The Internet of Us: RADCOMM2017

I will be one of the keynote speakers of this event. I appreciate the invitation from RADCOMMS17 committee and extend thanks to the ACMA whom have been a target audience of our previous research.

Title: The Internet of Us

Abstract: Microchipping humans was once the stuff of science fiction but today we seem to be more than just dabbling in our dreams. For some fusing technology with the flesh will herald in an unforeseen utopia, and yet for others embedded sensors ‘under the skin’ is a clear marker of a dystopic future. What are the social implications of opting in or opting out to such a cyborgian vision? What are the unintended consequences of becoming an electrophorus? And what are the opportunity costs of not doing so? This presentation will describe where humans fit into The Internet of Things equation, and how we might be propelling ourselves toward an Internet of Us before too long. Welcome to uberveillance, where you too, might well be considered a node on a 5G network. It’s time to talk about the sociotechnical implications of humancentric embedded non-medical telecommunications devices that can be injected or even swallowed.

Biography: Katina Michael is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She has a PhD in automatic identification innovation, a Masters in Transnational Crime Prevention and a Bachelors of Information Technology. She started out her career as a Graduate Engineer for Nortel Networks in 1996 and stayed with the company for six years working in pre-sales engineering throughout Asia and North America. In academia, Katina has authored seven books, guest edited 12 special journal issues, and written over a hundred peer reviewed papers. In 2008, Katina was successful in attaining a significant Australian Research Council grant on the topic of Location Based Services and Telecommunications Policy in Australia and has been researching the social implications of emerging technologies for twenty years. Katina is Editor in Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and a Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.

Full program available here

Banking Innovation: Self-authentication – is it possible and plausible?


Self authentication – is it possible or plausible?

— Identification is changing rapidly today with the use of biometrics to facial recognition and other invasive technologies. We will explore if self-authentication is not only possible today but is it secure and safe?

Professor Katina Michael, School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong

Here, I will explore the whole idea of "self-authentication" which includes Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Microchip Implants and other sensory technology that banks are using and exploring. The session will explore the possibilities, and whether or not these possibilities are safe, secure and also ethical. Are they violating our privacy in ways we could never understand, inclusive of both intended and unintended consequences. Bitcoin and blockchain will come into the discussion.

Biography: Katina Michael is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has been studying the technological trajectory of consumer-facing banking technologies since 1996. She holds a BIT, Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention and PhD in automatic identification innovation. Katina is the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor in chief and senior editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She has written numerous books, among them a co-authored reference volume titled: "Innovative Automatic Identification and Location-Based Services: From Bar Codes to Chip Implants".

11th October, 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, Sponsored by Ovum

Keynote Address: 12.45-1.15 pm

Big Ideas Festival @ UOW

Very excited about being the MC for this event along side Tony Okely.

See you there. For more visit here.

The UOW Big Ideas Festival is back!

Wednesday October 4th - 2017

The UOW Big Ideas Festival is a showcase of the University’s ground-breaking research from our outstanding researchers. This free event for the community will see some of UOW's newest Professors present an 8-10 minute talk on their big research idea - on the stage of the University Hall on the main campus of UOW. As well, there will be a special guest speaker: prominent environmentalist Professor Tim Flannery, interactive research stalls from key University research areas, and music and entertainment. 

Historical Review of Microchipping People for Non-Medical Applications (1997-2017)

Preamble: I was asked by U3A in Frenchs Forest, NSW, to give a talk on my reference book, co-authored with MG Michael, titled: Innovative Automatic Identification and Location-Based Services: From Bar Codes to Chip Implants. Although the book took some six years to complete, and was published in 2009, it still holds relevance to the use cases that are being implemented worldwide regarding humancentric microchip implants. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to speak for two hours on aspects of the book. I hope to focus on 20 years of micro-chipping people for non-medical applications from 1997 to 2007. Much has happened since the early demonstrations of implantables that have nothing to do with prosthesis. But for those who have been observing the developments over time, the quandary between microchip in humans for medical and non-medical reasons is closing. Recently I came across one story, which rightly described the ability for a cochlear implant, to deliver entertainment services straight to somebody's hearing. Taken a little further, we can all speculate, that other members of society might well adopt technologies of this kind, for the sheer convenience of not having to carry headphones, or possibly even telephones in the future.

