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20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013

20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

FROM AUTOMATED CARS TO SMARTER SMARTPHONES, HERE ARE THE IDEAS THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE.

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A proactive look at the emerging global megatrends that will influence our future  
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About Megatrends

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The purpose of this site - Megatrends - is to highlight some of my favorite articles, videos, graphics and audio about megatrends influencing the future of business. 


Megatrends are our knowledge about the probable future.

 

Megatrends are the forces social, economic, political, environmental or technological change that define our present and future worlds.


As Yogi Berra was reported to have said, "The future ain't what it used to be."

 

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I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created Megatrends on Scoop.it. My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 

I'm co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

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I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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Technology Will Disrupt - Why, What and How?

Why, what and how? Understanding the future by looking at the building blocks of business, technology and people. “The future is only complex if you fail to understand it from the point of view of what is driving the change.

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A fine Slidedeck from Helge Tennø (@congbo on Twitter). 

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Organizational Design in the 21st Century

Clay Jones' Slideshare deck on Pattern Language for Organizations. It sets the context for a bold hypothesis – that organizations are fundamentally broken – and a candidate set of performance criteria.

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, May 28, 10:02 AM

Very nice slide deck on why organisations are broken and whether we can fix it (to bring organisations into the current century.)

 

"Should work be easy? Should it be fun? Should it be a happy place? Should it be perfect?"

 

Must-slide/swipe!

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CEOs on How Technology is Changing the World

A survey of 3,600 Director to C-Suite leaders across 18 countries asked how technology is changing the world and about the respondents’ level of preparedness for the future.

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According to the study by EMC, leaders agree that 5 key attributes are essential to strive in the next 5-10 years:


1) Predictively spot new opportunities - Deliberate, creative use of data to upend status quo thinking, react and adapt in real time, redefining strategic direction.


2) Demonstrate transparency and trust - Open, ethical conduct in both use of data and engagement with people that makes an unambiguous statement of corporate commitment to employees, customers and the larger community.


3) Innovate in an agile way - Nimble use of information and resources from inside and out to better inform the design of products and services that differentiate and distinguish, in a flash."


4) Deliver a unique, personalized experience - Adherence to a simple promise with every customer based on a data-driven understanding of the need and information- driven delivery of a custom solution.


5) Always on, operating in real time - 24 / 7 availability and relentless accountability that delights customers and leaves the competition in the dust.


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Global Economic Outlook Q2 2015

The economic situation is very different in each of the world’s leading markets: Europe is torn between two poles; the government of China is acting to thwart that country’s slowdown; Japan is recovering; India is strengthening; and Brazil and Russia continue to face serious challenges.


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Steven Harcourt's curator insight, April 29, 5:49 AM

While I'm not at all sure that it is possible to incorporate economic data, and economic forecasts in particular, into a Binary Options trading system, it's always worth keeping an eye on what is happening to the economy in general.  But, you can end up bombarded with data and, to be honest, mostly very dry commentary.  This publication from Deloitte is a useful summary of the main trend written from regional perspectives around general themes.  Useful. 

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The Machines Are Coming

The Machines Are Coming | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Low-wage jobs are no longer the only ones at risk.

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Machines aren’t used because they perform some tasks that much better than humans, but because, in many cases, they do a “good enough” job while also being cheaper, more predictable and easier to control than quirky, pesky humans. Technology in the workplace is as much about power and control as it is about productivity and efficiency.


I also encourage you to check out these related stories: 


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Gary Bamford's curator insight, April 20, 1:29 AM

Must start work on that ironing algorithm .....

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Why Automation Means We Need a New Economic Model

Why Automation Means We Need a New Economic Model | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The combination of advanced sensors, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, big data, text-mining, and pattern-recognition algorithms, is generating smart robots capable of quickly learning human actions, and even learning from one another.


If you think being a “professional” makes your job safe, think again.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The economy toward which we’re hurtling — in which more and more is generated by fewer and fewer people who reap almost all the rewards, leaving the rest of us without enough purchasing power – can’t function.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 27, 3:23 AM

"...A future of almost unlimited production by a handful, for consumption by whoever can afford it, is a recipe for economic and social collapse.

Our underlying problem won’t be the number of jobs. It will be – it already is — the allocation of income and wealth.

What to do?

“Redistribution” has become a bad word.

But the economy toward which we’re hurtling — in which more and more is generated by fewer and fewer people who reap almost all the rewards, leaving the rest of us without enough purchasing power – can’t function..."

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How Design Fiction Imagines Future Technology

How Design Fiction Imagines Future Technology | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want.

