Future of Banking Futurist keynote - scale, legacy systems, cybersecurity risks and customer expectations - VIDEO / POST

Comment after Future Banking keynote for Wolters Kluwer in Portugal: Expect radical changes in banking, driven by emotion as well as tech. For example in Germany, % of economy traded online is only 25% of that in the UK because of differences in trust re online payments. Expect loads more bank mergers: only 2 mobile phone operating systems in world; 2 major airline builders; 6 major auto companies BUT 26,000 banks / credit unions, while costs spiral / bank with regulation, cybersecurity etc. Major challenge to mergers will continue to be legacy systems since 97/100 largest banks globally still using cobol-based 1980s type systems on IBM hardware, costing on AVERAGE $100m to maintain EACH, with massive headaches to integrate to or more such dinosaurs after every merger or acquisition. Comment after keynote on future of banking for Wolters Kluwer. Comment after Future Banking keynote for Wolters Kluwer in Portugal: Expect radical...

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Future of Heat and Power in Cities - how to wean our world from traditional gas boilers - one of greatest emitters globally of CO2. Futurist keynote at Euroheat and Power event - VIDEO of entire keynote

Here is the video of my keynote for Euroheat and Power Congress on next generation green tech innovation:  how to transform heating of homes, factories, offices, hospitals and schools using combined heat and power (CHC) units, district heating units.

Read more: Future of Heat and Power in Cities - how to wean our world from traditional gas boilers - one of greatest emitters globally of CO2. Futurist keynote at Euroheat and Power event - VIDEO of entire keynote

   

How to stay close to customers! Simple step costs nothing, creates magic and customer engagement. How to build trust and win contracts. Futurist keynote VIDEO / POST

Secret of customer engagement.  "Change how you communicate. Phone and email is a waste of time if you want to build trust and be part of the customer's "family". Text really matters - keep really close, share personally, be a friend, become a trusted confidant and advisor, and you are already most of the way to closing a major deal, over competitors who have only an email relationship."  

One in three people in the UK only use phone calls to speak to their parents.  They are most likely to send texts to partners and WhatsApp messages to friends.  Most people find social media more convenient than talking on the phone, yet most companies are lagging far behind in how they communicate to customers and their teams. 

Read more: How to stay close to customers! Simple step costs nothing, creates magic and customer engagement. How to build trust and win contracts. Futurist keynote VIDEO / POST

   

Future Industry 4.0 - robotics, automation, AI, logistics, supply chains - manufacturing keynote by Futurist speaker - VIDEO

Comment at BEMAS innovation / maintenance / asset management awards.

Celebrating improvements in reliability and efficiency, engineering, maintenance. Predictive maintenance schedules.

How to use artificial intelligence to predict factory failures. Industry examples in energy, book printing, telcos. Infosys predictive analytics - using microphones and analysing sound patterns to predict imminent catastrophe and risks on oil rigs.

Read more: Future Industry 4.0 - robotics, automation, AI, logistics, supply chains - manufacturing keynote by Futurist speaker - VIDEO

   

Future of plastics and oceans - what next in global response. The truth about recycling industry globally. Sustainability keynote speaker VIDEO / POST

Future of plastics and how emotion drives single issues, creating people movements and immediate changes in government regulation, corporate behaviour. Around 400 million tons of plastic is in already in the oceans, and on current trends, the weight of marine plastics will be greater than all the fish in the sea by 2050.

Micro-particles are now found in just about every marine creature, as well as in millions of people. Expect thousands of new regulations over the next decade globally, to force rapid action on this problem. Part of this will involve a big rethink about polyester clothing – a single clothes wash can release 700,000 microplastic fibres. Read Future of Almost Everything book extract...

