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Retail shoppers are seeking recognition from stores—they want a personalized experience.  Whether it is online or at the actual store, 41% shoppers said they would want to be identified through a smartphone when shopping at physical stores. 61% of global customers responded that they wanted online stores to keep track of their purchases and browsing history to make future shopping quick and easy. These responses show how it important it is that retail continues to evolve.


Healthcare is growing and will continue to grow in all aspects of the sector, from jobs to technology. The U.S. healthcare sectors employs about 17 million people and it is just going to grow in employees. In fact, 50,000 jobs will be filled specifically to handle the electronic medical record systems. As is with most parts of society, technology keeps growing in the healthcare market and most practitioners see it as a priority. They believe that the healthcare market should increase its spending when it comes to technology. The numbers speak for themselves and it is no secret that healthcare growth is affecting our country.


Cities are constantly growing in population making up for some mega cities. There are 23 mega cities with populations of over 10 million people. The top three most populated cities are Tokyo, Mumbai, and Mexico City. It is estimated that about 1.5 billion people in the world live in 600 different cities. Also, by 2025, the top five most populated cities in the world will all be in Asia. Africa is expected to have 50% of its population living in cities by 2050. The population is growing and so are the cities.


As marketing continues to grow, advanced technology evolves with it. The future of digital marketing looks more tactical than ever and focuses on the purchase journey of a customer. This purchase journey evolution has many parts which describe how a purchase lifecycle with a customer. The first step is consideration, most customers are influenced online. After comes evaluation of the product with 90% of customers trusting online reviews. After we purchase it, we enjoy it and bond with it allowing customers to leave reviews which is the last step, advocating.


Big data continues to grow across all realms of society but most importantly in healthcare. If big data was used effectively, the US healthcare sector could make $300 billion in savings every year. More importantly, if there was more data being produced on analyzing patients, there would be a 20% decrease in patient mortality. Big data can support research, give us information on how to improve quality, help us help ourselves, support providers, increase awareness on public health issues which helps prevention. It will help everyone out in the future.


Cities must be smarter about their resources because pretty soon, they will reach their limit. Cities produce almost 80% of the world’s carbon emissions and commercial and residential buildings consume 1/3 of the world’s energy. This means that cities around the world are polluting more than they should. The urban population is constantly growing and moving to cities which means double the cars, more energy, and more water lost. The numbers say it all and something must change in cities.


The future of retail is making everything easier for the customer. Technology is taking over and changing the way we shop. Online shopping is becoming more and more common for consumers. In fact, 62% of consumers say that they shop online at least once a month and 17% of consumers buy at least 1-2 times a week. Online shopping has revolutionized the way we shop forever.


The future of medicine involves both healthcare professionals and patients working together to achieve healthier outcomes. Preparation, prevention, data inputs and diagnostics along with therapy and follow up all form part of the different areas where medicine is developing and being worked on. There are already various procedures in place to achieve more positive as well as many that are still in progress or still need time


In 1999, the term “Internet of Things” was coined by MIT employee Kevin Ashton. Following the establishment of this term, wireless sensors connected via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices began to appear everywhere around us. With this groundbreaking innovation, endless possibilities to improve life have presented themselves, almost completely dwarfing the internet of people. With programs such as SmartThings, Curie and HomeKit, homeowners can prevent damage to their households, keep a closer eye on their children and more effectively monitor appliances. While the internet of things offers countless benefits, with more data, there are consequentially more issues. Through self-functioning technologies, personal information can be more easily obtained and transferred by hackers, and sensors in doors and windows allow invaders to identify if a house is empty. The internet of things is revolutionary. But is it worth the risk?


In order to create smarter cities, we should use big data to explore options. For city planning, if we optimized public infrastructure we could have savings of up to $1 trillion. People all over the world drive 30 billion miles every year and that number will increase significantly by 2050. If we were to explore transportation analytics, traffic delays would not be a problem. Water is also a problem because tons of it is lost every year because of leaks. Managing water can also lead to smarter cities


How interested would you be in wearing a device that can sense your body temperature, glucose levels or heartbeat? Better yet, what if this device wasn’t only smart, but also stylish? The future of wearable technology, such as fitness and health bands, is now expanding past accessories to include products such as clothing, shoes and even contact lenses. With new sensors that will be able to detect biometric information, embedded, wearable products are gaining attention at a fast pace. Starting with glasses and watches, “wearables” that have now been proven to be cheaper to make than smartphones and laptops have been given a stronger emphasis on aesthetics, leading more manufacturers to adopt the concept to drive higher rates of consumer interest.


In the future, mobile health will allow for early detection of diseases through continuous data collection and instant reporting. Technology in clothes will create smart fibers so a patient’s clothing could sense a rash or skin problem. Even technology in contact lenses will allow healthcare providers to identify early symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.


To live in a smart world, there are many things that have to be taken care of. Safety and health are two huge concerns for most people. Air pollution should be controlled, there should be forest fire detection, and control waste management. Offspring care, structural health, and water quality are things that should always be taken into account. Smart roads, smart parking, traffic congestion, and smart lighting will make driving easier with detectors and monitoring. Things such as noise urban maps, smart shopping, and smartphones detection will allow for an easier lifestyle.


