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WHAT'S NEXT?: Digital lifestyles are on the rise around the world and AR and VR will likely see us all using wearables, head-mounted displays and smartphones in almost everything we do. And, most of us will be living in cities too with full amenities close by.

  • [New] Autonomous delivery is seen as a potentially lucrative market, with online grocery shopping growing fivefold over the next decade and American consumers spending upward of $100 billion on food-at-home items by 2025. The Verge
  • [New] The global books market size was valued at USD 132.1 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 2.4% from 2021 to 2028. grandviewresearch
  • [New] NEC will create new value in the healthcare and life sciences fields through co-creation with a wide range of external partners. Financial IT
  • [New] There are major opportunities for creating jobs and economic benefits; an Australian hydrogen industry could create 2,800 jobs and add $1.7 b in value by 2030. ClimateWorks
  • [New] The market value related to the fan economy in China was estimated to be more than 4 trillion yuan (US$ 619.2 billion) in 2019, and was projected to surpass 6 trillion yuan in 2023. Young Post
  • [New] The use of free open data (e.g. Ordnance Survey, Satellite data) presents a unique opportunity to keep demonstrating the value of free open geospatial data. techuk
  • [New] The value model of the conventional West is not going anywhere, and will be a factor in Russian politics, a challenge to the stability of its modern structure. Russian Council
  • [New] The quantum computing sector could create $5bn - $10bn worth of value in the next three to five years - and $450bn to $850bn in the next 15 to 30 years. Forbes
  • [New] The biggest expansion is expected by Makro, Uzbekistan's current leader by number of stores, with 109 mainly supermarkets and express shops. Financial Times
  • [New] The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the risk factors associated with suicidal behaviors and highlighted the grave need for national prevention plans. Health Policy Watch
  • [New] In 2019, the global gaming market was valued at US $ 151.55 billion, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 9% to 14.3% and expected to reach US $ 256.97 billion by 2025, with the largest market in the Asia Pacific region. JMIR Medical Education
  • [New] China and Russia might warm up to establishing diplomatic relations with Afghanistan's new government, but women's rights, democratic values, and freedom of speech will not be the values they will push onto the Taliban. Foreign Policy
  • [New] An autonomous asparagus harvester will alleviate labour constraints, reduce and stabilise costs, and allow New Zealand asparagus to have a more competitive offering in high-value export markets. Robotics & Automation News
  • [New] Global polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resins market is expected to create a value opportunity of around US$ 850 Mn during the forecast period. The Cloud Tribune
  • [New] The UK's international education strategy includes a target of increasing the number of international students in the UK to at least 600,000 by 2030 and the value of education exports to £35 billion per year by 2030. HEPI
  • [New] More and more company leaders are seeing the value of content: 28% of respondents plan on newly investing in content marketing in 2021 - up from 17% in 2020. Managing Editor
  • [New] North America is currently the largest contributor to the growing global insurtech market, but the overall market is growing at a rate of 34.4% annually and is expected to reach a value of $119 billion by 2027 globally. 500 Insights
  • [New] As organizations around the world continue to adapt to unpredictable changes in consumer behaviors and needs, they need a platform that can deliver their applications and insights securely where and when they need them. IBM Newsroom
  • In society, the EU could strengthen its position in the world by focusing on fundamental rights and values, as well as strengthening democracy internally. EU Science Hub - European Commission
  • In a world where hospitality is going to involve an increasingly wide range of sectors and products, we have a real opportunity to reposition brands, offer value, bring in more content and broaden their horizons, their development opportunities and their service proposals. Hospitality Net

Last updated: 16 September 2021