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There are plenty of other examples of this effort to spur us to new thinking. In 2014, the Near Future Laboratory, a US-European design studio, published the TBD Catalog , an entire compendium of possible future products, from drone dog-walkers to environmentally sound seed-based feedstock for a 3D-printer. Other designers are committed to making actual objects or convincing mock-ups to think with. Either way, it is the detail that diverts. The 3D-printer cartridges, complete with model numbers and prices, look close enough to real adverts for things you’ve already bought to carry conviction. These finely textured depictions of the potential accoutrements of the future stimulate discussion in ways that earlier efforts to imagine technology often fail to do. They might even offer a more effective way to create futures we actually want.


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Ashley Jessica Beard's curator insight, March 26, 9:17 PM

How fictional designs impact the way that technology is designed and developed. 

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Future Value Generation Framework

The Future Value Framework explores how to use more efficiently the competitive advantage of time. Its goal: human and context centric value generation by integrating strategy, innovation and the future.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Daniel Egger is doing some great work. He's the mastermind behind The Future Value Framework. Daniel will publish a book about the framework later in 2015. 


Meanwhile I encourage you to follow Daniel on Twitter here: @Daniel_Egger

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Reinventing Health Care: The Coevolution of Biology, Technology and Culture

We are living in a sci-fi world full of bionic limbs, wonder drugs, 3D-printed organs, lab-grown muscles, and brain-computer interfaces. 

The quality and longevity of life have never been more assured, as the field of health reaches a new zenith every day. 

Gene sequencing, brain mapping, and vitals tracking are quantifying and personalizing health faster than we can process it — and supercomputers are helping us make sense of it all, leading to new breakthroughs. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

We are witnessing exponential growth in the field of health. We will all become citizen doctors, bionically enhanced and genetically hacked. 

This coevolution of technology and biology — accelerated by culture — will lead us to become the masters of our evolutionary destiny.


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Great Acceleration 2015

A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the “Anthropocene,” a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet.


This Slideshare presentation highlights the trajectory of the Anthropocene and shows that the effects of the accelerating human changes are now clearly discernible at the Earth system level.



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Global change does not operate in isolation but rather interacts with an almost bewildering array of natural variability modes and also with other human-driven effects at many scales.


If you want to understand this topic more in depth I suggest you read my previous Scoop: Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos.

 

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The Ethics of Autonomous Cars

The Ethics of Autonomous Cars | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Sometimes good judgment can compel us to act illegally. Should a self-driving vehicle get to make that same decision?

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Should we trust robotic cars to share our road, just because they are programmed to obey the law and avoid crashes? 


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SiphiweG KaMashabang's curator insight, May 25, 10:37 AM

This shows that copyright does not focus only on what is written. This is part of the ethics 

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“The Future of Everything”

“The Future of Everything” | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Read 50 experts discuss their visions for the future of everything from technology to the music industry.



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In this collection, leading thinkers in fields from art to transportation offer their vision for what the decades ahead will look like.


  • Christopher Nolan, director of "Dark Knight" and "Inception," shares why he thinks movie theaters will survive
  • Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary, discusses the future challenges facing job creation
  • Alice Waters, renowned chef and author, outlines her vision for the future of food
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, discusses bringing the internet to everyone globally
  • Linda Fried, Columbia dean and professor, shares her vision for the future of retirement in the U.S.
  • Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter, discusses the future of the music industry 


Download of the publication requires a WSJ+ membership from The Wall Street Journal


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The Internet Must Be Bigger Than Facebook

The Internet Must Be Bigger Than Facebook | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As corporations like Facebook gain control over more and more online activities, the web's core values are at stake.

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David Weinberger on the changing nature and values of the internet. All is not lost. But we have several tasks before us. 


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Captains of Spaceship Earth

Communication technologies can act as "empathy machines", opening up new intersubjective spaces where we can all become one.


These new tools give us new "spaces of possibility" to explore, and this video is a celebration of that new space of imagination, compassion, collaboration and inspiration.

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Powerful advances in technology can extend our connections to each other making us more compassionate and kind-hearted beings.


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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | Megatrends | Scoop.it

From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances are we likely to see in the next 10 years?


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Here's a few predictions from the article: 


  • The Internet will evolve into a brain-net.
  • 3D printers will print clothing at very low cost.
  • Apps designed by medical professionals will provide efficient real-time feedback, tackle chronic conditions at a much earlier stage, and help to improve the lifestyles and life outcomes of communities in the developed and developing world.
  • Robo-surgeons will operate remotely on patients.
  • Self-driving cars will be ubiquitous, transportation itself will be automatic, clean, and cheap.



