3D printing comes of age – creating major urban infrastructure

I am a huge fan of Amara’s Law, and have been known to quote it extensively in talks. This is because humans are not very good at estimating things. Especially estimating what technologies will have long term impact on our lives. “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Roy Amara, past … Continue reading 3D printing comes of age – creating major urban infrastructure

Cloud is the future, serverless is the way to go

I’ve been hosting production workloads on Amazon Web Services for over 5 years now, and am also hosting production workloads on Azure and Google Cloud as well. There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for containerisation, and many are loving on kubernetes and docker. But this seems to merely be a cul de sac on the road to a serverless future. There is a … Continue reading Cloud is the future, serverless is the way to go

Future of work and the growth of populist politics

The future of work has been an emerging issue for a long time, and now as automation disrupts traditional employment, it is safe to say that it has emerged. It is becoming increasingly urgent to find a solution for those displaced. We need new ideas and approaches to this problem. Otherwise we will see a large number of people out of the workforce for long periods, with a … Continue reading Future of work and the growth of populist politics

Digital citizens and the future of government

Hosted a panel at the UNSW Michael Crouch Innovation Centre last week with Selena Griffith on Digital Citizens and the Future of Government with Dominic Campbell, Penny Webb-Smart, and Amelia Loye. You can view the video here Panel members Dominic Campbell is a digital government entrepreneur with a background in government policy and technology-led change. He is an experienced in organisation design and has senior management experience in … Continue reading Digital citizens and the future of government

Jobs free future: Machines v Lawyers

    “As information technology advances, the legal profession faces a great disruption.” Along with this disruption come serious questions for the future of legal education, legal careers, and the nature of legal business models. In Machines v. Lawyers Professor John O. McGinnis outlines the five key areas of legal practice that are under threat of disruption by ‘machine intelligence’: discovery legal search legal forms legal memos … Continue reading Jobs free future: Machines v Lawyers

Turf wars on the frontiers of the sharing economy

The sharing economy is turning into big business now, with companies perceiving a potential advantage: Looking to save money, big business dives into the sharing economy. And, as this new economy grows, there will be turf wars between the old and the new world. A recent headline on Mashable read “New York Goes to War Against Airbnb for Disrupting Hotel Business“. I’ve been expecting to see headlines like this … Continue reading Turf wars on the frontiers of the sharing economy