Abstract: For 20 years people have been experimenting with the possibility of inviting technology into the human body for non-medical applications. We have seen artists, academics, corporate environments, law enforcement, and even government agencies, consider the possibility of implanting people for a variety of applications. These include everything from demonstrative purposes, to identity schemes, to location enablement and determination, to interactive services, for epayment, for passwords and logon to technology services, for patronage, to VIPs and security personnel, biohackers, for transit and ticketing, and so much more. From our research, there are three major reasons why people have proposed implants: for convenience care and control, and for tagging tracking and tracing functionality. This talk will be a historical overview of some of these prominent use cases. Katina will present a mixture of audiovisual materials in which she will begin a discussion with audience members about future applications.

Biography: Katina Michael is a professor in the School of computing and information technology at the University of Wollongong. She is the editor in chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and senior editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She has been researching the technological trajectory of microchipping humans for non-medical applications with fellow collaborator MG Michael, for over 20 years. Michael and Michael have edited and co-authored numerous books and guest edited special issues on the theme of emerging technologies, among them IEEE Potentials on the theme of "Unintended Consequences of Technology" with Ramona Pringle of Ryerson University. Be sure to check out a second large corpus of research with over 40 academic contributors in the book titled: Uberveillance and the Social Implications of microchip implants: emerging technologies.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as Emerging Technologies in Social and Environmental Impact

Brief: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as Emerging Technologies and their Potential for Positive (and Negative) Social and Environmental Impact


Date: Tuesday September 26 

Where: EnergyLab/UTS

Audience size:  100-150 in-person participants and an online audience of c. 3500 viewers. 


The event is part of The Greenhouse Project, and event series collaboration hosted by WWF Australia, EnergyLab/UTS and Greenups.

The aim of the series is help to foster of community of interest around the intersection of Technology, Innovation and the Environmental and Social Impact space, with the intention of supporting new partnerships and connections between the traditional NGO/environmental groups and the tech/startup community.  

The series is half way through, and so far themes covered include smart cities and IoTVirtual Reality and Augmented Realityblockchain and distributed computing, and later in the year we’ll investigate electric and autonomous vehicles.

The series will conclude with a hackathon/designathon November aimed at developing some of the ideas that have germinated through the series, with funding and accelerator support available for any successful hackathon projects.


6:00 pm: Doors open, drinks and nibbles available.

6:45 pm: Welcome.

6:50 pm: Introductory Keynote by Prof. Katina Michael.

7:05 pm: moderated panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

- Katina Michael (UOW), Philip Wright (Ethics Centre), 2 others TBA

8.00 pm: Continue the discussion over drinks.

9.00 pm: Event concludes

The evening will begin with a half hour of mingling and networking. At 6:30pm the talks programme will begin with a keynote from Prof. Katina Michael. 


EnergyLab - Building 25, 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale, NSW 2008

EnergyLab UTS, Sydney, Australia

EnergyLab UTS, Sydney, Australia


Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. Is it Planet Saving Tech?

Depending on your framing, the coming age of Artificial Intelligence is either the panacea to all the worlds drudgery or heralds the arrival of our robot overloads and ultimate annihilation.

The truth is clearly somewhere in between, and depends a lot on a careful definition of terms, but either way the arrival of Artificial Intelligence and it’s subordinate cousins Machine & Deep Learning, presents a seismic shift and one which demands our immediate and focused attention.

Artificial Intelligence is here and it’s already doing interesting things, from influencing your Facebook feed to influencing US elections, from predicting your text messages to predicting where extreme weather events will hit, from recognising your voice to recognising endangered tigers.

And that’s just single purpose AI, stuff gets real when we begin to join a few of these ‘intelligences’ together, and Artificial General Intelligence emerges. AGI is still the realm if sci-fi, but for how long and what are the implications?

For the next Greenhouses evening we’ve approached a range of academics and thought-leaders to help us explore this fascinating topic, and help guide us as we decide how we can shape Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in to Planet Saving Technologies.


Ideally the keynote would introduce the concepts of AI, Big Data and Machine Learning, give a bit of the history and the state of the art. but also contextualise the technologies in terms of practical applications, both real world and coming soon, and present some of the social and environmental implications, opportunities and risks.

Time: 10mins

Notes by Benjamin Ward from GreenUps


The purpose of the series is to build a community of interest around the intersection of Technology, Innovation and the Environmental and Social Impact space, with the aim of cultivating new partnerships and connections between the traditional NGO/environmental groups and the tech/startup community.

The series will conclude with a hackathon/designathon November aimed at developing some of the ideas that have germinated through the series, with funding and accelerator support available for any successful hackathon projects.

Innovating at Speed – What are the Road Signs?


