The Future of Mobility

These life mapping shifts are from my future forecasting work during my summer 2016 internship. They are the result of in-depth research, data synthesis, and educated predictions based on macro and emerging trends.

The line will blur between ownership and usage, shifting transportation to a system of shared services

  • Ride-sharing and on-demand mobility
  • Invisible pay-as-you-go system
  • Fully customized, fully optimized
  • Crowd-sourced, feature-based, & modular

Transit vehicles will exist as additional autonomous devices in our connected life

  • Autonomous vehicles on the IoT via V2V and V2I
  • Micro and macro modes of transportation
  • New laws and security measures against hacking

Time in transit will be seen as a highly valuable asset and a resource for productivity

  • Companies will compete for our attention
  • Transit will become a fourth place
  • Transit will be an extension of the workday
  • Mobility advisors and agents (Return on Mobility, ROM)

Smart, connected transit and infrastructure will be integrated into the development of cities

  • Inverse infrastructure
  • Transit-oriented development (TOD)

 

These opportunities are areas in which businesses and services providers can meet the needs of future users based on identifying and designing for the future.

As the task of driving becomes obsolete, time during commute will be seen as a valuable asset in terms of attention allocation

I need to have productive and enjoyable mobility experiences

Transactions will become automated and integrated with biotechnology so as to no longer disrupt our daily flow of activity

I need seamless mobility transactions

Mobility modules will create an on-demand kit of parts system for designing and altering mobility experiences

I need modular mobility experiences that meet my changing needs

As traffic jams and car crashes become irrelevant, network outages and infrastructure hacks will be the new mobility delay

I need real-time information about my modes of mobility

The Future of Education

These life mapping shifts are from my future forecasting work during my summer 2016 internship. They are the result of in-depth research, data synthesis, and educated predictions based on macro and emerging trends.

New education literacy will emphasize creative problem solving, and technological innovation

  • Focus on critical thinking, innovation, computer fluency and social and emotional intelligence
  • STEM fields will dominate education pathways

Skill-based networks will eclipse institution-based networks for knowledge

  • ‘Talent clouds’, where professionals, students, and digital assistants form a network
  • Education data history (asset and liability)
  • Crowd-sourced just-in-time (JIT) knowledge

An ecosystem of personalized, collective education will replace homogenized, individual education

  • Learning will be collaborative and activity-based
  • Education will rely on open-source content
  • Schools as learning communities and unbundled education

Communities will become open labs that offer support and infrastructure for education

  • Access to digital information will become a basic human right
  • Community centers will democratize and integrate education
  • ‘Rooted-place’ or ‘deep-place’ schools
  • Entrepreneurship in education through real-world practice with local businesses

The convergence of neuroscience and technology will enhance and improve education

  • Monitoring and manipulating the brain as a learning tool
  • Auto-correction through object embedded intelligence

 

These opportunities are areas in which businesses and services providers can meet the needs of future users based on identifying and designing for the future.

Education will be acquired through skills-based badges and milestones rather than degrees; personal education portals will track and validate progress

I need trackable, skills-based lifelong learning

As digital education increases, schools will serve as community centers to develop social, emotional, and collaborative intelligence

I need to experience education through community

The brain will become a super tool aided by new technologies and practices that are informed by advanced monitoring

I need to utilize my brain to its fullest potential

As connectivity increases, every learner will also be a content creator and content will self-adjust to meet individual needs

I need access to open-source learning materials

The Future of Family

These life mapping shifts are from my future forecasting work during my summer 2016 internship. They are the result of in-depth research, data synthesis, and educated predictions based on macro and emerging trends.

