Created over two years ago by Douglas Nicol, Partner at our creative agency, The Works and Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Technology and Innovation at Norton Rose Fulbright this podcaset series is still going strong.
Each episode looks at the ever-changing world of technology, data and innovation - and how these latest trends are influencing businesses and communities around the world.
Check out their most recent episode:
EPISODE 31: Smart Dust: Tech Trends - NeuralImplants, managing your personal carbon footprint and the extraordinary IPO ofLemonade
In this episode Dougand Nick chat about the world of neural implants where recent advances incomputing and bioelectronics have enabled true bidirectional interactionsbetween machines and the human brain. No keyboard, no voice interactionrequired. It is truly inspiring what these advances can do for medicine.
They also look at how tech is helping individual citizens deal with climate change, and the stunning IPO of Insurance disruptorLemonade, who have reinvented the dusty old world of insurance.
Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/
How to listen
You can find Smart Dust on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify
Episode 30: Tim Reed on investment strategies andgood leadership
In this episode we chat with the amazing Tim Reed , thePresident of the Business Council Of Australia. We discuss the investmentdecision-making process, terrain-based business strategy versustrajectory-based strategy and the challenges that Covid has presented theeconomy. We also explore with Tim the traits that he sees as critical to goodleadership in 2020.
Date published: Jul 29, 2020 | 40 min
Episode 29: David Gonski on creative intelligence,education and his secret to giving good career advice
Douglas and Nick interview one of Australia’s most respectedbusiness leaders, David Gonski. Gonski holds a number of impressive boardtitles, including Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy,Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Galleryof NSW Trust and Chair of ANZ Bank, just to name a few.
Date published: Jul 06, 2020 | 25 min
Episode 28: COVID-19 impacts on tech, innovation andonline services
We explore how COVID-19 has sparked diversification withglobal tech giants like Google, as they move into the healthcare space. We alsodiscuss how software company Tableau has engineered a COVID-19 Data Hub forcollating the latest in the virus outbreak and management. Douglas and Nickchat about the role of social platforms in tracking the spread of thecoronavirus, before diving into the stats on streaming services in Australiaand the implications for consumers in an increasingly saturated video on demandmarketplace. We wrap up the episode with a crash test of the latest VODplatform to launch, Quibi, and how it is providing a personalised experience tocontent consumption, built purposefully for mobile.
Date published: Jun 22, 2020 | 26 min
Episode 27: Ashley Friedlein on digitaltransformation, entrepreneurship & unified communications
In this episode we chat to Ashley Friedlein, the Founder ofEconsultancy, an international marketing consultancy agency. Nick questionsAshley on how COVID-19 has impacted his Marketing & Digital Trends2020-2030 report, before exploring the role of digital platforms in shapinginternal corporate communications.
Date published: Jun 11, 2020 | 45 min
Episode 26: Animal Logic's Zareh Nalbandian onanimation and creativity
Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian co-founded the animationcompany in Crows Nest, Sydney in 1991. Their films include the Academyaward-winning Happy Feet, The Lego Movie, and Peter Rabbit. In this episode,Zareh speaks to Douglas and Nick about how animation has developed over past 30years, how the studio has grown and changed, and where he sees the future ofcreativity.
Date published: May 4, 2020 | 36 min
Episode 25: German Ramirez: Staying relevant in theage of blockchain
German Ramirez's job is to focus on the relevance ofblockchain. Whether it's renewable energy companies, cryptocurrency or theproperty market, he's looking to how to harness his 20+ years in digitalinnovation to understand this will impact on industries across the world andhow to market to them. In this episode, German, who is the CEO is Swiss-basedblockchain marketing firm The Relevance House, takes Nick and Douglas throughthe industries that are ripe for disruption, how a decentralised ledger works,and what we can do to prepare for the future.
Date published: Apr 23, 2020 | 29 min
Episode 24: Amy Webb's 2020 tech trends
What are the forthcoming strategic technology trends thatwill shape and affect businesses, governments, education, and media this year,and for years to come? Each year quantitative futurist Amy Webb, CEO of theFuture Today Institute releases a Tech Trends Report. In this episode, Douglasand Nick discuss the most interesting trends from the report and give theirtake on how it will be applied to society. They'll cover everything from thehow your DNA could change the way we shop to a new version of the Turing Test.
And as a bonus, this episode also includes last year's SmartDust interview with Amy Webb, recorded after the release of her 2019 TechTrends report. It provides an interesting insight into how the world haschanged since the last report.
Date published: Mar 17, 2020 | 67 min
Episode 23: Bem Le Hunte: how we can all utilisecreative intelligence to solve problems
Novelist and UTS’s Creative Intelligence and Innovationcourse director Bem Le Hunte joins The Works’ Douglas Nicol and Norton RoseFulbright’s Nick Abrahams to discuss what the concept of creative intelligenceactually means on a day-to-day basis.
Date published: Jan 11, 2020 | 29 min
Episode 22: Deep fakes, Instagram shopping and spacetourism
Three trends which will help define 2020: Instagramshopping, deep fakes and space tourism. We discuss how these will shape theworld around us in this year's first edition of Smart Dust.
Date published: Jan 3, 2020 | 27 min
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