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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | Megatrends | Scoop.it

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.


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Richard Platt's curator insight, May 19, 12:10 AM

Very sci-fi kind of read - definitely interesting, Remember there have been a lot of ideas from sci-fi literature that have come to pass.  Albeit no transporter (referring to Star Trek) just yet. 

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How Data Will Transform Business

How Data Will Transform Business | Megatrends | Scoop.it

What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy - and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.

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Darilyn Evans's curator insight, March 16, 1:01 AM

Adapt or die is what this talk is about. Former business strategies are rapidly becoming obsolete, the value chain is no longer applicable, vertical integration is moving into horizontal integration.  New models in both public and private sectors need to embrace simultaneous competition and collaboration and different motivations of staff and customers. The concept of scale has changed.

Ann Dixon's curator insight, March 17, 4:56 AM

Very interesting

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Broke

Broke | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A declining middle class has significant implications. 


How and why is the fall of the middle class important to what comes next and why we all need to become creators and makers of the future.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Boyle has a 12 point plan for people to take accountability and responsibility to create a better future.


  1. Accept the world has changed, with new rules.
  2. Be entrepreneurial
  3. Buy local
  4. Get involved with creating local institutions
  5. Shun tax avoiders and semi-monopolies
  6. Chop up credit cards – live a debt free life
  7. Demand a new approach to business
  8. Bring down the price of homes
  9. Retire later
  10. Demand human interaction
  11. Start new schools
  12. Rethink money


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Ann Dixon's curator insight, March 17, 5:21 AM

All very sensible and all very doable. Broke is a fine book, Boyle a fine writer. I would commend anyone thinking about why we are here and what to do about it to give it a read and then go do something to change the world we live in. We all have to Craft the future we deserve and not leave it to those that are only interested in the business of money.

 Very thought provoking article.Take action NOW to craft you're own future.
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How to Get Over Your Inaction on Big Data

How to Get Over Your Inaction on Big Data | Megatrends | Scoop.it

For every Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Google, there are still thousands of midsized and large organizations that are doing nothing with big data beyond giving it lip service.


One big barrier to implementation is the incessant noise around big data from consultants, vendors, and the media. The din leaves many, if not most, CXOs confused and intimidated. They wonder: Do we start small or large? Is big data just another IT project that can be run by a unit head? And what’s the ROI going to be, anyway?

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How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World

How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Printable limbs and organs, printable guns, printable pizza?! This technology will change our lives.

 

A 3D printer is similar to a normal printer, however a normal printer produces ink on paper. 3D printers, on the other hand, layer atoms on top of each other to create, or print, actual 3D objects.

It sounds fascinating, right? But 3D printing is certainly an invention that did not occur overnight. What is known as 3D printing now was once known as rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping has been in use for many years now, and it involves an engineer designing an object as a computerized aided design file, or CAD. This file would then be sent to machines, which would produce the 3D object.

The only problem with this early type of 3D printing is that the plastics and the metals that were used were just not of a high-enough quality to be used as anything other than a prototype. Although the machine could produce the parts designed, the end product didn't have structural integrity and was only used to design things that engineers wanted to see a life-size model of.


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Internet of Things explained: What is it, and can it really change the world?

Internet of Things explained: What is it, and can it really change the world? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things (IoT, for short) is a phrase for when everyday objects are connected to the internet and participating together on a system, though it also means the convergence of conventional connected devices and smart appliances‏.


The goal is to have people seamlessly retrieve knowledge and function on a day-to-day basis without having to sit down at a computer or talk to another human. It's like ubiquitous computing, but it goes beyond Google Glass and extends to every home, car, business, building and system in the world.

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Accenture Technology Vision 2014 - Every Business is a Digital Business


Big companies are back in the digital game. Procter & Gamble, Tesco, Disney, GE - these are just a few of the global 2,000 that are now in a race to become digital. Those that get there first will be able to disrupt their existing markets and penetrate new ones. They will be in control of their new digital destinies. 


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Reshaping the world is an art

This short video - shown at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos - highlights five megatrends which will impact our future over the next decade.

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The Story of Globalization in 1 Graph

The Story of Globalization in 1 Graph | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A crystal-clear picture of the world's winners and losers in the last generation.

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Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics

Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Creating Internet of Things products can place businesses and their product teams in an uncomfortable place by pushing them outside of their comfort zone.


An exploration of six design characteristics to help guide IoT product teams as they set forth into uncharted territory.

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Michael Ravensbergen's curator insight, January 11, 5:30 AM

Six characteristics of design.

Christopher Sachse Aaris's curator insight, January 20, 1:30 PM

Great for business modeling! "Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics" #digitaltransformation #digitalstrategy http://sco.lt/...

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5 Trends to Watch in 2014

5 Trends to Watch in 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The start of a new year is a natural point for thinking ahead and planning for the future.

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Campbell Barnhart's curator insight, January 14, 4:24 PM

This is a great article about some financial tends to watch for. And some ways to he;p give you a better chance of success in the future. Very eye opening, and is a great to get one's

mind thinking.

David Hain's curator insight, January 21, 2:21 AM

L.ynda Gratton always great value on future trends

Anners Abild's curator insight, January 21, 2:25 AM

Always interesting to folow David....:)

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The Second Economy

The Second Economy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Digitization is creating a second economy that’s vast, automatic, and invisible - thereby bringing the biggest change since the Industrial Revolution. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Excerpt from article: 


Something deep is going on with information technology, something that goes well beyond the use of computers, social media, and commerce on the Internet. Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically. They are taking place in an unseen domain that is strictly digital. On the surface, this shift doesn’t seem particularly consequential—it’s almost something we take for granted. But I believe it is causing a revolution no less important and dramatic than that of the railroads.


