Episodes
TSMC now makes the best computer chips - making Taiwan a prize that China needs in order to continue its rise as an economic and military superpower. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/06/21
For sixty years, Intel made the best chips in the world. As of 2020, they no longer do - and a company you've likely never heard of now holds the chipmaking crown. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/30/21
More than 60 years ago, integrated circuits created a revolution in electronics that transformed the entire world. How are chips made? And why do we keep getting better at making them? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/23/21
GEOPOLICHIPS part 1: Manufacturers of video game consoles, automobiles - even toothbrushes - have been impacted by a global shortage of semiconductor integrated circuits - chips. How did these devices become so central to everything we make? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/16/21
Co-host Sally Dominguez and special correspondent Drew Smith explore the many facets of vehicle electrification with Mark. EVs are finally happening - but does that make them inevitable? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/11/21
Australia’s cities are already chockers with electric bikes, electric scooters - even electric uniwheel skateboards. Has the nation already made a transition to EVs? And what does this tell us about the future of the family car? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/28/21
Sally Dominguez takes us beyond battery-powered vehicles, opening the door to a future featuring hydrogen, “paste”, and ammonia-powered engines. This diverse transition from fossil fuels enables a range of new vehicles for all of the ways we’ll live and work in the decades to come. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/21/21
Special correspondent Drew Smith explores a European car market that appears to have reached a tipping point in sales of electric vehicles. Is it real? Is it sustainable? Can the power grid handle all those new EVs? Drew asks the experts - and gets some surprising answers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/14/21
The Capitol Insurrection, #wallstreetbets and Facebook’s brief war with Australia demonstrate the power of social media to change how we believe - and behave. At the end of this decade, could social media drive us all into our own private worlds of fantasy, conspiracy, and fakery? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/07/21
Prediction: Our long-running low-level spats with China are the new normal, the Chinese superpower rubbing up against the regional power of Australia. Series 5 continues with some predictions on geopolitics in this decade, when America and China swap positions, and political power tilts eastward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 02/28/21
Prediction: At least half of all passenger vehicles sold by 2030 will be electric, revolutionising transportation - and energy. Series 5 continues with more bold predictions for the next decade -- an era of transition and remediation, as we work to cool the climate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 02/21/21
Revolutionising how we spend, save and invest - Series 5 launches with bold predictions for the next decade - starting with the incredible transformations happening to money. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 02/14/21
The pandemic has touched every aspect of our lives - forcing us to recalibrate our privacy, our connections with others, even the way we use cash. Walking through series 4, we peek into a few of the significant discoveries in this series - reflecting on what we’ve learned. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 12/15/20
Do we have surrender our hopes for utopia, or can we learn from others who found the levers to move our world to a better place? Together, are we strong enough to use these tools to change our course? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 12/08/20
PayPal is the global leader in payments. Early in 2021 they’ll offer Bitcoin to their nearly half billion users, changing how we think of money. Are we ‘crossing the Rubicon’ into a time when cryptocurrencies are used and traded by people everywhere? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/10/20
We’re rapidly erasing the boundary between the make-believe worlds of video games and the real world of sensors and visualisation. Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2020 allows you to fly over the whole world - with all the cities and countryside presented in detail - just as they are in reality. Is it now possible to “fly" through everything we know about the world - But there's even more being simulated for us to explore, from ground level, all the way up to the heavens. See...
Published 10/21/20
In the late 90s, military technology collided with entertainment, a destiny reaching back to the first flight simulators, nearly a century ago. We have amazing games today because of the Cold War - and a historic tank battle no one saw coming.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/14/20
The post-COVID world won’t be dominated by office work. We’ll blend technologies - and new leadership skills - to create meaningful 21st century jobs. Australian tech giant 'Atlassian’s' “work futurist” Dom Price and Sally Dominguez share insights we can all apply to craft a career that’s both satisfying, and resilient in a world of rising automation. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/23/20
It should be getting harder to steal - but connectivity is helping thieves, possibly even more than it helps us protect ourselves from theft. So, now that everything is connected can our possessions tell us where they are so we can bring them home?   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/21/20
Can airlines recover after the 99% fall in International flights during the pandemic? If they do, will we even be able to afford the ticket? Is there any future in cheap travel?  Airline expert Ron Bartsch takes us on a journey through the near future of air travel : It looks a lot like the past, when air travel was expensive - and subsidised by governments. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/16/20
Life in the bush can be beautiful - and dangerous. Can a simple examination of our homes make them safer in bushfires? How can we ‘read’ the bush - and heal it - to avoid catastrophic bushfires? Mark Pesce speaks with Indigenous land and fire expert Victor Steffenson about what we don’t know about the bush - and should. Architect Ian Weir then walks us through some simple steps to make a home in the bush more resistant to bushfire. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/14/20
How can we prepare for more frequent heatwaves? The hot, dry conditions that preceded our Black Summer bushfires are becoming more common. Paleoclimatologist Nerilie Abram used coral samples to look back into a thousand years of climate, and heatwave expert Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick analysed the last seventy years of global data about heatwaves. Our climate past gives us a view into a hot future.   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/09/20
Fire, Floods, COVID 19, what can we expect to happen next and how can we be ready for it? Over the next 6 episodes we have put together the 'Users Guide to the Future'. Starting with the future of rain, heavier rain, causing coastal erosion and floods. How can we prepare to meet these risks - to keep ourselves and homes safe? We listened to some of the world's leading climate scientists - including Australian of the Year Tim Flannery - to learn all about the future of precipitation, then...
Published 09/07/20
Planetary limits on farming will accelerate a post-meat future. Are plants the only path, or can we grow meat without raising animals? And what does it mean for food when we can grow any meat we want to eat in a brewer’s vat?
Published 08/11/20
Now that we can make “meat” from plants that people prefer to animals - what will we choose to eat?  v2Food’s ‘Rebel’ Whopper charts that journey - from soybean to burger patty - via a lot of science, a blind taste test, and an ignored email.
Published 08/04/20