Join the dots to spot future trends

It is often easier to make sense of things that happen in a linear and interconnected way.

It is often easier to make sense of things that happen in a linear and interconnected way: The internet gives way to social networks, while accessible mobile technology and cloud computing accelerates exponential growth among social platforms and products. But it’s easy for us to join the dots as they have already happened.

What about future trends? Can you join the dots between the news and events below?

What’s changing: Thursday, March 8th, 2018

  • Meet the slash workers. These are independent workers whose services or skills vary by client and project. Freedom is their wealth and they specialize across two or three skill sets. 8 minute read
  • Oh, the robots!!! They are coming! They are smarter and bigger than us! Take in this 1:23 video and this 3:02 video for a brief history of all the (eerie) robots created by Boston Dynamics.
  • Shudu is the first digital supermodel (it was a matter of time.) 3 minute read
  • Surrounded (and sometimes overwhelmed) by so much news about technology, it is refreshing to read about Patagonia’s director of Philosophy. 9 minute read
  • During our workshops about the future with students and executives, people often ask us for recommendations of books and documentaries to help them understand how technology is shaping the future. We recently came across two visions of the future that we think are really worth your time. One is a Netflix documentary called Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 1:38:00; the second is by Vice: The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy and it is available on YouTube. 1:45:00.
  • How can we know today what’s fake and what’s real? Until recently this question didn’t deserve much debate but with the development of Hollywood-esque technology, just about anybody can make us believe that just about any video is real. Meet deepfakes
  • Stop reading the news if you want to be better informed“. This advice caught my attention, especially coming from a futurist. 6 minute read

Mental Energizer

“Real life is slow; it takes professionals time to figure out what happened, and how it fits into context. Technology is fast. Smartphones and social networks are giving us facts about the news much faster than we can make sense of them, letting speculation and misinformation fill the gap.”\ From “For two months I got my news from newspapers. This is what I learned” in the New York Times.

Food for thought

Dumpster fire*

An utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence: disaster.

*One of 850 new additions to the online dictionary Merriam-Webster announced this week.