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Megatrends for this decade – XLV

Discussing the set of Megatrends with a number of people, both from academia and industry, it became clear that these are not independent trends, they are influencing one another. This of course is not a surprise, whenever one is trying to peer into the future several factors have t obe …

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Megatrends for this decade – XLIV

This has been a long series of posts, the longest I wrote. The aim in presenting these Megatrends was to stimulate discussion and quite a bit occurred, I received several comments out of some 30,000 views. Wow! That’s why I decided to revise all posts and create an ebook (you can …

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8K for our homes

It is now about a year (since last CES, the physical one back in 2020, not a virtual one like this year) that 8k television has become available (it has a definition of 7680×4320, vs a 3840×2160 of a 4k television). But you needed big pockets to get one (consider …

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Megatrends for this decade – XLIII

Working in a smart environment It is well known that human societies progress through a continuous interaction among minds (people) and resources. Increasing one or the other, or both, without an effective interaction leads nowhere. Hence humans are more than used to exploit distributed intelligence, the one present in other …

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Megatrends for this decade – XLII

Working with smart machines From what I have discussed it is obvious that in this decade work will be intertwined more and more with intelligent machines (Machines used to include both hard -robot like- and soft -applications). As pointed out in previous posts, artificial intelligence extends the applicability of automation …

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The Internet of Senses

Ericsson has published a short report (sort of commercial for 5G) on “Hot consumer trends in 2030“. Let me say, transparently, that I would place that more in the realm of imagination than in the one of science, closer to fake news than to news (even the graphics used have …

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Megatrends for this decade – XLI

Distributed knowledge shared by humans and machines Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more pervasive and able to pick up a number of activities that up to now have been carried out by us (humans). This is the “automation” part of the story and automation is no longer restricted to …

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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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