With our phones at our convenience at all times, it is a given that we will most likely use it to shop online and for retail purposes. A survey was done that asked consumers what they expect from the mobile future for retail. 92% believed they should be alerted when stores are having sales, have a notification of some sort. 96% of the respondents believed it was important to have a virtual loyalty card to use when purchasing. Shoppers also wanted automation, for the system to be smart and make automated buying decisions and make one-click purchases. Also, they believed in self-tracking such as approving child purchase attempts and thought discovery was necessary, with 82% of people wanting the technology to find items from similar brands they like.

envisioning-the-future-of-healthThere are a multitude of technologies that are changing healthcare for the better. These changes range in six different categories including augmentation, regeneration, treatments, biogerontology, telemedicine, and diagnostics. These broad areas cover subjects such as technological replacement for senses, synthetic grow to order organics, advancing understanding of aging, data-driven procedures and more. This technology will benefit both practitioners and patients alike


A smart city requires many actions and indicators. It starts with smart people, economy, environment, government, living, and mobility. Then it gets into more details. Smart people should embrace creativity, be inclusive in society and have a 21st century education. For a smart economy, you need productivity, entrepreneurship, and have both local and global connectedness. Green buildings, being energy efficient, and green urban planning will make for a smart city. The government has to be smart by being transparent and we have to live smart by staying healthy, safe, and happy of course. Finally, we can’t forget to give priority to non-motorized options and have mixed-model access.


One would think that wireless, smart devices are in your home or phone. Actually, most of the smart devices are found in major industries like manufacturers, health care centers, and retail centers. It is estimated that in only 10 years, 2025, the worth of these smart devices will be anywhere from $6.2 trillion. That’s a lot of devices! But where are they going? They are being used for real-time analytics for supply chain management, for pharmaceutical safeguards, to track inventory, for security purposes, and for transportation such as GPS and self-parking cars.

5 ideas

Stores are going wireless and there are some very simple ideas that can take your retail store to the next level. The first idea is to provide an online in-store service, allowing for various browsing services. 73% of people would prefer a virtual interface as they shop. Also, if you could check out anywhere in the store, it would be more efficient. Wireless retail stores allow for better relationships because some shoppers know more than the employees. In-store educational entertainment could be a game changer because you are providing customers with an innovative educational experience. Finally, hosting social events whether they are just for the customers or also involve staff make for a better in-store environment and connect everybody socially, which is something extremely crucial in retail.


For more than 20 years, 3D printing technology has been providing life-changing results. Hearing aids, prosthetic jaws, windpipes and limb prostheses are just a few examples of what 3D printing can create. 3D printing could become revolutionary to organ donation, which would be extremely beneficial to patients waiting for an acceptable donor.

Technology in Healthcare on the Rise

Technology is everywhere and used by everyone, especially doctors. Doctors are actually 250% more likely to own a tablet than other consumers, they love them! Personal isn’t the only type of purpose doctors use tablets for because 66% of doctors use tablets for medical purposes. More than half of doctors who use mobile devices believe they make decision making easier and faster. And finally, only 40% say that mobile devices disrupt their work time.

Connected Cars in the year 2020

Technology grows everywhere, even in our cars. It is estimated that by 2020, 90% of cars will be connected. In 2012, only 10% of cars were connected to the internet but that number is said to increase by 2020. Connected vehicles can provide entertainment, sync productivity, charge your electric car, manage traffic, and direct you to open parking spots. It is estimated that there are 22 billion sensors in the automobile industry and by 2020, there will be more than 200 sensors per car. The future is coming to our cars.

Vito Di Bari Smart companies know the optimal time to jump into new areas of innovation, says Vito Di Bari — “when nothing appears to be happening.”

Most major technology innovations hit the headlines decades before they can actually be exploited. As a result, companies struggle to understand how such changes — the world wide web, mobile apps, the Internet of Things, Big Data and so on — will impact of their industry, and when they need to invest to safeguard their prosperity. Read more: http://bit.ly/1yxTnYe

Allen Morris

W. Allen Morris is a great visionarie and entrepreneur, officer and director of more than thirty-five different real estate-related companies, president of three charitable foundations. And a friend. In occasion of the recognition as Business Leader of the Year, Allen has shared his vision, a vision that I totally agree and should become the goal of the businessmen of the future. Let me share it with you, coming directly from him.


Why CIOs will be the leaders of the new industrial age

As all companies become increasingly digitally driven, CIOs are going to take up more powerful roles within executive management teams, even becoming the obvious choice for the CEO’s chair. That’s the prediction of innovation designer and futurist Vito Di Bari.

Read more... http://www.i-cio.com/big-thinkers/vito-di-bari/item/why-cios-will-be-the-leaders-of-the-new-industrial-age

Big Thinkers 2014   Technology and business experts — from UBS CIO Oliver Bussmann to innovation designer Vito Di Bari — outline the drivers of the new industrial age. “We are just in the early stages of the digital revolution — the second machine age. The technologies are here and we are only beginning to understand what the implications are.” Read more http://bit.ly/1Hp9fQ6

People are now at the center of technology innovation, argues innovation designer Vito Di Bari — at long last. Vito Di Bari Internet of Things

In recent years, under the growing influence of the consumerization of IT, customer experience and design have become primary considerations for most business technologists. That is evident in numerous (but by no means all) business areas — from compelling mobile banking apps and online retail sites to powerful enterprise social networking and data visualization tools. Read more...http://reshaping-ict.ft.com/innovation/vito-di-bari-the-economic-renaissance-led-by-the-internet-of-things/#.VGYO6vmG-So

Dickson Despommier, a professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Microbiology at Columbia University, developed the idea of vertical farming with some of his graduate students. The goal is to grow crops and raise animals in skyscrapers in city centers. In this green skyscraper it would be possible to cultivate agricultural products within a city for all of its own inhabitants.
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