramifications of robots playing an ever greater part in people’s lives.