It is quietly creating a second economy, a digital one.

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Justin Zeller's curator insight, December 22, 2013 1:34 PM

Not necessarily sports facility related, but technology is something that is going to drive both attendance and customer experience.

 

Cesar Ajuria's curator insight, December 23, 2013 7:47 AM

Not that we didn't see it but putting into perspective....adapt!

Michael Ravensbergen's curator insight, December 28, 2013 4:49 AM

Insight in a new time!!

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Big Bang Disruption: The Internet of Things Takes Off Gradually and then Suddenly

Big Bang Disruption: The Internet of Things Takes Off Gradually and then Suddenly | Megatrends | Scoop.it

One of the main drivers of Big Bang Disruptors is the constantly improving price and performance of information technologies.  For years, computer processors, memory, and communications capacity have experienced regular, even predictable, growth that is nearly exponential.  Everything gets twice as fast and half as expensive every few years. 

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Acorn Woods's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:20 AM

Interesting

Ali Anani's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:13 PM

Is gradual a prelude to disruptive sudden?

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Future Value Framework

Futurist Daniel Egger has developed The Future Value Framework. It's a great tool to work with innovation, futures thinking and strategy.


Daniel uploaded a beta version on Slideshare last week.


You should check it out…also consider following Daniel on Twitter here: @Daniel_Egger

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Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption

Deloitte’s annual Technology Trends report launched at SXSW14.  The report studies the ever-evolving technology landscape, focusing on disruptive trends that are transforming business, government, and society.


This presentation focuses on 10 topics that have the opportunity to impact organizations across industries, geographies, and sizes over the next 18 to 24 months. 


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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, March 12, 12:53 AM

Innovación disruptiva: tendencias 2014

Alain Turpault's curator insight, March 12, 2:36 AM

Very interesting food for thought! I particularly like the ideas of the CIO acting as a Venture Capitalist, the crowdsourcing, the technical debt reversal, the in-memory revolution and realtime DevOps.

Minerva Bueno's curator insight, March 31, 2:12 PM

añada su visión ...

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The Future of the Mind

The Future of the Mind | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain. 


“We have, learned more about the brain in the last 15 years than in all of human history. And what comes next may be even more amazing," writes Kaku. 

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Ann Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 5:38 AM

I love the work of Michio kaku.

Superhumans may not be far away. 

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Why Rational People Can’t Succeed as Economic Forecasters

Why Rational People Can’t Succeed as Economic Forecasters | Megatrends | Scoop.it

We’re all used to economic forecasts. We’re also used to them being wrong. But there was a time when forecasts were new and exciting, and people were genuinely surprised when they didn’t pan out.


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Millennial Survey 2014

Millennial Survey 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Deloitte’s third annual Millennial Survey explored what Generation Y wants from Business, Government, and the future workplace.


The results revealed that Generation Y wants to work for organizations that foster innovative thinking, develop their skills, and make a positive contribution to society.


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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, February 17, 3:08 AM

Are you surprised? We truly are at a turning point in terms of leadership...

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3D Printing Will Destroy The World Unless it Tackles the Issue of Materiality

3D Printing Will Destroy The World Unless it Tackles the Issue of Materiality | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Urgent rethinking is required to avoid the revolutionary potential of 3D printing being lost in a sea of pointless plastic products.

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The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.


Big stores and restaurants are chasing richer customers with a wider offering of high-end goods and services, or focusing on rock-bottom prices to attract the expanding ranks of penny-pinching consumers.


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WorldWideExperience's curator insight, February 5, 8:05 AM

The only way is up I guess.

 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, May 3, 1:33 PM

Interesting, but worrisome story earlier in NYT on the shrinking U.S.' Middle Class, and the Way It Affects Businesses.

 

"The top 5 percent of earners accounted for almost 40 percent of personal consumption expenditures in 2012, up from 27 percent in 1992. Largely driven by this increase, consumption among the top 20 percent grew to more than 60 percent over the same period."

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How self-driving cars might change our cities

How self-driving cars might change our cities | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The New Yorker's tech issue includes a fascinating article by Burkhard Bilger that asks "has the self-driving car at last arrived?"


It is mostly about car technology that nerds will love, but the really interesting thing about the autonomous car is what it will do to our cities.

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Four Trends from CES 2014

Four Trends from CES 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Prepare for your electronics to get up close and personal. Four hot areas of technology at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show demonstrate this trend best: the connected car, premium headphones, high-resolution audio and wearable technology.

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Renzogracie academy's curator insight, January 23, 4:12 AM

1.       jiu jitsu Brooklyn

In jiu jitsu Brooklyn, various gyms are made in New York for students and teenagers to make them skillful persons, remove extra weight from their body, boost up their confidence, and even stopping their bad habits like smoking.

http://renzogracieacademy.com/team-2/

 

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Welcome to the Age of the Industrial Internet

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future?


In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react - so they can be operated far more efficiently.


Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with exciting implications for us all.


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Top 10 Recognition Trends for 2014 That You Cannot Ignore

Top 10 Recognition Trends for 2014 That You Cannot Ignore | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In 2014, we'll see more demand for greater social responsibility and the increasing role of social media.

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A Futurist’s Top 10 Books for 2013

A Futurist’s Top 10 Books for 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Jack Uldrich's top books on the future for the past year.

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Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, December 21, 2013 3:31 AM

Diez libros de 2013 que exploran el futuro seleccionados por Jack Uldrich

Maree T.'s curator insight, December 23, 2013 10:03 AM

Great selection.

Michael Kareev's curator insight, December 23, 2013 11:14 AM

some good books to read during holidays