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Superannuation and the future of work on The Future, This Week

This week: “death and taxes,” the future of retirement and superannuation.

Data analytics on The Future, This Week

This week: part two of a special with Simon Kemp on data analytics.

The state of digital on The Future, This Week

This week: part one of a special with Simon Kemp on the state of digital.

Climate action and the apocalypse on The Future, This Week

This week: What can we do to save the planet? And how will the world end?

Big ideas and work satisfaction on The Future, This Week

This week: real innovation between steam trains and convenience, and the automation paradox.

Chicken wars and ring my bell on The Future, This Week

This week: chicken wars – don’t be chicken, eat the balls; and ring my bell.

Myspace and consumerism on The Future, This Week

This week: preserving our digital heritage, and the national identity crisis caused by consumerism.

Our fake future

There is fake news, fake videos (deepfakes) and even cheap fakes.

Size matters and what the tech on The Future, This Week

This week: size matters when there’s scarce abundance, and what the tech?

You say invention, I say innovation

When is an invention not innovative, how do innovation ‘hubs’ kill the very spark they seek to flame and why women may have the best innovative mindset.

The influencer strikes back

Social media has offered a new weapon to brands, the influencer.

YouTube fame and ghost kitchens on The Future, This Week

This week: welcome to Season 6, with hidden YouTube fame and ghost kitchens.

Joseph Stiglitz on the age of inequality

Joseph Stiglitz says our rising level of inequality is not the unfortunate by-product of economic development but is the result of deliberate policy choices. Who is making those choices?

ACCC has let us down and it’s let Google and Facebook off the hook

The Australian Competition Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its report into digital platforms and their effect on traditional media, and it’s good news for Google and Facebook.

Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 6

Season 6 of The Future, This Week – stay tuned.

Jonathan Haidt on good intentions and bad ideas

Internationally acclaimed US academic and author Jonathan Haidt is warning of a rising generation of social-media addicted, pathologically anxious ‘Gen Z’ youths.

Talk, not text: the shift from typing to voice assistants

With 25 per cent of Australian searches now being done via voice, the search battlefield is shifting from typing to talking.

The Future, This Week 19 Jul 19: #DeepFakes, #DigitalHumans, #WillSmith

This week: deep fakes, digital humans and a young Will Smith in our Vivid Ideas Special.

Revisiting Uber, money and monkeys with Keith Chen

Behavioural economist Keith Chen investigates what will humans do for how much money.

The long and winding road to overnight success on the Billboard Chart

How a black rap artist TikTok’d his way to the top of the country music pops…

Why the ‘molecular scissors’ metaphor for understanding CRISPR is misleading

The idea of CRISPR as scissors ignores an entire ecosystem of moving parts that are crucial for understanding the awe-inspiring, crazy thing scientists are trying to do when they attempt gene editing.

The Future, This Week 14 Jun 19: #FlyingCars, #Mobility, #EVs

This week: Flying cars, China pushes electric vehicles, and the future of the automobile.

The Future, This Week 7 Jun 19: #DigitalMarketing, #Apple, #TheNorthFace

This week: Apple’s privacy push cuts out marketers, marketing to the algorithm and robot furniture

The Future, This Week 31 May 19: #MonaLisa, #Platforms, #Competition

This week: Mona Lisa’s fake smile, more Digital Humans, and missing platform competition.

How close is Sydney to the vision of creating three 30-minute cities?

The Greater Sydney Commission has proposed a 40-year vision of a metropolitan region formed of three “cities”: the Eastern “Harbour” City, the Central “River” City, and the Western “Parkland” City.

The Future, This Week 17 May 19: #GOT gets real

This week: real-life implications of Game of Thrones.

Should Facebook be broken up?

One of Facebook’s founders says the company is too big and powerful. Kai Riemer speaks with Kia Handley on ABC Radio Newcastle.

The Future, This Week 3 May 19: #OldTownRoad and #Microbiome disruption

This week: wonderful country-trap, weird bacteria innovation, and Elon’s leaf-blower.

The Future, This Week 10 May 19: #biodiversity, swearing robot

This week: a million species disappear: what that means, what we can do, and a swearing robot.

Making better decisions – every time

A rigorously applied systematic approach will produce a better decision every time.

Future Fintech: Who will the odds favour?

“From a customer point of view consolidation is not actually such a bad thing.”

The Future, This Week 19 Apr 19: #996, #futureofwork, #GOT

This week: #996 working long hours, predicting work and who dies on Game of Thrones.

The Future, This Week 12 Apr 19: #TechLash

This week: the #TechLash bandwagon: companies, people and governments

The Future, This Week 5 Apr 19: #ChinaTech: chatbots and #TikTok

This week: A special on #ChinaTech, with chatbots and the TikTok phenomenon

The Future, This Week 29 Mar 19: It’s all #AppleNews

This week: a lot of #AppleNews, platforms and piracy.

When even winning is losing. The surprising cost of defeating Philip Morris over plain packaging

Australia scored a victory over the tobacco giant Philip Morris in the High Court in 2012. The court held that Australia’s plain cigarette packaging laws were legal and did not constitute an unjust confiscation of trademarks and intellectual property.

The Future, This Week 22 Mar 19: More #BreakUpBigTech

This week: the five conversations at the heart of #BreakUpBigTech

Vivid Sydney: Love/Machine

AI is creating digital people – will they (be) like us?

The future of you

Your future is not yet written. Here are some ideas currently being tested that aim to put people at the centre of discussions about a better AI future.

Giving the world a better face

What happens when technology has a human face? In the future digital assistants will not just be disembodied voices: soon we will be gazing into an emotionally rich, apparently human, 3D digital face.

The Future, This Week 1 Mar 19: data is not oil, dangerous AI, and robo-monk

This week: why data is not like oil, dangerous AI, and a robot that gives sermons.

The Future, This Week 22 Feb 19: predictions, predictions and more predictions

This week: looking ahead, looking back and looking to see what looking means.

Misbehaving with Dan Ariely

Leading behavioural economist Professor Dan Ariely shares his insights into US politics, how we think about inequality, his desire to become a waiter – plus his advice on how to split the bill.

Changing nature of the campus

Associate Professor Eric Knight, the University of Sydney’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (research enterprise and engagement), explains why disruptive business education models are originating from academics sensing opportunities beyond the classroom.

Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 5

Season 5 of The Future, This Week – stay tuned.

The words that ate 2018

Each year the Macquarie Dictionary Committee choose a new word that represents the year gone by. Drawn from a short list, the words selected are both innovative and highly topical: so it’s no coincidence we have delved into some of the issues underlying these evolving words.

The Future, This Week 21 Dec 2018: coffee, chickens, and fake food

This week: a food Christmas special with coffee, chickens and a fake food future.

The future of food

In 2018 we looked at the future of food from the soil it will grow in to the spectre of a global shortage in just 10 years. So much food for thought.


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