ASK ALAN: MetaTrends Impact on Business in Roaring the 2020’s – 16>20
This is Part 4 and the final installment in my series of ASK ALAN columns about MetaTrends and their influence on business in the ROARING 2020s. Part 1 explains the importance of MetaTrends and includes descriptions of the first five.
According to Google, “MetaTrends, are the macro forces shaping our future. And, these phenomena will impact all factions of human life.”
Capturing the benefits of MetaTrends Peter Diamandis, futurist and founder of “The X-Games,” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Diamandis), says current “MetaTrends are resulting from human longevity, the surging smart economy, AI-human collaboration, urbanized cellular agriculture, and high-bandwidth brain-computer interfaces, to name a few.”
Diamandis suggests, “Entrepreneurs and Business Owners see beyond the immediate implications of current technology and capture the enormous business opportunities on the horizon.”
Five (More) MetaTrends to Consider
“Cellular agriculture moves from the lab into inner cities, providing high-quality protein that is cheaper and healthier: This next decade will witness the birth of the most ethical, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable protein production system devised by humankind. Stem cell-based ‘cellular agriculture’ will allow the production of beef, chicken, and fish anywhere, on-demand, with far higher nutritional content, and a vastly lower environmental footprint than traditional livestock options.”
This metatrend is enabled by the convergence of biotechnology, materials science, machine learning, and AgTech.
“High-bandwidth brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) will come online for public use: Technologist and futurist Ray Kurzweil has predicted that in the mid-2030s, we will begin connecting the human neocortex to the cloud. This next decade will see tremendous progress in that direction, first serving those with spinal cord injuries, whereby patients will regain both sensory capacity and motor control.”
This metatrend is fueled by the convergence of materials science, machine learning, and robotics.
“High-resolution VR will transform both retail and real estate shopping: High-resolution, lightweight virtual reality headsets will allow individuals at home to shop for everything from clothing to real estate from the convenience of their living room. Whether it’s a new outfit or furniture, your AI will assist you with ideas and suggestions, online.”
This metatrend is enabled by the convergence of VR, machine learning, and high-bandwidth networks.
“Increased focus on sustainability and the environment: An increase in global environmental awareness and concern over global warming will drive companies to invest in sustainability, both from a necessity standpoint and for marketing purposes. Breakthroughs in materials science, enabled by AI, will allow companies to drive tremendous reductions in waste and environmental contamination. One company’s waste will become another company’s profit center.”
This Meta trend is enabled by the convergence of materials science, artificial intelligence, and broadband networks.
“CRISPR and gene therapies will minimize disease: A vast range of infectious diseases, ranging from AIDS to Ebola, are now curable. In addition, gene-editing technologies continue to advance in precision and ease of use, allowing families to treat and ultimately cure hundreds of inheritable genetic diseases.”
Whether we like it or not, these collectives suggest a level of change we’ve never experienced before. You may wish to consider these words by Charles Darwin: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It’s the one most adaptable to change.”