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Futurist Keynote, Australia: The Future of Rail 2070 with RISSB



In this keynote session futurist Matthew Griffin discusses how technology is and will continue to change how we travel whether it’s by road, rail, sea, or space …


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Firstly, thank you to Laura at the Australian Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) for asking me to be their keynote speaker at their annual Australasian Rail Safety Summit where I was asked to present on the Future of Rail 2070 and give the audience a deep future view of what the railways of the future will or could look like.


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During my presentation, alongside other luminaries from the industry who discussed everything from the future of cyber operations in the sector through to the future of interoperability, safety, and skills, I took the audience on a journey through the global and regional trends and technologies shaping the future of the rail industry and its ecosystem of partners.


The Future of Rail 2070, by futurist keynote Matthew Griffin


Trends such as the rise of national and trans-continental High Speed Rail (HSR) networks that include everything from 600kmh wirelessly powered Maglevs through to the latest 2,500kmh Chinese T-Flight hyperloops. And then I took them on a journey through the future of Web 3.0 enabled autonomous operations, the future of competition, and way beyond.


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As we see the rise of new supersonic and hypersonic transportation formats – for both cargo and passengers which include everything from aircraft and trains to rockets – as well as the emergence of new AI powered transportation systems, revolutionary new infrastructure construction technologies, and many other new innovations I showed the audience that the future of rail is going to be anything but dull, and also anything but certain …

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