Thought Pieces

Creative Innovation 2017 Asia Pacific – Theme Abstract

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Human Intelligence 2.0 – Thriving in the Age of Acceleration

“Things are getting better and better and worse and worse, faster and faster, simultaneously.” Tom Atlee

Never before has one species been able to conquer or impact so many elements on Earth so dramatically. We are accelerating into the future. The rate of change continues to astonish us, and the awesome power of human ingenuity enables us to make what was once consigned to the pages of science fiction novels reality.

But, the increased progress is creating a parallel sense of existential dread. Are we the masters of our future? Will we set the direction for the economy and the environment? Will we set out the nature of the ethical society we want to live in?  Or will events and mistakes overtake us?

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Australia launches machine-learning centre to decrypt the personal genome

Monday, 8 May 2017

Cosmos Magazine

When it made the cover of Time magazine 16 years ago, the human genome project promised a new era of precision medicine: each person’s health care would be customized to their genetic blueprint. Some critics have quipped that so far, the impact on medicine has been minor.

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Facing up to digital disruption: Reinventing the core with bold business strategy

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

McKinsey & Co

Going digital is now a core strategy for many organizations around the world. Our new research sheds light on how digital is slicing across industries and the potential approaches companies can take to integrate digital where it makes the most sense for their business. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey senior partner Paul Willmott and senior expert Laura LaBerge speak with McKinsey Publishing’s David Schwartz about ways companies can think about digitization within their sector and the potential impact of their digital strategies on the bottom line.

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Creative Innovation 2016 post-conference recommendations paper for Australia’s Future

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Prepared by Terry Barnes, policy consultant and media commentator

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “the only constant of life is change”. How right he was.
But the pace of change Heraclitus would have experienced several thousand years ago is glacial compared to what we experience today. Technologically, economically and politically, the world of 2017 is light years removed from the world of fifty years ago, let alone the world immediately before the Industrial and Communications Revolutions.

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Falling for robots. What happens when androids are allowed in the bedroom?

Monday, 28 November 2016


A group of academics is now warning about the harm sex robots could pose to women and children. Robots are also depicted in the UK series Humans. Futurist Martin Ford was recently in Australia for the Creative Innovation conference. The film ‘Her’ told the story of a man who fell in love with his smartphone OS.

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Artificial creativity: Is it possible for an AI to create revolutionary art?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016


With the progress we’ve seen in artificial intelligence over the past year, there’s been a lot of excited talk about AI and creativity. Can we make AI systems that are creative? And what does that mean? We’ve seen AIs that can write relatively formulaic newspaper stories, paint new Dutch Masters, apply Van Gogh’s style to arbitrary pictures and play Go brilliantly. But is that creativity? As the clichéd question goes, “Is it art?”

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