Families will be networks of loosely connected individuals rather than an integrated, closed institution

  • Nomadic professionals will form networks of single-person families living in high-service, low-ownership homes
  • Tandem tribe communities will live together for economic needs and convenience
  • Because of an increased ease and frequency of migration, we will see more transnational family networks
  • The desire to share economic and child-rearing responsibilities will lead to multi-family co-housing
  • Increased lifespans and co-support structures will lead to more multi-generational housing
  • AI caregivers will be seen as part of the family and form intimate relationships with family members

Roles, responsibilities, and interactions within families will flex

  • Multiple decision makers within a single household
  • Young adults will live at home longer
  • Gender fluidity and the eradication of gender roles

Relationships will be reimagined to be more malleable and heterogeneous

  • Marriages will be a unit for community engagement
  • Marriage will be naturally ending – geared towards raising children, not life-long commitment

Technology will be used to better connect and manage the family unit and its members

  • Cloud-based family hubs will manage tasks and responsibilities
  • Child rearing will be augmented by technology that drives individual motivation
  • Rise in virtual avatar families and mind-linked families

Genetics will be seen as a creative field and as a valuable tool for planning

  • Having children will involve genetic choices and be realized by artificial wombs
  • Genetic testing will be an integral part of future family and health planning

 

These opportunities are areas in which businesses and services providers can meet the needs of future users based on identifying and designing for the future.

As family becomes a network of unrelated groups, people will rely on platforms and services that bring individuals together

I need to connect to a broader definition of family, as individuals not linked by DNA

As adults join together in customizable marriages and co-family housing, division and flexibility of labor will be needed for this new family model

I need to have flexible roles, responsibilities, & relationships in my family

AI caregivers will become both a functional tool and an intimate part of the future family

I need to integrate technology and artificial personas into my family

With the rise in available genetic tools, people will need assistance implementing and managing new biotechnologies

I need help planning and making smart decisions for the future

The Future of Giving

These life mapping shifts are from my future forecasting work during my summer 2016 internship. They are the result of in-depth research, data synthesis, and educated predictions based on macro and emerging trends.

Philanthropy will blur the line between venture investments and charitable activities

  • Philanthropy will be commercialized for long-term returns
  • Philanthropic investing will embody the business investing model
  • Pairing crowd-sourced ideas with professional R&D departments

Volunteers will support causes by giving information, data, skills, expertise, and time

  • Short, frequent spurts of volunteered time and skills-based contributions
  • Community service per capita will be an indicator of the quality of life

Connected networks, digital communities, and big data will become the leading power over institutions

  • Social platforms will give rise to grassroots power concentration
  • Social control through public digital networks
  • Philanthropic programs will be open-source
  • Giving will be a public, peer-to-network exchange

Donors will have long-term relationships they can track via real-time updates

  • The cause will become the center of interaction 
  • Prizes and recognition will be used to attract talent and solutions with greater speed

 

These opportunities are areas in which businesses and services providers can meet the needs of future users based on identifying and designing for the future.

As philanthropic volunteering shifts to online platforms, people will donate different things in new ways

I need platforms to help me donate my data, skills, and time.

Social and philanthropic investing will become a form of currency that I actively build and improve

I need to maintain a quality philanthropic score as part of my data profile

As contributions shift from passive to active, donors will want to track their donations from end to end

I need real-time updates about my philanthropic activities

As philanthropy becomes more open and public, people will leverage their activity as social capital and a means of networking

I need to be able to share and connect around philanthropic activities

RealEyez: Medical Wearable Technology

With a growing resistance to the time and expense of doctor visits, patients need more ways to take health awareness into their own hands. The integration of the IoT in the medical industry is making this possible.
My innovation proposal is an eye pressure monitoring kit called RealEyez. It includes two easily inserted lenses that sit on the lower portion of the eye and a small microprocessor bracelet that transmits data to the RealEyez app on any smartphone. The app displays daily eye pressure readings and indicates a warning symbol for eye pressures that are within glaucoma range. Those without a smartphone can use a self-print-out station at their local pharmacy. Glaucoma can be sensed within 24 to 48 hours.
The core technology involves a strain gauge that measures pressure across a distance. The innovation behind RealEyez is not so much in the developed technology, but in the ability for the consumer to test their eye pressure in the same way that they can test their blood pressure or get a flu shot at their local pharmacy. RealEyez embodies not only the technological aspect of a medical IoT device, but also an innovation in self-diagnostic care.