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Human Futures

Without a fundamental change in direction, climate change will be irreversible, inflicting disastrous effects on the planet and humanity

Manufacturing Futures

Up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced by robots by 2030, with each new robot erasing 1.6 jobs.

Blockchain Outlook

Machine learning, biotechnology and blockchain technology will change the world in the coming decades, making it an ever safer, more rational and business-friendly place.

Disrupted Futures

Driving forces: Over the next 10 years the world of work is set to rapidly change, with the World Economic Forum predicting that disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape.

The Future of Travel

Travel and tourism is expected to contribute an average 9 million new jobs per year to 2028 and representing around one quarter of total global net job creation.

Work Futures Revisited

By 2022, 42.5% of the global workforce will be mobile - able to work remotely from anywhere in the world. And, between 75 million and 375 million individuals (3-14% of the global workforce) could be forced to switch occupational categories by 2030...

ASEAN 2030

A Trend Alert to be presented at ASEAN 2030 by our Founder, Dr Michael Jackson. Do come to this great conference.

Thought for Food

The world's population is expected to rise to 9.8 billion by 2050, requiring a 70% increase in food production that will need to be achieved with a limited number of hectares of arable land and in a context of accelerated land and soil degradation.

Sustainable Futures

With the increased chatter and focus surrounding sustainability, brands have an opportunity to develop innovative sustainable products. Read to discover what our robot, Athena, has found on Sustainable Futures and act accordingly, or click any lin...

Recessionary Signals?

The World Bank has added its voice to those warning of a worsening outlook for the global economy this year, amid signs that some major economies could experience a recession. While the risk of a full-blown international recession next year with p...

Social Futures

This Trend Alert is written in association with the conference on CONSTRUCTING SOCIAL FUTURES – Sustainability, Responsibility and Power, taking place on 12–13 June 2019 in Turku, Finland at which we will be presenting. A few tickets still availa...

Political Outlook

An increasing number of pitfalls, such as escalating political risk, the high volatility of commodity prices and supply constraints, began to slow world growth in late 2018 and cast a shadow over the outlook for 2019.

Machine Futures

Machine learning will be the biggest and fastest-growing trend in technology again in 2019, threatening every laggard organization and offering rich prizes for the leaders, big and small. Read to discover what our robot, Athena, has found on the f...

Wearable Forecasts

Currently 1-in-5 adults wears a smartwatch or fitness strap and by 2020, the wearable tech market will be worth €30bn globally - proving that this market is one to watch.

Plastic Futures

The scale of the plastic waste issue is getting worse not better, with the production of plastics expected to double over the next decade. Yet efforts are being made to reduce or ban plastic in many parts of our lives by danger-aware and innovativ...

Lifestyle Futures

In the coming decade, changing lifestyles, economic volatility and infrastructure issues are just a few of the trends that will influence where and how people choose to live. Discover what our robot, Athena, thinks lifestyle futures could be, act ...

Drone Update

Apart from saving lives, civilian drones are becoming a good business. By 2020, the market will be worth $100bn in areas such as surveying, security and delivery. Discover what our robot, Athena, thinks the varied future of drones could be, act ac...

Tomorrow's Shopping

Shifting consumer preferences and an increasing priority on convenience will fuel radical changes to shopping in the coming years. Read to discover what our robot, Athena, thinks the future of shopping could be, act accordingly or click any link t...

Future Business Models

Over the next 10 years, the world of work is set to change rapidly. The World Economic Forum predicts that disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape. Discover what our robot, Athena, thinks the f...

Emergent IoT

The current development and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives could create a new golden era in the global economy. Some say we are in the valley of disappointment with IoT. Others say that the global IoT market is expected to doub...

Climactic Future?

Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century and tackling it could be our greatest health opportunity. While we already know the elephant is in the room, its potential to create future damage is huge and our current effor...

Future of Science

By 2030, workers will spend double the amount of time solving problems and 77% more time using science and maths skills. That includes you! Read on to discover what our robot, Athena, thinks the future of science could be, act accordingly or clic...

Future Inequalities

The 21st century poses new and multiple challenges to public services, including an increased number of poor people, widening inequality, jobless economic growth, multi-dimensional security threats, persistent food insecurity and the irreversible ...

Tourism Foresight

The tourism industry faces greater competition than ever before, including from more affordable destinations in Latin America and Asia, increasingly popular North American cities such as Toronto and Miami and cities that have invested much more in...

Mobility Futures

The rewards of unlocking smart mobility could be vast: Innovative mobility services are projected to see a 5-fold increase in their share of travel spending by 2040 and generate an estimated $270 billion in revenue and up to $150 billion in prof...

Education All Around Us

Technology is a vital and exciting tool that is going to revolutionise education in the years ahead. Worldwide education spending is expected to be $10 trillion in the next 10 years. Read on to discover what our robot, Athena, thinks the future of...

Risky Futures

On Monday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels by 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages f...

Future of Seafood

The World Bank estimates that 62% of fish for human consumption will come from aquaculture by 2030, dominated by tilapia, carp and catfish: Global tilapia production alone is expected to almost double to 7.3 million tons a year by 2030. Read o...

Future of Healthcare

By 2023, markets will be under pressure to find revenue, the government and healthcare sectors will be entering a period of significant disruption. Read on to discover what our robot, Athena, thinks the future of healthcare could be and take actio...

Urbanized Futures

By 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas. Read on to discover how Athena, our robot, forecasts this mega-trend and other changes to urban living that will change the world.