In this episode Steve Sammartino talks about “the future”, sharing his predicted changes for our world based on the interconnection of human behaviour, technology and economics, studying the patterns and trends to determine where they are going to go in the near and distant future.

Steve Sammartino

Steve Sammartino is renowned as one of Australia’s leading futurists.

He has had multiple technology startups and launched one of the first “Sharing Economy” startups – Rentoid, that he had a successful exit from.

He is a global thought leader and authority on disruption and the author of two books, “The Great Fragmentation – Why the future of business is so small” and “The Lessons That School Forgot – How to hack your way through technology”.

He has also invested in some crazy projects over time, including building a full size drivable car that runs on air and was made using 500,000 pieces of Lego and also sending a Lego rocket into space orbit.

Steve provides expert commentary on emerging technology on Australian TV and news. He has a sharp focus on its impact on business and society. He’s the guy who always knows what’s happening, what’s next and how it will change our world. He know’s how to express big and sometime complex ideas in language everyone can understand.

You can follow Steve Sammartino on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Future

In this episode we explore

  • What is a futurist is.
  • Predicted changes for our world in terms of human behaviour, technology and economics and how they all interconnect.
  • What determines whether or not a technology will be adopted.
  • The future of work and how the way we work will change in the not too distant future.
  • How labour and location can now be seperate and what that means for the future of work.
  • How being an employee is a short-term phenomenon and why jobs may become a thing of the past and what we will be doing instead when it comes to employment.
  • Why the education system is broken and what changes need to be made so that our children are prepared for their futures, which will be significantly different from what lay ahead of us when we left school.
  • Whether or not being a digital nomad is sustainable long term.
  • How place and belonging has been so important to humans throughout history and whether or not that is likely to change.
  • Why we need a Government intervention through regulations around the use of technology in a similar way to how the Government has regulated other areas of our lives such as workplace safety in order to create civil society for commerce and for capitalism.
  • Why we need to bring back the teaching of “civics” as a subject in schools.
  • How our private details are now a commodity and what we need to be doing now to better protect our data.
  • How blockchain technologies can help protect our privacy.
  • Why MyGov is not a secure system.
  • Why GDPR is a bad idea and how it should’ve been applied instead.
  • The key elements that need to be considered prior to being able to successfully disrupt an industry.
  • How disruptors and now disrupting the disruptors and why the initial disruptors are not always the ones to dominate an industry longterm.
  • Changes coming to where we work and why the concept of an office is an outdated concept that needs to be reconsidered.
  • How technology is impacting where we live and what we surround ourselves with when at home.
  • Whether or not it will be possible to have a home that is high tech and connected, but at the same time is “off the grid”.
  • The shift away from a heavy reliance on scarce energy resources and towards renewable energy how that impact will impact the different areas of our lives.
  • Whether or not we will we be flying around in drones anytime soon as our primary form of transportation.

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