Weak signals

The primary forces — technology, globalization and demographics — are the root causes of disruption. Since these primary forces are themselves evergreen, it is their evolution in new waves that creates disruptive megatrends and future working worlds.

Consider how recent waves of technology have created new megatrends. The online and mobile revolutions enabled the super consumer. Now, the next wave of technological disruption — human augmentation — is spawning a new generation of megatrends, such as the future of work and adaptive regulation.

To understand what lies beyond these disruptions —

and find the seeds of tomorrow’s megatrends — one needs to identify future primary force waves. To help with this process, we analyze “weak signals”, or waves of primary forces that are farther in the future.

Weak signals are nascent by definition. This means that the nature and magnitude of their impact is relatively unclear. It also means that they are rapidly evolving, with new weak signals emerging along the way.

For these reasons, we explore weak signals on our website rather than in this report. We expect to add new weak signals to our hub over time. Please check back regularly and join the conversation.

Emotional intelligence is fundamental to achieving meaningful human-machine interactions. The emotion-deciphering capabilities of affective computing will fundamentally change the human experience much like mobile computing did in the past.

With speeds of over 700mph, hyperloops promise hyper-connectivity between people and places — if they can traverse the technology, economic and bureaucratic minefields that await.

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