The Future, This Week 17 March 2017

This week: why electric cars are nothing like fax machines, Elon Musk offers to solve South Australia’s power problems in 100 days, and a strange experiment at the German space agency.

How global cities compete

Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this trend is expected to continue. So how do cities compete with each other? We talk to Professor Bo Nielsen to find out.

Urban impact entrepreneurship

We talk to May Samali, Director at Tumml and University of Sydney Alumni, about how can we help entrepreneurs make our cities better.

Is business the answer to poverty alleviation?

We talk to Associate Professor Ranjit Voola who advocates re-imagining the purpose of business, where there is both an economic and moral imperative for businesses to engage in alleviating poverty, whilst making profits.

Machine learning – mapping the world’s collective intelligence

The time we spend trying to parse the data to make informed decisions, but also to try to identify new connections and trends is growing exponentially. We talk to Dan Buczaczer from Quid about how machine intelligence is helping us interrogate the world’s collective intelligence.

Can innovation centres tame the wild?

Are today’s innovation centres, hubs, labs the answer to driving innovation in business today? Or much like animals in farms or zoos, an attempt ‘tame the wild’?