Think: Just Rent Your Clothes. The “sharing economy” isn’t new, but when it converges with other consumer trends (such as people’s shifting financial needs and a growing environmental ethos), it will transform more than just the fashion industry.
Think Twice: Disruptive Technology May Change the Whisk(e)y Industry. (Always think twice! Why? The answer is embedded within: Think Twice—you are on Thin Ice!)
Think Ambiguously: These two articles appeared on the same day: Philadelphia Is First U.S. City to Ban Cashless Stores & UK Cash System on Verge of Collapse. So which is it? Will cash stay or will it go? My advice: Embrace ambiguity.
Think Different: If sound disappears could “silent drones” take off? Advances in material science could require you to think differently about certain products and technologies. Researchers Develop Acoustic Metamaterial That Cancels Sound.
Think Smarter: The 20 Best Examples of Using Artificial Intelligence to Enhance the Retail Experience. Your customers are getting smarter. Are you?
Think Anew: Stay Open to “Vague but Interesting” Ideas. You never know where the next big idea will come from, so it is important to stay humble, keep an open mind, and be prepared to think anew.
Think Harder: Don’t Look Now: Why You Should Be Worried About AI Reading Your Emotions. If you have a brand or if you manage a brand, you need to think harder about how AI might manipulate your customers’ emotions.
Think Like a Child: A good primer on how to “think like a child.” The Beginner’s Mind: How to See Old Problems from New Perspectives
Think in Questions: Can AI Put the Human Back into Human Resources? Good question! It’s worth thinking about if you are an HR professional.
Think 10X: Companies Fed Up with Crappy Wi-Fi are Deploying 5G Instead. If 5G networks are seen as a viable (and affordable) alternative to Wi-Fi and Ethernet networks, this trend could grow 10X. Is 5G something you should be thinking about installing in your manufacturing facility, hospital, or office building?
Think Bigger: Welding Breakthrough Could Transform Manufacturing. If you are in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, medical device or healthcare industry, this breakthrough could be big. Think about it.
Think Radically: 3 Innovation Lessons from Dubai. Taking the long view, learning to pivot, and “design in happy accidents,” might not sound radical, but the three principles can lead to radical innovations.
Think Sustainably: The Mad Science Plan to Power the Planet with Poop.
Think Faster: A Little Known AI Method Can Train on Your Health Data Without Threatening Your Privacy. If you are in the healthcare industry, this could be a gamechanger. Time to think faster about how your industry might change.
Think the Unthinkable: Triton is the world’s most murderous malware, and it’s spreading. This is serious, serious shit! If you are an executive in the utility, energy or chemical sectors the time to begin thinking about the unthinkable was yesterday!
Want to think again? You can always revisit last week’s “Future 15”.
Until next week, remember: Don’t stop thinking about the future!