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Future Trends

January 28, 2014

Here are a number of resources that I’ve found to be particularly worth reading lately on technology trends and on the future of work:

Technology trends —

Net Effects: The Past, Present & Future Impact of Our Networks – History, Challenges and Opportunities (Tom Wheeler, FCC)

Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead (McKinsey)

The Great Tech War of 2012 (Fast Company)

15 Tech Trends That Will Define 2014 (Fast Company)

Why Wearable Tech Will Be as Big as the Smartphone (Wired)

 

her minority report

Filmic visions of the future. Her (2014) and Minority Report (2002).

 

Future of Work –

The Re-working of “Work” (Institute for the Future)

The Four-Year Career (Fast Company)

The future of jobs: The onrushing wave (The Economist)

An economy that works: Job creation and America’s future (McKinsey)

Each of these articles/reports offers thought provoking insights on future trends.

Problematically there is a notable lack of consideration of how technology and work trends intersect with the environment. That is, there’s a general assumption that technology use will increase and be increasingly interwoven into our lives. This has, and will have, profound impact on work, jobs and the economy.

What is rarely mentioned is the following: 1. technology requires raw and natural materials as well as energy in its manufacture and use. Many of these resources are limited and non-renewable, at least on human time scales. 2. Technology enables us to do more faster. This often means that we also have a greater impact on the environment, faster.

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Infrastructure, Policy, Social Impact, Systems