September 14th, 2016 by
Category: Futuristgerd

One of the powerful key memes from Gerd Leonhard‘s new book  Technology vs Humanity are The Megashifts.

Because of exponential technological change and how its forces are combining with each other, these 10+ trends are absolutely essential to understand as they may create huge new opportunities – or challenge existing business models, social contracts or humanity at large:

  • Digitization (everything that can will become digital)
  • Mobilisation (computing is no longer at the desk – everything is mobile)
  • Screenification (all that can… will be screenified)
  • Disintermediation: many traditional middlemen are suffering because technology makes it possible to ‘go direct’. Examples include record labels, publishers, advertising (brands can now tell their stories without TV or print) etc
  • Datafication (what used to be between-people ie not recorded or mediated, is now being turned into data, e.g. electronic medical records vs talking to the doctor)
  • Intelligization i.e. everything that used to be dumb is now becoming connected and intelligent, such as gas pipelines, farms, cars, shipping containers etc
  • Automation (huge factor in regards to technological unemployment)
  • Virtualisation (no longer a physical thing in a room but an ‘instance’ in the cloud e.g. software defined networking instead of local routers, virtual friends such as Hello Barbie etc)
  • Augmentation: humans can increasingly use technology to augment themselves i.e. to be omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent – kind of super-human. Augmentation examples include my smart watch, smart Goggles, Augmented and Virtual Reality, intelligent digital assistant and sooner or later brain-computer interfaces BCIs and implants
  • Anticipation: software can now predict our behaviour, even crimes
  • Robotization: even white-collar jobs will soon be done by robots
  • De-humanization: taking humans out of the equation by cutting a task to its bare bones and giving it to machines 
  • Re-humanization: realising that your customers don’t buy technology – they buy relationships! Thus, brand value is defined by being more human, not less!

Technology vs Human - Megashifts - Gerd Leonhard

Watch Gerd’s first episode on Technology vs Humanity of his new video series entitled ‘conversations with Gerd’ see These are short films with interviews on key topics such as technology versus humanity, digital transformation, the future of the internet, exponential change, artificial intelligence, the future of work and much more.

Produced and directed by Jean Francois Cardella, TFA Studios see

Author: Gerd Leonhard

In the words of American poet John Berryman, “the possibility that has been overlooked is the future”. Most of us are far too busy coping with present challenges to explore the future in any depth – and when we do our own cravings and fears often run away with us, resulting in utopias or dystopias that are not very helpful in terms of planning and decisions. Today’s professionals, leaders and their organisations need a dedicated, passionate long-term understanding of the future if they are to successfully navigate the exponential waves of change. For countless individuals and organizations that intelligence is called Gerd Leonhard.

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