Thriving and surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution

The innovation agenda has failed to impress disgruntled voters. Yet technological disruption appears to be gaining pace as it transforms the business landscape. As well as dealing with the competitive threats, how can Australian government and business exploit the opportunities this fourth industrial revolution throws up?

Discussing the policy framework for transforming Australia’s innovation agenda during this unique and unprecedented time, the summit examines how organisations from the blue chip to the start-up are grappling with formulating, implementing and measuring the success of their innovation initiatives to embrace these opportunities fully. The two-day summit will look closely at policy settings, systems and values that can better serve Australians as we ride the technological wave. It will also provide a platform to discuss ethical issues, values and legislating and regulating emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) , artificial intelligence/machine learning and much more. The summit will highlight Australian initiatives that truly make us world leaders whilst investigating the pathways to success, inspiring Australians to embrace a global market and competition at an opportune time.

More here


Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre

Professor Katina Michael, School of Computing and Information Technology, The University of Wollongong

Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Biofoundry

Abdullahi Alim, Head of Practice, Lighthouse Strategies

Christine Owenelle, Purpose Economist, Advisor and Strategist, Owenelle Global Consultancy

Jason Bender, Partner, Head of Innovation, Deloitte Australia

  • What role does technology play in democracy?
  • What is the social contract of technology?
  • Where do we draw the line on human rights in relation to cognitive liberty, mental privacy and mental integrity?
  • Why empathy and ethics will play a far more important role in innovation

Feedback from panel here:

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Citation: Longstaff, Michael, Meow-Meow, Alim, Owenell and Bender in AFR Innovation Summit 19-20 September 2017

Who's Attending:

  • Advanced Manufacuting Growth Centre (AGMC)
  • Altus Traffic
  • AOFM
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication, UNSW Sydney
  • Asurion LLC
  • Atlassian
  • Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering
  • Australian CleanTech
  • Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Ltd
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Baillieu Holst
  • BCAL Diagnostics Pty Ltd
  • BioFoundry
  • Blackbird Ventures
  • Boeing Australia & New Zealand
  • British High Commission
  • Burnet Institute
  • Challenger Limited
  • Chase Consulting
  • Chatsworth Associates
  • Cicada Innovations
  • Cook Medical
  • Crazy Might Work
  • Crescent Wealth
  • CSBP Ltd
  • Deakin University
  • Deloitte
  • Deloitte Australia
  • Department of Industry
  • Department of Industry Innovation
  • Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of the Attorney- General & Justice
  • DSITI- Queensland Government
  • EBL Disability Services
  • Edison Group
  • Elabor8
  • Energy QLD
  • Energy Queensland
  • Fairfax Media
  • Flamingo
  • F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum
  • Foley Durham
  • Food Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Future Fund
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Gretals Australia PTY LTD
  • Gumtree
  • Hatch
  • IAG
  • Ideapod
  • Innovation & Science Australia
  • Innovation and Science Australia
  • Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Intent Global Pty Ltd
  • Inventium
  • Job Capital
  • Johnson and Johnson Innovation
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Landgate
  • Lendlease
  • Lighthouse Strategies
  • Magnify Innovation
  • Marubeni Australia Limited
  • METS Ignited
  • Monash University
  • MTPConnect
  • MYOB
  • MyPass Global
  • NAB
  • NATSPEC Construction Information
  • NERA
  • Norths
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Office of National Assessments
  • Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Oil Search Ltd
  • Owenell Global Consultancy
  • Pathfinder Consulting Group Pty Ltd
  • Powershop Australia & Meridian Energy Australia
  • PresCare
  • QxBranch
  • Rasmax Consultants
  • Refraction Media
  • Replenish Earth
  • Richard A Bobb Chartered Accountants
  • Rural Industries RDC Charles Sturt University
  • SHAVIK Smarter Integrated Software
  • Singularity University
  • Sprout X
  • Standards Australia
  • Stanley and Co.
  • Stockpot
  • Stone & Chalk
  • Suncorp
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneuship
  • TechInSA
  • Telstra
  • Terem Technologies
  • The Australian Financial Review
  • The Ethics Centre
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Technology
  • Universities Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Wollongong
  • UTS
  • Western Sydney University
  • Wrays
  • Zenda Life Foods
  • Ziva

IEEE Sections Congress 2017 - Rights and Wrongs of Implantables

Initially, I was given the brief to speak on a topic titled "The Rights and Wrongs of Implantables". What is right and what is wrong is not for me to decide- I can simply speak about the pros and cons of implantables from my 20 years of researching in this space. 

Our panel represents diverse issues of the Society on the Social Implications of Technology. Please consider joining us as a member at IEEE.

