What’s Next?

John Campbell and Nigel Latta are attempting to predict the future.

John Campbell and Nigel Latta have attempted to predict the future in their new T.V show called ” What’s Next?” and it has received mixed reviews. If you would like some predictions for New Zealand’s political future the best place to go is the political magazine Incite which published its 18th edition this month. Unlike Campbell and Latta’s show which has had its content described as ” bloody boring,” Incite is an insightful and interesting read for political tragics.

INCITE: Politics is a premium monthly report that covers New Zealand politics and policy from the perspective of what actually matters, rather than the normal political noise distributed by the media. Edited by Cameron Slater & Simon Lusk, it will include content from a number of practitioners across the political spectrum. All INCITE: Politics content is exclusive.

INCITE: Politics is a practical, dispassionate analysis of politics from the basis of what we expect to happen, not what we want to happen. All articles will have editors comments explaining whether we think the columnists opinions are likely to happen or not.

The five-part show, which began last night and screens on TVNZ every night until Thursday, is co-hosted by Nigel Latta and attempts to predict what life will look like in 2037.

It kicked off with an episode devoted to future technology, including driverless cars, and asked what kind of advances we could look forward to.

More controversially, it questioned whether robots would take many of our jobs.

The answer appeared to be yes, leading one viewer to quip that the future looked “bloody boring”.

“We’re going to be unemployed, bored and controlled by corporates even more than we are now,” wrote the viewer on Facebook. “Hell on earth is the future …

Another viewer said they were “really annoyed” by the first episode, claiming it made sweeping statements but gave few examples.

But others were more positive…

“I’m liking the way you’re making us think even if I don’t necessarily agree with the conclusions,” wrote one.

“I wonder if there are any politicians out there inspired by these ideas or are they solidly entrenched in their agendas?” wrote another.

Why am I not surprised that a show that is not meant to be a political show is already looking like a vehicle to push a political bandwagon? Clearly, you can take Campbell out of politics but you can’t take politics out of Campbell. The show received $1,219,288 of NZ on Air funding. Last night’s episode focused on the environment.

-nzherald.co.nz


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