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Megatrends for this decade XXIV

16. Cellular Agriculture Meat provides much more calories than a vegetarian diet and this is somehow “coded” in our brain that steer us towards a meat based diet. However, meat is more expensive on the environment (since it is at the end of the food chain and -again the second …

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Megatrends for this decade XXIII

15. Disruption of Advertising As offer variety exploded customers got the upper hand, they had a choice. Hence, products and service offer had to  compete to get customer interest. Whilst it is true that advertisement can be traced back in millennia, the modern advertisement goes back less than 200 years …

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The smartphone is killing another industry

Here we go again. The smartphone has brought onto the hands of billions of people (3.5 billions –estimated- by end of 2020, there were 3.2 billions at the end of 2019) an incredible processing capacity that is actually becoming unlimited whenever you have a good internet connection, something that is …

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Megatrends for this decade XXII

14. Sense and Know anything, anytime, anywhere This Megatrend is about the never ending explosion of knowledge. This looks like a very recent phenomena, however, if we go back in time and take a broad view we can realize that the growth of knowledge has characterized not just our history …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXI

A circular economy representation having in the central part the value adding chain (component production, final product manufacturing/assembling and service creation, on the right end side the usage part including all life extending activity and eventually the parts recycling. On the left hand side the use of waste and its …

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VR controlled robotic arm

Controlling robotic arms is something usually done via sensors and software that is pre-programmed. In several situation a direct control provided by a human operator is needed. The more sophisticated the robotic arm and the more complex the task it is involved, the trickier the control. Extended Robotics, a British …

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Megatrends for this decade – XX

f) build/customise as you use The flexibility of manufacturing and the softwarization of functionalities result in a broad range of adaptations for most products. If you want to think at something you already own, think about your laptop. You had the choice of the chip type (how many cores, the …

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Megatrends for this decade – XIX

e) Instant delivery Logistic chains are one of the marvel of today’s world. They work (most of the times) seamlessly and are so effective that you can get your delivery within a single working day (it does not work for any place and for any type of goods but I …

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