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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, May 28, 9:52 AM

Cool article by Huffington Post, interviewing 7 futurists on the world of tomorrow in science and technology.

 

Some of their interesting predictions are:
Self-driving cars, a brain-connected internet, 3D printed human organs and babies delivered by robot doctors

Gary Johnsen's curator insight, June 21, 9:20 AM

Interesting comments on trends

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The Information Generation - Transforming the Future, Today

An outlook report from Institute for the Future that describes the current state of global business, identifies important directional shifts and anticipates the impact these will have on our world by 2025.
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The world is different and will never be the same again. The four mega-trends of big data, always-connected mobile devices, social networking and cloud computing are reshaping industries, redefining experiences and fortifying sustainable businesses.
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The Disintegration of the World

The Disintegration of the World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The postwar geopolitical system is breaking down, and what comes next could be highly volatile - especially for big corporations.

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As we grope our way toward a new domestic and international order, successful businesses will be the ones that recognize a truism that should have been obvious from the start: business and politics are in fact inseparable, and the latter makes ever greater economic integration less certain than business leaders might wish.


Companies not only need to account for this internationally—planning carefully for contingencies—they also need to show that they are invested in the greater good wherever they operate, and are not just working for their own narrow self-interest.


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The Great European Disaster Movie

The Great European Disaster Movie is an authored documentary by Italian director Annalisa Piras and former editor of The Economist Bill Emmott, which explores the crisis facing Europe.
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Through case-studies of citizens in different countries, the film explores a range of factors that have led to the present crisis, economic and identity challenges across Europe. High-level experts analyse how and why things are going so wrong.

The film includes fictional scenes, set in a post-EU future, which feature archaeologist Charles Granda, played by Angus Deayton, travelling on a flight through a menacing storm, explaining to a child passenger what the EU was.

Sombre, thought-provoking and witty, the film frames Europe through the eyes of those who have most at stake: the Europeans themselves.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 30, 7:35 PM

Through case-studies of citizens in different countries, the film explores a range of factors that have led to the present crisis, economic and identity challenges across Europe. High-level experts analyse how and why things are going so wrong.

The film includes fictional scenes, set in a post-EU future, which feature archaeologist Charles Granda, played by Angus Deayton, travelling on a flight through a menacing storm, explaining to a child passenger what the EU was.

Sombre, thought-provoking and witty, the film frames Europe through the eyes of those who have most at stake: the Europeans themselves.

Mamta Singh's curator insight, March 31, 5:29 AM

Manali has the twisty Beas River as its eminent centerpiece. http://www.mytourntrip.com/hill-stations-manali

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Deloitte Report: Tech Trends 2015

Deloitte Report: Tech Trends 2015 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A fundamental transformation is happening in the way C-suite leaders and chief information officers collaborate to leverage disruptive change, chart business strategy, and pursue potentially transformative opportunities.



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Eight trends that could potentially disrupt the way businesses engage their customers, how work gets done, and how markets and industries evolve. 


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Tilo Sequeira's curator insight, March 26, 9:37 AM

"A fundamental transformation is happening in the way C-suite leaders and chief information officers collaborate to leverage disruptive change, chart business strategy, and pursue potentially transformative opportunities."

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Applying Resilience Thinking

Our planet is deeply marked and influenced by our presence. Scientists argue we have entered the Anthropocene, a geological epoch where there are now so many of us, using so many resources that we are disrupting the whole planet's nutrient and energy flows leaving almost all the planet's ecosystems with marks of our presence. The systems that are shaped by the interactions between people and ecosystems are the essence of what we call a social-ecological system.


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A resilience thinking approach investigates how these interacting systems of people and nature can best be managed in the face of disturbances, surprises and uncertainty. We define resilience as the capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. But amid the enormous attention it has attracted, confusion exists. What does resilience actually means and how it should be applied?


When it comes to application, here are seven principles to help you along the way.


Read also two previous Scoops on the age of Anthropocene here: 




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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, March 17, 3:05 AM

When leading in a globalised era, understanding the interaction of the different elements within a system becomes very important.

 

Socio-ecological systems and human impact upon them are important to understand becuase we have a responsibility to manage them and our actions and decisions as a population/species affect them. 

 

However, studying socio-economic systems as the Resilience Institute does, will also provide insight into how effective systems work and we can apply this learning to understand the other systems that we work within and perform better.

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How to Seize the Opportunities When Megatrends Collide

How to Seize the Opportunities When Megatrends Collide | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Business operates today in a world of accelerating change. Preparing for the inevitable interactions between global forces can help you stay ahead of the competition.


