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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force tomorrow, affecting all organizations that do business within the European Union. Here's a partial summary of our robot Athena's view of the future of GDPR.  Tomorrow is only the beginning. We can expect its influence to be stro...
Our robot, Athena says automation will replace human effort across the entire insurance value-chain. Digital engagement through lifestyle apps will change the relationship dynamic between insurer and insured. Also, new models and technological advances such as blockchain, sensors and robotics wil...
Athena, our robot, looked at a weak signal on how advancing brain science may affect all our futures soon. Read on to discover how scientists and industry are preparing for a world of brain chips and consider how these may impact you, your family and friends and your organization.
Nearly half of North American and European consumers will abandon a brand and take their money elsewhere if they repeatedly encounter "a poor, impersonal or frustrating customer experience across channels of engagement." Also, 57% of global consumers will buy or boycott a brand based on its pos...
Automation could displace between 400 million and 800 million workers globally by 2030 if we do not retrain them or change our education systems to prioritize lifelong learning. Read on to view a partial summary of the recent forecasts affecting the future of education that our robot, Athena ...
We interrupt our normal future focus to highlight the fears of a global trade war that are rattling stock markets around the world after President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on China and Xi threatened to respond in kind. Read on to see a partial report from our robot Athena, on key issues...
Retailers everywhere can expect intense competition on all fronts during the next decade. Read on to see a partial report from our robot, Athena, on the key occurrences, and use our AI and systems thinking to develop your response. Contact us to see how and to ask for a full research report (~50 ...
China’s growing influence on the world is something every organization should regularly watch, learn from and respond to. Read on to see a sample of what Athena, our robot, thinks China will be doing in the next 25 years and contact us for our full report.
Cryptocurrencies are a big talking point but there is considerable uncertainty and, as many warnings as there are, news of phenomenal profits to be made. Consider the partial forecast summary that Athena, our robot, has extracted from recent expert and pundit predictions. We recommend that you un...
Disruptive change from emerging technologies combined with geopolitical and trade issues are currently top priority for governments. Discover what our robot, Athena, has uncovered about the future of government and make your plans accordingly.
This was by far the most searched on topic by our members this week so here is our robot Athena’s overview. Blockchain is forecasted to be the next transformative technology by the World Economic Forum, European Parliament, IBM and Barclays. Read on to see where Athena thinks we will see Blockcha...
Persistently weak productivity gains in coming years could lead to a further slowdown in potential global growth amid rising demographic pressures and despite rapid technological advance. Read on to discover our robot, Athena’s found forecasts on future productivity and see where your own opportu...
Athena has uncovered a trend that is permeating the everyday thinking of governments and for and not-for-profits; how to organize amid rapid change? This question is fuelled by rapid geopolitical shifts, technological change and emerging global opportunities. Read how Athena thinks organizations ...
Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom (DIKW) is changing rapidly. We are increasingly seeing a data and information explosion that is causing leading organisations in the content space to find aggregated solutions that summarise what is known into knowledge systems and ultimately that can produ...
Happy New Year. Following on from the last Trend Alert in 2017 that focused on computing, Athena finds that technological change dominates pundits and experts’ forecasts for 2018. Read on to discover where they see what’s coming next and join the party or take mitigating action before its too la...
By 2050, it is projected that the collective power of computing will reach the same capacity as that of all humans. Discover how we will get there from our robot, Athena’s, summary forecasts. Determine how you will compete in a very different world in the near future. Quickly develop your respons...
Electricity is the rising force among worldwide end-uses of energy, making up 40% of the rise in final consumption to 2040 - the same share of growth that oil took for the last 25 years. Discover how our robot Athena, thinks energy demand and consumption will likely change this millennium.
How will we shop in the future? How can your organization seize new opportunities and reduce the threats from rivals? Find out where our robot Athena, thinks shopping is going in the coming years.
Find out where are robot, Athena, thinks the most promising and not-so-promising opportunities for sales growth are in the coming years and take advantage or mitigate risk accordingly.
3D printing will disrupt the global supply chain and create a market for producing goods locally. Read on to discover what Athena, our robot, has discovered about the future opportunities and risks with 3 and 4D printing. Are you ready to play, or lose ground to more nimble competetion?
Many countries will not meet the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Read on to discover what our robot, Athena has summarized about the world’s progress or otherwise to achieving the SDG goals. Also, consider how your organization can act to help achieve this SDG and ...
The risks of a military conflict with North Korea is growing day by day. How might the US react and how is your organization taking steps to avoid the worst fallouts from a possible war? Read on to get a comprehensive situation report from our robot, Athena, and her analysis of Donald Trump's pos...
Worldwide spending on items such as virtual reality headsets and games is forecast to double every year until 2021. Athena’s extracted forecasts below suggest that many workers and consumers alike will be demanding virtual tools within the next 8 years.
Right now, the world economy is seemingly stable. Sentiment could shift rapidly if a clear and present geopolitical event, caused by a paucity of international leadership and diplomacy shocks the markets. This, coupled with the high-risk combination of record debt, low growth, and limited scope f...
Our robot, Athena, finds that the global value of mobile and wearable contactless payments will reach $95 billion annually by 2018, and that by 2020, mobile payments will become the preferred method for both consumers and merchants. The payments market could be disrupted by then with too many pl...
The Asia-Pacific region is the world's fastest growing market. It has registered the CAGR of more than 8% and is expected to grow by 9.5% in the forecasted period. Read on to discover Athena, our robot’s, findings on some of the opportunities and risks facing the region and take action accordingly.
The threat of protectionism and economic fragmentation hangs over global trade and therefore impacts on your organization. Read on to discover what our robot, Athena, has discovered about the likely future of trade and respond accordingly.
The race to build smart cities is on, but unless you have deep pockets or a unique, protected or niche product this is potentially an area to steer clear of as the substantial payback is likely to be a long way off. Read on to discover where the opportunities are.
Amazon represents a real threat to many businesses and an opportunity to learn, Read on to see the forecasts that our robot, Athena, has found on its likely future activities and act accordingly. There will be no hiding place in the markets that Amazon chooses to dominate as the book stores found...
By 2025, solar will be the cheapest energy globally. In 2040, oil and natural gas are expected to make up nearly 60% of global supplies, while nuclear and renewables will be approaching 25%. Improved efficiency of lighting and home appliances is expected to continue to reduce residential electric...

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