Everything changes. Sometimes for the better! | Changes of Tomorrow

The job of a futurist is not necessarily to accurately predict the future but rather to identify changes that can help us foresee the unexpected and ease our uncertainty about the future.

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During our absence in July 2019:

U.S.-China trade war, hottest month ever, Hong Kong on the edge, odds of US-Iran, Turkish-Kurdish conflicts mounting, new India-Pakistan Kashmir crisis, Japan-S Korea diplo/eco confrontation, looming Brexit.” Per Richard Haass.

The job of a futurist is not necessarily to accurately predict the future but rather to identify changes that can help us foresee the unexpected and ease our uncertainty about the future.

And while some might see the news as a long tail narrative of trouble, others consider them a natural occurrence within a continuous improvement for the better.

What do you think? Are we living in the worst of times, or in the best times? Or both.

Our long term prediction is that in the future markets will evolve, some industries will fade and new will arise, humans will develop new behaviors, and disruption will rein the innovation land. We predict that tomorrow’s change will drive change.

It’s up to all of us to define and build tomorrow.

Disclaimer: Sorry! We had other themes prepare for the first issue of August but July happened!

 

What’s changing: Friday, August 9th, 2019

Unexpected changes: Spending on deliveries, drive-throughs, and takeaway meals will soon overtake dining inside restaurants, for the first time ever. (6 min read) and the future will be delivered. (2 min read)

Directional changes: Google maps offers a new language option: Nigerian accent. (3 min read)

Generational changes: Billie Eilish is the first top-chart artist to be born in this century. (10 min read) 50% of the world’s population is under 30. (6 min read)

Market changes: Beyond Meat’s market value is higher than Campbell soup. (2 min read) Beyond Meat stock is up 788% since May.

Fast changes: Fastest Pit stop in Formula 1 history. (1.8 seconds video)

Niche change: Media is micro specializing. (2 min read)

Nothing changes: Latin America needs a bigger middle class. (8 min read)

Shipping changes: An ingenious new way to get rid of card boxes. (5 min read)

Society changes: Welcome to Japan’s 5.0 upgrade. (9 min read)

Role Model changes: Victoria Secret hires transgender model. (5 min read)

Mental energizer

“The question was no longer if there was a limit to growth. The new question was much bigger: How can we self-impose a limit to growth when our entire economic and political structure is based on it? How do we organize a society that delivers high levels of human well-being in the context of a shrinking economy?

Degrowth is now a buzz word in left-leaning and academic circles around the world; its proponents are economists, environmentalists, democratic socialists, and activists, young and old. They see a post-growth world as a way to fundamentally change how we measure success and well-being, thereby addressing our growing financial and social inequalities while also saving the planet.”

From “The radical plan to save the planet by working less”  by Shayla Love on Vice.

 

Food for thought

Mycelium Named material of the future. Mycelium can grow on little more than wood chips and coffee grounds in very short periods of time, creating materials with significant structural performance.

Today A.I. can accurately… identify the right order in which people arrived at a bar to order.
Is this a better option than humans? Yes, bartenders are biased for good looking people.

 

Tomorrow’s numbers

There are now upward of 700,000 podcasts, with between 2,000 and 3,000 new shows launching each month.
According to Axios.

Internet Reputation Services” charges up to $30k for “complete removal of negative content.”
According to The Hustle

Sony Playstation had sold a total of 100 million units since the console came out 5 years ago, two months quicker than Nintendo’s Wii.
According to Engadget

U.S. adults typically spend 7 minutes searching for something to watch on a streaming service.
According to Axios

In Japan, one out of every eight users rented automobiles for purposes other than transportation.
According to Asahi.

We are also thrilled to announce new additions to our series Future of Jobs: 36hrs in the life of…

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This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash.