Tagged: trends

Hoppy meals - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 20, 2017

Here’s a weak signal associated with changing dietary habits. Grasshoppers were on the menu at a Major League Baseball game in the US recently. At a Seattle Mariners vs Astros game six kilos of spicy grasshoppers sold out. I wrote in October in more detail about some of the trends and challenges associated with traditional western food consumption. Read More

The last 90 years - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 06, 2016

Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith is officially 90. Happy Birthday Ma’am. What are some of the most significant changes that have happened during her life, and what could we expect over the next 90 years? 1926 to 2016 … Read More

Future work - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 16, 2016

There are four narratives about how increasing automation of manual and cognitive tasks will affect employment: Many people will no longer have paid employment, and will depend on government assistance. Many people will no longer have paid employment, but automation will create highly productive and equitable economies that enable people to pursue their own creative and social endeavours. As in … Read More

Poor robots? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 03, 2016

Hard on the heals of robots getting “bullied” …   … are humans now “stealing” robot’s jobs? No. As Forbes notes, it is more an evolution of robotics within the auto industry. Big clunky first generation industrial robots are being replaced by smaller more agile machines which can work more safely and efficiently alongside human workers. A … Read More

Key Technology Trends in Tertiary Education - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 07, 2014

A recent report has outlined significant upcoming trends, challenges and developments in the tertiary sector (none of which unfortunately offer 3D interactive holograms as shown in the picture above – damn!) The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition is the latest in a series of reports prepared by an international body of experts in education, technology and other … Read More

Dr Seuss, futurist? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 27, 2013

Once you’ve read one mega trend report, you’ve read ’em all. Or so it often seems. This is a point succinctly made by Spencer & Salvatico. They suggest that the popularity of publications on trends is because “… many people believe trends to be the beating heart of futures thinking and foresight.” You can go to town analyzing … Read More

A sufficiency of trends - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 21, 2013

Two recent reports highlight a range of trends affecting governments, but they take different approaches. The report from IBM – Six Trends Driving Change in Government – has a focus on the US but the trends are generally applicable. Their six (some more accurately considered drivers rather than trends) relate to: Performance – using data to inform “real-time” … Read More

A Futures Periodic Table - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 15, 2012

I’ve been playing around with a graphic to make it easier to keep track of important trends and drivers influencing the future. This Table of Elements is what I have come up with.  It arranges the elements into the basic Futures Framework of Social, Technological, Political, Economic and Environmental trends (or other drivers/influencers of change). I have loaded a PowerPoint … Read More

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