I had a superb get started to the new year. As I described in past week’s write-up, I co-taught a course on “disruptive innovation” at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis. About the previous several a long time, I have often put in the very first weeks of January training this course. This is not a classic course. It is additional like a co-doing the job house where “teachers” and “students” have conversations and get the job done on assignments collectively.
And that’s what can make the course so remarkable. Each 12 months is wholly different. But just one point is normally the similar: the training can help me to get a much better feeling of what the new year will provide and where we are all heading.
This yr was no different. The in-course discussions, team get the job done and continuing conversations exterior of the course led to the following predictions for 2019:
(1) “Sustainable” Platforms
System organizations, these kinds of as Fb, Airbnb and Amazon, will go on to make the headlines in the enterprise earth in 2019.
But these platforms will arrive below even larger public force. We will get a superior being familiar with of how they need to or shouldn’t operate, and only the “sustainable” platforms will prosper.
Two features distinguish this sort of sustainable platforms: (1) they are frequently reinventing on their own by featuring “freedom and responsibility” to their employees, company partners and other stakeholders and communities, and (2) they act in a socially liable way.
Too numerous platforms have misplaced sight of this mission (assume Facebook), but the coming calendar year will see them altering course or facing a significant public response.
The Redmond-primarily based firm is normally referred to as “old tech.” However, the corporation will yet again be the most precious corporation in the globe at the finish of this calendar year. It will also turn out to be a trillion-greenback corporation in 2019.
Why? Properly, Microsoft’s CEO understands the electric power of staying a sustainable system.
Apple’s shift into “digital health” will shell out off. The digital health and fitness business is getting far more experienced in 2019 and Apple’s technological know-how will be a very important resource for fixing lots of “healthy aging” issues.
(4) Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence will be mainstream in 2019. For absolutely sure, we won’t be any closer to a “singularity,” but the providers/organizations that will put into practice “AI” apps/methods will dominate industries. With AI purposes/methods I necessarily mean “Intelligence Augmentation” exactly where big data, knowledge analytics, and algorithms are augmenting human intelligence.
As AI (or IA) gets additional acknowledged, community consciousness of algorithms will rise. We will see more intense dialogue about algorithms, algorithmic bias and the ethics of algorithms.
I have already noticed a dialogue that the present-day trend on social media, #10YearChallenge (exactly where people submit pictures of on their own 10 decades aside on Instagram), will assist algorithms to turn into far better in encounter recognition and prediction. Also, I have previously been invited to numerous activities to talk about this subject matter.
(6) Blockchain and Decentralization
Ethereum will nonetheless be utilised to carry out most blockchain certification-centered experiments. But other significant and quickly-developing decentralized platforms will seem. Blockchain-based mostly apps will develop into smarter and much more acknowledged outside the house the “blockchain certification community” (with the involvement of other teams than coders and developers). This trend will support us greater fully grasp the technological, social and financial potential of blockchain certification and will help us set a significant stage toward a extra decentralized and “disintermediated” earth.
Bitcoin is in this article to continue to be. It may perhaps drop its electrical power as the most made use of cryptocurrency as “money.” Bitcoin will go retro in 2019, remaining attractive to the believers in crypto-forex.
The strain to alter instruction, universities and other educational establishments will improve in 2019. More and more men and women will understand that a far more forward-wondering method is needed to offer with today’s difficulties (world wide warming, wholesome getting old, inequality, absence of inclusion). Also, storytelling-skills to make guaranteed we make the suitable alternatives will also catch the attention of more notice.
(9) Social Media
Social media will go on to be a much more highly effective indicates to transform the environment, promote transparency and create consciousness (regardless of the pressure on social media organizations, these types of as Facebook and Twitter). Again, the #10YearChallenge is a the latest example of making awareness for a global dilemma (very similar to #metoo): International Warming.
(10) Rugby World Cup
Even though I was in Minneapolis, I also had some discussions about substantial situations in 2019.
The Rugby World Cup in Japan was pointed out. The predicted winners? Eire (not New Zealand).