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Megatrends for this decade – XL

Artificial Intelligence driving automation Many industries have adopted automation in both production, using robots – RPA: Robot Process Automation -, and document flow (process automation). This has had a significant impact on the workforce, both in terms of downsizing (activities moved from blue collars to robots and from white collars …

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A web of voices and images

India still have a large number of illiterate people, 1 out of 4 adult are illiterate (2018 data) and most of these are women. The situation is improving year over year but 200 million women are still illiterate. Nevertheless, the combination of low price smartphones (under 100$) and low cost …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXIX

Gig Economy – future of workforce The Gig Economy started as little (gig) works requiring very limited skills, like delivering food in the neighbourhood requiring very little resources (a bike would do) or fixing a rusty bannister … The person offering the services was doing that on his own schedule, …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXVIII

Forces reshaping work in this decade The acceleration of the Digital Transformation resulting from the pandemic and the changing way of working cannot be used as a measuring stick for what may happen to work and workforce in this decade. In the short term it is obvious that pandemic had/has …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXVII

Between those business that are rooted in the physical space (like retail stores, restaurants, transport, hotels…) and those that are already living in the cyberspace (just addressed in the previous post) there are plenty of other businesses (like the whole sector of manufacturing) that are rooted in the physical space …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXVI

Companies that are working in the “cyberspace”, like software companies, are clearly in a different position from restaurants or retail stores for which the physical space is a must. This shows in the relative easiness of their shift to teleworking and most important in the lesser way they have been …

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Vertical Farms

Vertical farms are moving from concept to industrial reality. The concept is easy: rather than using land to grow vegetables let’s use vertical structures. It is obvious that this reduces the amount of land for a given surface. There is more. The vertical “walls” on which to grow the vegetable …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXV

a) The future of work is now, or isn’t it? In the past year we have seen, and possibly contributed to, a momentous shift in the way of doing business, courtesy of the pandemic and of related countermeasures taken by governments all over the world. Not even the world wars …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXIV

The Future of work This Megatrend is possibly the most complex one to analyse, and for that reason I left it at the end of this foresight exercise. Work is spread over so many areas that drawing a global view is basically impossible. There are also significant variation in different …

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