IEEE Sections Congress, Sydney, Australia

John Lewis, Katina Michael, Narelle Clarke, 25 minutes

Aim: To demonstrate how SSIT helps avoid technology failures by identifying challenges in emerging technologies before they happen.

Katina: The rights and wrongs of implantables

John: Social challenges of health informatics [*John was unable to make it due to illness]

Narelle: Keeping a customer focus

IGNITE: Fall-down alerts with RFID

Title: Fall-down alerts with RFID: Behavioural Tracking of At-Risk Patients in a Campus Setting

Presenter: Katina Michael

Affiliation: University of Wollongong, Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society

Representation: Council on RFID

Description: Falls are the leading cause of injury in older persons. Using RFID you can track the movements of an older person with the ability to predict a fall based on patterns of movement in a home, retirement village or hospital. This brief presentation demonstrates the potential benefits of RFID in a positive application of human activity monitoring. Responses to the data recorded by RFID could be to alter conditions where it has been demonstrated that older persons have been prone to falling, providing additional reinforcements and supports in specific zones to prevent accidents, and as a real-time locator. The older person can also use the RFID device to signal for emergency assistance.

Support Sources:

Fall Detection:

Using RFID to prevent or detect falls, wandering, bed egress and medication errors
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Microchipping Beyond Body Modification: New ID for Ticketing and Transportation?

Always delighted to speak at events where the audience is ready to be challenged, and to challenge me back! Thank you Mixed Probus group (Kiama Harbourside) for the wonderful white wine, the delicious lunch we shared together, your willingness to take home and read a copy of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, and your mindful commentary about the future of microchipping humans for medical and non-medical applications.

Title: Microchipping Beyond Body Modification: New ID for Ticketing and Transportation?

Abstract: For some time we have witnessed the advent of humans bearing implantable devices for a myriad of non-functional uses. We have grown accustomed to people wearing tattoos on their faces and forearms, piercing noses and tongues, and even implanting wedges of silicon beneath the skin. All of these microchips have modified the body of the individual for mainly aesthetic purposes. Enter the emerging range of ID chips embedded beneath the skin that are now being trialled for ticketing in transit applications and transportation. The last 24 months have seen a spate of small-scale (even one-person participant observer trials) of people implanting unique ID chips into their bodies as part of functional application trials. We've seen people board a plane without a physical boarding pass in Scandanavia. We've seen people enter parking lots with just a wave of a hand in Glebe, NSW. We've seen people embed a chip that links to their mobile phone for payment. And more recently we've witnessed a local man from Sydney use his implantable device to board a train, instead of a physical PVC-based Opal Card. In effect, the man had embedded an Opal chip into his hand. This seminar will examine these single case studies and consider the pros and cons of going completely cashless and paperless for ticketing and transportation. Do you think this is our future? To be microchipped like dogs and cats? Or do you think it is technology better left outside the human body? Come and discuss these questions with peers in your local Municipality.

Participant Reflections:

  • Can easily see the benefits of microchip implants. Especially for medical records.
  • Convenience. Driver's license. Pension card. Passport.
  • Anti-terrorism measure.
    • Why not?
  • Autonomy, convenience.
  • Due process should be followed, if followed, there are no problems.
  • Control. Lack of control.
  • Computer hacking. Passwords.
  • Privacy problems.
  • Who can access your data? Personal information.
  • Ownership?
    • The Hospital. The Patient. The Person. The Company who Produced it. Anyone who has the right to access it. Health Insurance Provider.
  • False data. Reliability.
  • Inequality. Cost issue. Affordability. Haves and have-nots.

About the Speaker: Dr Katina Michael is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She joined UOW in 2002 after a career in telecommunications engineering at Nortel Networks. Her research is in the area of the social implications of emerging technologies with an emphasis on national security. Katina is the editor in chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and senior editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She resides in the Kiama Municipality with her husband and three children. Most days she can be found wandering Illawarra beaches for an hour or so. See also:;

This talk has been commissioned by Kiama Mixed Probus group that will meet at the Kiama Leagues Club on August 2, 2017. Kiama Mixed Probus Club was instigated in 1994 by Philip and Marian Russell. More here.

Expected audience: 60 people.

From left to right (above): Helen Fox, Katina Michael, Marilyn, Diane Westgate and David Westgate. What a fantastic and happy environment with lots and lots of characters.

Mixed Probus Kiama Harbourside Group that meets once a month at the Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama, NSW (tables at right, out of view)

Mixed Probus Kiama Harbourside Group that meets once a month at the Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama, NSW (tables at right, out of view)