Visualizing the Future of 2020

By: | April 21st, 2013

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The following chart and categories were created by Richard Watson author of “The Future: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know” which presents an interesting way of categorizing information about trends.  He has also recently published: “Futurevision: Scenarios for the World in 2040.”

Main Megatrends

  • Hyper Connectivity
  • E-government
  • Scarcity of Resources
  • Idealogical Resurgence
  • Price Volatility
  • Erosion of Trust
  • Clean Fuels
  • Nano Materials
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Semantic Web
  • Holographics & 3D Web
  • Augmented & Virtual Worlds
  • Artificial Intelligent Devices
  • Ubiquitous Sensors and Tracking
  • Desert Based Solar
  • Technology Convergence
  • Gamification
  • Volatility
  • Micro-grids and Micro-generation
  • Robotics and Smart Objects
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Context Aware Computing
  • Automation
  • Near-field Communication
  • Haptic Technology
  • 3D Printing
  • Open-Source Discovery & Invention
  • Xenophobia
  • Non-Conventional Reserves
  • Secularism
  • Predictive Personalisation
  • Personal Genomics
  • Real-time Data Analytics
  • Gestural Recognition
  • Battery Life and Energy Storage
  • Dematerialisation
  • Wireless Re-charging
  • Social Networks
  • Focus on Regional and Domestic Policy
  • Resource Nationalism
  • Resurgence of Religion
  • Hedonism
  • Culture of Immediacy
  • Total Information Transparency
  • Mobility and Portability
  • Sharing
  • Too Much Information
  • Provenance
  • Search For Happiness
  • Ubiquitous Connectivity
  • Workforce Aging
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Expansion of Global Middle Class
  • Resurgence of US Manufacturing
  • Shared Value Creation
  • Focus on Self
  • Purpose & Meaning
  • Population Growth
  • Loss of Bio-diversity
  • Rise of Africa
  • Shift to the BRICs
  • Sense of Entitlement
  • Mobility & Part Time Working
  • Fertility Decline
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Carbon Pricing
  • State Capitalism
  • Normalisation of Obesity
  • Back of Homing of Outsourcing
  • Urban Living
  • Changing Family Units
  • Aquifer Reduction
  • Top Soil Erosion
  • Cosmetic Enhancements
  • Intensifying Competition
  • Population Aging
  • Single Person Households
  • Ethnic Shifts
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Blurring of Real and Virtual Worlds
  • Industry Consolidation
  • Fragmented Attention
  • Individualism
  • Atomisation
  • Regulatory Change
  • Biological Terrorism
  • European Incrementalism
  • Oil & Price Spikes
  • Nationalization and Protectionism
  • Skilled Worker Shortages
  • Food Price Volatility
  • Fiscal Imbalances
  • Global Pandemic
  • Cyber Viruses & Data Theft
  • Uneven Access to Food and Water
  • Severe Income Inequality
  • Rogue Employees
  • Mega-quakes in Mega Cities
  • Global Governance Failure
  • Nuclear Terrorism
  • European Disintegration
  • Unsustainable Population Growth
  • Poorly Managed Migration
  • Explosion of North Korea
  • Critical Systems Failure
  • Collapse of Welfare State
  • Collapse of Pakistan
  • Pakistan vs. India War
  • Collapse of China
  • Failure to Treat Obesity Epidemic
  • Failure to Adapt to Climate Change
  • Sure-volcano Eruption

Additional Categories in Megatrends Table:

  • Avatar Assistants
  • Biomimicry
  • Clean Coal
  • Comfort Eating
  • Contextual Deficit
  • Diminishing Use of Email
  • Decline of Voice Communication
  • Electrification of Transport
  • Facial Recognition on Mobile Phones
  • Gene Hacking
  • Holographic Telepresence
  • Increasing Complexity
  • Local Living
  • Mobile Money
  • Peak Water
  • Peer-to-peer Lending/Giving
  • Quantum Computing
  • Reverse Migration
  • Self-tracking
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Slow Education
  • Shift from Products to Experience
  • Ultra-efficient Solar
  • Value Redefinition
  • Voluntary Simplicity

Click Twice on the Following Chart to Enlarge:

Megatrends

Megatrends (Table Courtesy Richard Watson www.nowandnext.com)

View the full size PDF document here.

David Schilling

David lives in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, and regularly visits MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern, Boston\’s leading companies and labs, the stacks at Boston Atheneaum and Boston Public Library to uncover and research story ideas. You can also find David on Google+.

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