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Will the reality match the hype that’s promised from a future with driverless cars? Shutterstock/Karsten Neglia

A future world full of driverless cars… seriously?!

Driverless cars are the future, right? Wait. While things would be simple if our roads were 100% driverless, getting there is anything but. And planning for roads shared by robots and humans is hard.
There could be plenty of demand from the space tour guides of the near future. Flickr/Pedro Vezini

Want to be a space tour guide? Apply here… in 2025

Space tourists will need someone to show them around. This is just one of several jobs that currently don't exist but are expected to be a reality with in a decade.
New jobs, such as big data doctor, might be just around the corner. Shutterstock

Are you ready for the jobs of the future?

Automation is likely to destroy many jobs, but create new ones in their stead. We must adapt to what those new jobs will be.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Election 2016: the issues in non-metropolitan Australia

What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
Is this a vision of the future? Robot worker image via

Are robots taking our jobs?

In the past, technology both destroyed and created jobs. Is that trend ending?
2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system. NASA

2015, the year that was: Science + Technology

2015 was a year where we expanded our view of the universe, embraced new technologies and got a hint of the profound changes to come.

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