Over the next 15 years, we will experience more change than in all human history to date. The pace and magnitude at which change is occurring is staggering.
Did you know we now have more computing power in our pocket than all of NASA had in 1969 when they put the first man on the moon?
Or how about the fact that artificial intelligence spent 42 hours solving the 100-year-old mystery of how flatworms regenerate body parts?
With the accelerated pace of change comes the equally accelerated rate of innovation. I believe this accelerated innovation and the Megatrends driving it will have a sustained, transformative impact on the world in the years ahead — on businesses, societies, economies, cultures and our personal lives.
So how do we as engineers, marketers, designers, innovators, and executives stay ahead of that change and help chart our own course?
Ask yourself: Is your business Megatrends ready? Answer these five questions to find out.
1. What products could you develop to support megacity infrastructure, an aging population, or hyper global trade?
By 2030, there will be 8.5 billion people walking the earth, and 97% of that population growth will be in emerging economies. And as people move to cities, our cities will get larger, and we’ll have more of them, including megacities in places many of us have never heard of today.
It will change how we buy and consume products and services, propelling the sharing economy and convenience-based services. Businesses must design products that meet the needs of the megacity infrastructure, an aging population or hyper global trade.