Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Stuff > December 2019 > NEXT BIG THINGS


The future of gadgets is always a tough one to predict, so we asked someone else to do the hard work for us

Chimp chauffeurs, roads replaced by tubes and rocket mail are just some of the forecasts for 2020 that look set to miss the mark. No mention of Spurs winning silverware… but it just goes to show, making predictions is risky. So to mark our 250th issue with some future-gazing, we decided to largely wash our hands of it.

Instead meet Matthew Griffin, an award-winning futurist dubbed ‘the adviser behind the advisers’, whose clients include leading tech firms and governments. “I look at two types of future: 0-20 years, where most companies sit, and 20-50 years, where most governments try to sit,” Griffin tells Stuff. “Take Samsung and Huawei. The world’s two largest phone makers are pretty much the only companies I’ve come across that by their own definition live in a permanent state of crisis, fearing they’ll be disrupted, so they’re fixated with continually inventing ‘the next thing’.”

Griffin claims Huawei has a ‘2012 Division’, named after the disaster movie, where a team of over 200 people look at every weird piece of new tech and “have a faff about” to figure out how best to use it – not unlike the Stuff office. Samsung has a team up to 3000 building all manner of prototypes.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Stuff - December 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - December 2019
Or 799 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.66 per issue
Or 2199 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 5.08 per issue
Or 6099 points

View Issues

About Stuff

The latest issue of Stuff is now available to download