tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:/posts Gerd Leonhard's Megashifts 2017-05-28T11:45:14Z tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1158157 2017-05-28T11:45:14Z 2017-05-28T11:45:14Z What are the megashifts ?

Digital transformation has become a ‘suitcase word’ (i.e. you can throw anything into this kind of meme) that really stands for many other major developments in technology and culture that have erupted in the past 5 years. The megashifts will change our world more in the next 20 years than the previous 300 years, and understanding them well today is certain to make all the difference, tomorrow. These 10 megashifts are the key to success in the future: digitization, mobilisation, datafication (everything is becoming data), cognification (everything is becoming intelligent), personalisation (every user can be individually addressed now), augmentation (we can see the world with new eyes, AR / VR),  virtualisation (what used to be ‘stuff’ is now zeros and ones), automation (what people used to do is now done by machines and software), disintermediation (old middlemen fade and new platforms take over), robotization (robots are going to be everywhere)...

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1156952 2017-05-24T10:48:42Z 2017-05-28T11:42:53Z a new animation! ]]> tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1142760 2017-03-31T02:09:18Z 2017-03-31T02:09:37Z Some new Megashifts slides and images

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1136846 2017-03-08T12:41:24Z 2017-03-08T12:41:24Z Brand new video: Futurist Gerd explains the MegaShifts

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1126826 2017-01-28T14:15:15Z 2017-01-28T14:15:15Z The Megashifts (visualisation)

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1125505 2017-01-24T06:15:56Z 2017-01-24T06:15:57Z The Coming Tech Backlash – NewCo Shift
“50% of the jobs will be gone in ~20 years. Not from the great sucking sound of jobs to Mexico that can be stopped with a wall. Not from moving offshore to China. From automation that is moving quickly from blue collar manufacturing to white collar information work. Second only to climate change, this is the greatest disruption of our time, and I don’t mean that word in a good way.

A recent study found 50% of occupations today will be gone by 2020, and a 2013 Oxford study forecasted that 47% of jobs will be automated by 2034. A Ball State study found that only 13% of manufacturing job losses were due to trade, the rest from automation. A McKinsey study suggests 45% of knowledge work activity can be automated.

94% of the new job creation since 2005 is in the gig economy. These aren’t stable jobs with benefits on a career path. And if you are driving for Uber, your employer’s plan is to automate your job. Amazon has 270k employees, but most are soon-t0-be-automated ops and fulfillment. Facebook has 15k employees and a 330B market cap, and Snapchat in August had double their market cap per employee, at $48M per employee. The economic impact of Tech was raising productivity, but productivity and wages have been stagnant in recent years.”

The Coming Tech Backlash – NewCo Shift
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tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1121924 2017-01-10T08:02:28Z 2017-01-10T08:02:28Z Megashifts: technology and humanity (Gerd Leonhard slide deck from IAPP)

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1121923 2017-01-10T08:00:25Z 2017-01-10T08:00:26Z The next 120 years: Megashifts explained (slidedeck)

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1119002 2016-12-29T11:57:07Z 2016-12-29T12:08:25Z Some megashifts illustrations (from the book "Technology vs Humanity")

Visit www.techvshuman.com for more details about my book

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1118583 2016-12-27T16:53:53Z 2016-12-27T20:05:46Z The Megashifts GIF

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1117181 2016-12-21T11:38:53Z 2016-12-21T11:38:54Z Conversations with Gerd (context of megashifts)


tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1115899 2016-12-16T05:34:15Z 2016-12-16T05:38:08Z Our Automated Future
“Foxconn, the world’s largest contract-electronics company, which has become famous for its city-size factories and grim working conditions, plans to automate a third of its positions out of existence by 2020"

Our Automated Future
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tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1109010 2016-11-18T05:58:37Z 2016-11-18T08:55:35Z A gallery of Megashifts Megashifts  Gerd Leonhard Technology vs Humanity ?]]> tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1103351 2016-10-29T10:44:49Z 2016-10-29T10:44:49Z The Future Show LIVE: Understand the Megashifts!

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1103350 2016-10-29T10:44:01Z 2016-10-29T10:44:01Z The Megashifts reshaping our world

The Megashifts reshaping our world
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Science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact and exponential technological changes are rapidly changing our culture, business and society.

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The most powerful companies are no longer the oil and gas companies or the banks – they are the big data / big Internet companies and platforms, such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Baidu and Tencent.