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Five historical patterns active in the world today have left their mark on all aspects of the world’s economic and social fabric.


  1. Demographic and social change: the combination of greater life expectancy, declining birthrates in many parts of the world, and unprecedented rates of human migration, accompanied by a gradual increase in the status of women and greater ethnic and social diversity within most countries.
  2. Shifts in global economic power: in particular, the much-noted expansion of prosperity in emerging econo- mies at faster rates than in the industrialized world, leading to momentous changes in consumption patterns and a rebalancing of international relations.
  3. Rapid urbanization: the massive expansion of cit- ies around the world, through a combination of migra- tion and childbirth, with major implications for infra- structure, land use, traffic, employment, quality of life, and culture.
  4. Climate change and resource scarcity: the rapidly increasing demand for energy, food, and water, in a fi- nite world with limited natural resources and even more limited capacity for carbon dioxide and a wide variety of other effluents.
  5. Technological breakthroughs: the transforma- tion of business and everyday life through the develop- ment and use of new kinds of digitally enabled innova- tions in fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, fabrication (including 3D printing), cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. 
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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, March 5, 2:44 PM
Kenneth Mikkelsen invites us to discover opportunities in the crisis: “Business operates today in a world of accelerating change. Preparing for the inevitable interactions between global forces can help you stay ahead of the competition.”
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Ray Kurzweil's Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years

Ray Kurzweil's Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil is the principal inventor of many technologies ranging from the first CCD flatbed scanner to the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. He is also the chancellor and co-founder of Singularity University, and the guy tagged by Larry Page to direct artificial intelligence development at Google.


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Ray's predictions for the next 25 years: 


  • By the late 2010s, glasses will beam images directly onto the retina. Ten terabytes of computing power (roughly the same as the human brain) will cost about $1,000.
  • By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by nanosystems. The Turing test begins to be passable. Self-driving cars begin to take over the roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.
  • By the 2030s, virtual reality will begin to feel 100% real. We will be able to upload our mind/consciousness by the end of the decade.
  • By the 2040s, non-biological intelligence will be a billion times more capable than biological intelligence (a.k.a. us). Nanotech foglets will be able to make food out of thin air and create any object in physical world at a whim.
  • By 2045, we will multiply our intelligence a billionfold by linking wirelessly from our neocortex to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud.
Watch also this excellent TED Talk with Ray Kurzweil. 
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, February 24, 1:01 PM

Well, interesting... especially e.g. the computing capacity vs all human minds diagram...:-)))

Jerome Driessen's curator insight, March 26, 8:02 AM

An article about one of the world's most renowned and qualified futurists, Ray Kurzweil, and his predictions regarding the exponential growth of computing in the next 25 years.

"I want to make an important point.

It’s not about the predictions.

It’s about what the predictions represent."



 

Diamandis, P. (2015, January 2015). Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years. Retrieved March 26, 2015, from http://singularityhub.com/2015/01/26/ray-kurzweils-mind-boggling-predictions-for-the-next-25-years/

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, April 30, 12:45 PM
The theory of spiral dynamics Dr. Don Beck says that humanity lives today to speak with my words in "different times", so to some impressive advances in the science and technology are not very significant, while the more advanced, more aware, people dealing analyze both the positive aspects of science and technology, and the possible dangers to them the question needs to be controlled artificial intelligence? It makes perfect sense.
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My seven species of robot

My seven species of robot | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Dennis Hong introduces seven award-winnning, all-terrain robots -- like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR -- all built by his team at RoMeLa, Virginia Tech. Watch to the end to hear the five creative secrets to his lab's incredible technical success.

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These robots are training to play in the 2050 World Cup (and judging by their goal-keeping, they'd better not be skipping practice).


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RoboCorp

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Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?

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This is a highly relevant topic, which will be covered by The Global Peter Drucker Forum in November 2015. The theme of this year's conference is: "Technology-Enhanced Humanism."

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Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos | Megatrends | Scoop.it
A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the “Anthropocene,” a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet. Now, in an article for Yale Environment 360, Crutzen and a coauthor explain why adopting this term could help transform the perception of our role as stewards of the Earth.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

For millennia, humans have behaved as rebels against a superpower we call “Nature.” In the 20th century, however, new technologies, fossil fuels, and a fast-growing population resulted in a “Great Acceleration” of our own powers.


Albeit clumsily, we are taking control of Nature’s realm, from climate to DNA. We humans are becoming the dominant force for change on Earth. A long-held religious and philosophical idea — humans as the masters of planet Earth — has turned into a stark reality. What we do now already affects the planet of the year 3000 or even 50,000.


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