The ecological upside to job automation

How future changes in the structure of business and the nature of work could impact the environment

The ecological upside to job automationReplacing humans with robots clearly has a dystopian flavour. But could the successive waves of artificial intelligence (AI) and other exponentially developing technologies displacing jobs, ranging from banker to construction worker, have potential positives for the environment? According to a 2016 McKinsey automation study, about a third of most job activities, affecting 49 per cent…

Is cash doomed to extinction?

Yes, but probably not for at least another 20 to 30 years

Is cash doomed to extinction?Eliminating cash has huge potential benefits including convenience, security, and cost reduction for retailers, banks, and governments. For customers, there is the benefit of flexibility – a priority increasingly driven by younger generations more comfortable with digital technology and the online world. The combination of these forces means the need for cash has reduced significantly.…

Start preparing for the economic impact of Artificial Intelligence

With the hype reaching fever pitch, the key question comes down to how to fund tax revenue shortfalls and higher unemployment costs

Start preparing for the economic impact of Artificial IntelligenceThe hype around artificial intelligence (AI) is reaching fever pitch. Key questions explore how it might impact our lives and employment over the next five to 10 years. These lead to questions over how to fund tax revenue shortfalls and higher unemployment costs. In practice, it’s too early to know how fast AI will advance,…

Just another disruptive technology? The future of Artificial Intelligence

Almost every new and disruptive technology arrives with a fanbase claiming it will revolutionize life on Earth. Artificial intelligence is no different

Just another disruptive technology? The future of Artificial IntelligenceThe tech worker is on the front lines of a major breakthrough in work productivity and business performance: artificial intelligence (AI). The role of AI in the future of almost every industry is practically a given. Business and technology analysts the world over have agreed that AI will have an impact across all industries. For…

20 robotics and connected devices that could impact our lives

How the next wave of disruptive technologies will change our notions of ‘normal’

20 robotics and connected devices that could impact our livesIf we could time travel five, 15, or 20 years into the future, what would we see? It doesn’t take a team of futurists to imagine a continuing evolution of intelligent, robotic, connected, digital, and social technology innovations persisting for decades to come. Automated, smart, digitised, and autonomous are some of the design qualities likely…

Ten shocks that could overturn our world

Future factors and potential disruptions that could have a truly transformative impact on life, society, government, the economy, and business

Ten shocks that could overturn our worldThe world is becoming increasingly aware that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ any more. Some say this near immunity to large scale shocks started with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President, and the revelations about fake news on social media influencing voters and elections around…

10 principles for future leaders

How can those at the top ensure they and their organizations are fit for the future?

10 principles for future leadersPerhaps the biggest challenge facing leaders today is to ensure they are capable of navigating themselves and their organizations through a complex and rapidly evolving future landscape. The reality is becoming clear: A good future focused leader has to have a “futurist mindset”. This means being capable of looking over the horizon on a continuous…

Preparing for inevitable technological disruption

Practical steps we can take today to prepare for the technological disruptions of tomorrow

Preparing for inevitable technological disruptionBy Rohit Talwar Steve Wells and Alexandra Whittington Fast Future Fundamental changes are taking place in the way organisations are using technology. Many are embarking on radical digital overhauls to enable them to deliver new offerings, enhance service, improve efficiency, and increase cost competitiveness. The process of digital transformation is likely to spread across the…

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging future

The planet has never lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging futureWhile history may have seen periods of more intense and far-reaching change, the majority of the planet have not lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring. So here are 10 questions which I think we should all be asking ourselves as we seek to map…

Get ready for the Star Trek economy

Today's children could live to 120 and work to 100. What's all the fuss?

Get ready for the Star Trek economyWhen I told a conference recently that today’s children may need to work until the age of 100, the Times called it “the stuff of nightmares”. The Washington Post told parents expecting a better life for their little ones to “think again”. This generation may need to prepare themselves to work in 40 or more…

Twenty predictions for the coming year

20 critical trends scenarios that we could see emerging and evolving by the end of 2017

Twenty predictions for the coming year2016 was an unprecedented year, with massive global political upheaval, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and centre stage being taken by issues such as ‘post-truth’, resurgent nationalism, and technological unemployment. With the world now more accustomed to such seismic agenda changing developments, I decided to turn my thoughts to the future by identifying 20 critical trends…

Exploring the world of the cars of the future

Sales of cars of the future will be less about than one-off product sales than a digital service platform with recurring revenue streams

Exploring the world of the cars of the futureTomorrow's leaders in the automotive sector will need to be deeply connected to the world around them to ensure that they’re truly aware of potentially disruptive current and emerging developments taking place across the sector and in the broader environment. However, as we look to the future, there are few facts about what has yet…