AMEinfo compiled the latest research on what is making the world go around, at least in people’s minds, and how it’s shaping our behavior today, socially and professionally.
A survey of business-travel managers found that they expect business travel spending in 2021 will only be half that of 2019. While business travel will return at scale, and global economic growth will generate new demand, executives in the field think that it may never recover to the 2019 level.
The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) estimates that more than 20% of the global workforce (most of them in high-skilled jobs in sectors such as finance, insurance, and IT) could work the majority of its time away from the office.
Kaspersky reveals people’s interest in future trends
Kaspersky has found the trends of the future that people are most interested in, based on the analysis of questions submitted to the Safer Tomorrow online platform which was launched in early February.
The neural network uses the latest machine learning architecture and techniques. Its algorithm has been trained to analyze requests and provide predictions based on data collected from hundreds of thousands of related sources. These references include science fiction books and magazines, selected media, and blogs. It also uses insights from Earth 2050 that provides a futuristic image of what the world will look like in 30 years’ time.
The most popular questions to the neural network were dedicated to the future of cars, food, health, and immortality.
Car-related topics were the most popular among users, including requests such as: ‘What will cars be like in the future?’; to more specific inquiries like ‘Will people make custom cars with 3D printers?’, and ‘When will there be flying cars?’.
Requests about food were also diverse including ‘Will food be healthier in the future?’. Meanwhile, questions on health included ‘Will cancer remain a lethal disease in the future?’ and ‘When will we heal all the illness?’.
Many people also wanted answers on immortality, pondering whether ‘humans will ever be immortal?’, and even, ‘When can we upload our mind to a computer and achieve digital immortality?’
Money and jobs
Other popular questions people asked the neural network surrounded the future of money, artificial intelligence, jobs, and ecology. People sought answers on ‘How long will I live?’. A number of people also asked about the meaning of 42 – the ‘Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything’ from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books written by Douglas Adams.
APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs and strategic communications consultancy, recently announced the findings of a new forward-looking report that examines the most consequential technology trends currently shaping the future.
The MENA region has recently witnessed a substantial surge in the adoption of technology as a means of powering growth. The UAE Vision 2021 and Saudi Vision 2030 as well as other regional strategic blueprints and initiatives are spurring technological progress and made it a top-of-mind priority across the region.
Notable highlights from the APCO MENA Tech Trends Report include:
The New Era of Medicine
The medical industry is turning to new technologies to augment (and replace) human effort. AI-driven systems are now diagnosing patients faster and with greater accuracy, on occasion, even before they reach the emergency room. This trend looks set to continue as the global telemedicine market is expected to reach $185.6 billion by 2026, growing at 10.8% over the next five years in the MENA region.
The Future of ComputingToday, the cost of building factories to manufacture microchips amounts to billions of dollars, resulting in significant barriers to the entry and centralization of the chip-making industry, making it crucial for key players in the industry to cooperate with one another. Currently, the market capitalization of the world’s listed chipmakers exceeds $4 trillion, a fivefold increase since 2016.
AR, VR, and MR technologies are proliferating and will have a significant impact on marcomms for organizations across sectors and industries.
The Future of Mobility
In global indices, like KPMG’s annual Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, the UAE and Saudi Arabia frequently rank high among other major global players including Singapore, the Netherlands, Norway, and the US.
Distributed Clouds and Serverless ‘Servers’
Serverless cloud has witnessed growing uptake around the world due to its scalability, pay-for-value model, and versatility, enabling companies to build more agile and innovative solutions. More than 50% of data generated by enterprise businesses will be held and processed outside a typical single cloud or central data center environment by 2022.
To read the full report, click here: APCO MENA Tech Trends Report 2021