Read more: Future of plastics and oceans - what next in global response. The truth about recycling industry globally. Sustainability keynote speaker VIDEO / POST

   

Expect water conflicts and water wars - lessons from Danube and Nile. Why water is becoming an issue of national security for many nations. Making cities water sustainable. POST / VIDEO

Water is already a scarce and badly managed resource globally. Expect water conflicts - local, national and international, and even water wars. Comment from banks of Danube river in Hungary, Budapest. Lessons from river Nile - Uganda and Sudan. Comment by Patrick Dixon.

"Over a decade ago I warned of water wars, and that water would become a national security issue. We have seen this recently in Syria and Iraq. Rivers, canals, dams, water treatment plants and pipelines have all become military targets. Entire cities in desert areas can easily be placed under siege if their water is cut off."

Read more: Expect water conflicts and water wars - lessons from Danube and Nile. Why water is becoming an issue of national security for many nations. Making cities water sustainable. POST / VIDEO

   

10 simple steps to add over 10 years to your life - how to increase your life expectancy and personal happiness - FEATURE

How to add 10 years to your life expectancy in 10 easy steps

As a physician and a futurist I am often asked how to live a long and healthy life.

1.  Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
2.  Exercise regularly - at least 2 hours a week (brisk walking does count)
3.  Don't smoke tobacco / use nicotine products
4.  Keep body weight at healthy level]
5.  Limit alcohol to one drink a day (average)
6.  Keep a positive outlook on life
7.  Form happy, long term relationships
8.  Find work or volunteering that you enjoy and you feel makes a difference
9.  Move to a nation with excellent free health care
10.  Seek early advice if you have symptoms which could be serious

Read more: 10 simple steps to add over 10 years to your life - how to increase your life expectancy and personal happiness - FEATURE

   

Why NO DEAL Brexit creates an instant nightmare for the EU because Irish/UK border cannot be closed - around 60,000 video views

Just returning from Brussels which was gridlocked yesterday with all EU national leaders. Boris Johnson set to become UK's next Prime Minister at next such gathering - part of long term global shift against politicians with carefully written, measured autocue speeches packed with well-researched facts, in favour of leaders who are more spontaneous, impulsive, emotional, outrageous and "authentic", looser with truth, often people with "colourful" and controversial personal lives.

And Brexit? Trouble is that in BOTH cases, the reality is that a no deal option is a nightmare. For Brussels it will certainly plunge the EU into customs chaos, because whatever they say, the UK / EU border CANNOT be properly closed. The ROI / NI border will continue to be a soft one because neither ROI nor UK have political interest or the resources to close over 300 miles of countryside border. Such a nightmare for the EU could only be stopped by effectively throwing the ROI out of the free trade area, placing it on a similar trade basis as the UK - with customs controls between ROI and rest of the EU. 

But this would be highly controversial and itself trigger a massive political crisis within the EU itself. The unavoidable conclusion is that in the event of a so-called No Deal Exit in October, if that were to happen at all, the UK and EU will both continue to be highly motivated to shift to a trade agreement, which would probably be implemented step by step, sector by sector, week by week, with all kinds of uncertainties in the meantime.

Read more: Why NO DEAL Brexit creates an instant nightmare for the EU because Irish/UK border cannot be closed - around 60,000 video views

   

Future of District Heating and Energy / Power. Smart cities, energy saving, zero carbon houses, reducing carbon emissions. Euroheat green tech keynote by Futurist keynote speaker Patrick Dixon - VIDEO

District Heating, Cooling and Energy is growing rapidly globally as a strategy to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and save costs - and will reach $250bn a year of new investment by 2025.

More efficient than every home running their own gas boilers or air conditioning. Key is integration of many different energy sources including industrial waste heat, solar, wind, biomass and so on alongside gas etc.

Nations like China, Germany and Denmark have already invested heavily in this area. Comment before keynote at Euroheat conference in Nantes, by Futurist Keynote Speaker Patrick Dixon, Chairman Global Change Ltd

Read more: Future of District Heating and Energy / Power. Smart cities, energy saving, zero carbon houses, reducing carbon emissions. Euroheat green tech keynote by Futurist keynote speaker Patrick Dixon - VIDEO

   

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