These players are propelled to supremely dominant positions by what Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Author of Technology vs. Humanity calls Megashifts; a dozen or so drivers that are unfolding exponentially as well as combinatorially – amplifying each other and reaching unprecedented magnitudes.

Any organization looking to understand exponential thinking and to achieve future-readiness must have a clear picture of what these shifts mean, and what opportunities or threats may arise from them.

Leonhard describes Megashifts as much more than mere paradigm shifts, which usually affect only one sphere of human activity. They arrive suddenly to transform the basis and framework of entire industries and societies. Megashifts do not replace the status quo with a new normal – they unleash dynamic forces which reshape life as we know it. Megashifts radically reconfigure the age-old relationship between our past, present and future. (See Megashifts.com).

Here are some Megashifts that Leonhard, in his book Technology vs. Humanity expects us to see in the next few years:

Digitisation: everything that can will become digital. Digitization means much lower costs for consumers yet also a mad scramble for new business models because distribution or access is no longer an issue.

Mobilisation: everything is becoming mobile, and soon wearable or ‘hearable’. Computing is becoming invisible, omnipresent – utterly indispensable.

Screenification: everything that used to be physical (or printed) is now available on screens; what used to be between people (such as conversations in foreign languages) can soon be done via a screen using free translation apps such as SayHi, Google Translate, or soon, Waverly Labs’ Pilot prototype.

Disintermediation: middlemen are suffering because technology increasingly makes it feasible to go direct. Examples include record labels (musicians now launch their careers via YouTube), and consumer banking where millennials increasingly use mobile platforms and apps to make payments and organize their finances.

Datafication: much of what used to happen face to face is now being turned into data, e.g. electronic medical records vs. talking to the doctor, or the grocery delivery service that tracks all its products.

Intelligisation or Cognification (as Kevin Kelly terms it): everything that used to be dumb is now becoming connected and intelligent, such as gas pipelines, farms, cars, shipping containers, traffic lights etc. This flood of data we will have a vastly different way of reading, seeing and directing the world.

Automation: the result of smart machines will be widespread technological unemployment. Everything that can be automated will be. I believe this is a huge opportunity but we are currently ill-prepared for it.

Virtualization: we no longer rely only on physical things in a room but on 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. Examples include my smart watch, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Intelligent Digital Assistants and (sooner or later) Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and implants.

Anticipation: software (IA/AI) can now anticipate and predict our behavior; thus changing the way maps, email and online collaboration work.

Robotisation: even many white-collar jobs will soon be done by robots. Robots are entering our daily lives and homes.

De-humanisation: taking humans out of the equation by cutting a complex human task to its bare bones and giving it to machines.

Yet, for Leonhard, the most important Megashift might soon be Re-humanization: finally, we are just about to realize that our customers don’t buy technology – they buy relationships? Maybe this is the driving force behind the recent Partnership on AI to benefit people and society, initiated by FAMIG (Facebook/Amazon/Microsoft/IBM/Google).

Technology is not what we seek, it’s how we seek – and we should embrace technology but not become it.


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tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1096519 2016-10-06T18:13:34Z 2016-10-06T18:13:34Z Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we've ever known
“They have become the medium through which we experience and understand the world.”

Mediasation !

Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we've ever known
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tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1093224 2016-09-25T12:46:33Z 2016-09-25T12:46:33Z What exactly is a Megashift?

Megashift: an exponential shift in human experience which is sudden in arrival, and unpredictable in outcome. Unlike paradigm shifts which affect one area alone and may take many decades to take hold (the combustion engine, color film etc), Megashifts are omnipresent, combinatory and immediately dominant. Megashifts interact with each other to alter human perceptions of time and space, creating a conscious divide between past and future. Where paradigm shifts represent a new way of doing things, Megashifts represent new ways of being. Mobile, wearable and ingestible technologies are all examples of Megashift moments.  More on Gerd's blog.

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1093223 2016-09-25T12:40:02Z 2016-09-25T12:40:28Z Watch my Youtube videos on 'Technology versus Humanity'

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1093225 2016-09-24T10:00:00Z 2016-09-25T12:47:32Z The megashifts

tag:www.megashifts.com,2013:Post/1086872 2016-09-05T16:42:08Z 2016-09-05T16:42:08Z Here is the latest list of megashifts as outlined in my 'Technology vs Humanity' book





Intelligization (sic)




Platformication (sic)




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