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Technology

What Might Happen? - Artificial Intelligence
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Halcyon In Future 16 February 2017

This evolving report looks at emerging trends in artificial intelligence (AI).

See also:

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

 

How will AI impact society in the future?

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a long-term investigation of the field of AI and its influences on people, their communities, and society. It considers the science, engineering, and deployment of AI-enabled computing systems. 

What's Happening? - AI: at WEF 2017 Halcyon In Business 18 January 2017

As business opportunities for artificial intelligence multiply, how can industry leaders design the principles and technical standards into their products that benefit society as a whole? Dimensions addressed by the panel included: data ecosystems for privacy and security, algorithms for greater social inclusion and institutions to build trust among stakeholders.

What's Happening? - Blockchain
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Halcyon In Business 22 November 2016
What's Happening? - Automation
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Halcyon In Business 31 October 2016

Please see below some of the more thoughtful and significant recent headlines about the ongoing and accelerating automation of work (new content in bold).

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

ETHICAL WILL TRUMP TECHNICAL?

An associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, showed that in recent years, many jobs requiring only mathematical skills have been automated. Bank tellers and statistical clerks have suffered. Roles which require predominantly social skills (childcare workers, for example) tend to be poorly paid as the supply of potential workers is very large.

 

 

July-August-September 2016

  • Outsourcing is being disrupted by the innovations in robotic process automation, which could cut labour costs and free workers from boring tasks. The implications of this are discussed in a new Raconteur report along with how outsourcing is no longer reserved for big corporations as more start-ups and small business are realising the advantages to be had.
  • In the next few decades, about 56% of all salaried workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be displaced by automation and advanced technologies, such as 3D printing. That at least is the conclusion of an extensive series of new studies by the International Labour Organisation.

August 2015

 

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What Happened? - Technology

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PPlease see below selected pre-2016 intelligence about technology. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.

December 2015

 

  • KPMG released its Fintech 100report, a collaborative effort with fintech investment firm, H2 Ventures. The report identified the leading 50 ‘Established’ fintech companies across the globe, and 50 ‘Emerging Stars’. Fintech is now truly a global sector – The list is comprised of 40 US companies, 20 from EMEA, 18 from the UK and 22 from Asia Pacific. China fintech leads the world – ZhongAn, a Chinese company tops this year’s list, and there are seven Chinese fintech companies on the list (with six in the 50 Established list). Payments is at most risk of disruption - Fintech growth in payments, currencies and transactions sees these segments of fintech now representing 25% of the Fintech 100, a substantial uplift on last year. Insurance finds its fintech footing - The top 2 companies on the list are insurance fintechs (with 7 overall, compared to none last year). Shift from disruptors to enablers – 25 ‘enablers’ (service providers to financial companies) this year, compared to 7 last year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's Happening? - Digital

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 Please see below selected recent intelligence about the ongoing digital revolution.

 

Q3 (July-August-September) 2016

 

June 2016

 

Megatrend Watch - September 2016
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Halcyon In Future 17 October 2016

Please see below the most compelling new megatrend headlines over the past month. This edition covers demographic, economic, societal, sustainability, technology and urban trends.

For more information about our megatrend and related products and services, please get in touch.

Dominic Kelleher 

What's Happening? - Technology

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