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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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“Brain” controlled robotic arms

The quest towards Brain Computer Interfaces continues. At John Hopkins University researchers have implanted six electrodes in the brain, 3 in each hemisphere, of a paraplegic patient. The electrodes captures the electrical activity of the brain and send the data via an external gateway (see photo) to a computer for …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXIII

6. chatbots Chatbots are seen as the ultimate interface between a person and the healthcare system assuring continuous access, anytime, anywhere, to healthcare consultancy. There are already a number of chatbots on the market and more will become available. Some will be provided by independent third parties, other by insurance …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXII

4. body-on-a-chip The development of microfluidic has made possible to duplicate the functionality of living beings by organising living cells on a chip and subjecting them to conditions that replicate the one of those cells in an organ. Once the functionality (and structure) is replicated it becomes possible to change …

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Another year is over …

… A new one just begun. I guess there are many people around that are more than eager to close the door to 2020 and move on. Yet, 2020 has been a “momentous” year not just because it will be remembered for a long time, but also because it set …

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Megatrends for this decade XXXI

The evolution of healthcare in this decade will be sustained by the convergence of several technology areas, each progressing independently from one another under the pressure of demand from several markets: ambient, wearable and implantable sensors There are already millions of wearables in use that monitors some basic physiological parameters. …

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Megatrends for this decade XXX

22. Healthcare in the Cyberspace This Megatrend is likely to land in slightly different ways and at different pace in different Countries (and regions within a Country) but I consider this as unavoidable under the pressure of: steady increase of pro-capita healthcare cost availability of better cure / preventative cure …

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