Category Archives: Trend Tracking

Technological developments are changing our cultures, our economies, and our world views. Keeping abreast of the onslaught of new developments is a vital part of preparing to meet the challenges of the coming years.

Tracking Trends – How emerging technologies may shape our future

Knowledge, innovation, and technology are increasing at an accelerating rate.  It’s impossible to predict exactly where this will take us in the next decades, but based on recent trends, human society is on the cusp of radical changes.

The following articles offer some surprising glimpses into the technologies that are poised to change the human race in ways we can’t predict, but that promise to be profound.

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

If you think our reliance on smartphones and web-connected devices has reached it’s peak, you’re in for a surprise.  From web-connected clothing and glasses, to self-driving cars and trucks, to 3D printed consumer products, and even synthetic replacement organs, the world will be a different place in 14 short years.  If we survive the next 2.  Techinsider has the article here.

 

8 Tech Trends to Watch in 2016

DECEMBER 08, 2015

Loss of privacy may be an inevitable consequence of our increasing immersion in cyberspace, but did you know that governments are far from the only ones that are interested in invading yours?  The emergence of algorithms that profile your personality and buying habits are becoming remarkably sophisticated.  And ‘bots are now crawling through cyberspace at lightning speed to collect data, while quantum computing may make todays best processors seem like dinosaurs.  Harvard Business Review reflects on these and 5 more jaw-dropping technologies that are shaping a brave new world here.

 

6 technology mega-trends shaping the future of society

The digitization of matter, the emerging prevalence of the internet of things, and AI and it’s ability to analyze “big data” are among the mega trees that morphing our future into a science fiction scene that may seem stranger than any sci-fy conceived to date.  Read where the World Economic Forum thinks we’re heading in the next decades here.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

robot world

Deep neural nets will facilitate advanced machine learning that will allow computer networks to learn on their own, without human inputs.  This in turn will spawn some incredible new machine abilities, including autonomous devices like…well, pretty much anything you can imagine along with a lot of things you probably can’t.  Which is probably ok since, since you may sleep better remembering the world as it was rather than envisioning what it may become.  Gartner’s analysis should not be missed.  Read their projections for the short term future here.  

 

These are but a small sampling of some of the more immediately important changes that we’re likely facing.  How they will affect our day to day lives is anyone’s guess.  I don’t know of anyone that predicted the impact that smartphones and social media and texting apps would have on society.  Mark Zuckerberg is a visionary, but he couldn’t have known for sure how Facebook would alter human interaction.

The road ahead is looking very interesting indeed.  Don’t think for a moment that it won’t be bumpy.  My advice is that you buckle up, and stay informed. Start by subscribing to our newsletter.