These trends give our future decisive twist
Our numbers are increasing and we are living longer
The united nations estimates that the current world population of 7.7 billion people is set to grow to 10 billion in 2050. This evolution will have an impact on our limited reserves of natural resources. Take fresh water, for example; it is only available in limited quantities, which are moreover steadily diminishing.
Our life expectancy is continuing to increase. And this process is happening quickly: each second, two people in the world reach the age of 60. This requires specific solutions in fields such as healthcare or looking after older people.
More than half the global population live in cities, and this proportion is increasing. We therefore need to look for innovative solutions in areas such as housing, spatial planning, infrastructure, and so on.
Our way of living and working has changed drastically
We are increasingly living and working digitally and online.
Additionally, there is a new generation of consumers, the ‘millennials’, born between 1980 and 2000, who value experience over possession. The success of the sharing economy is an example of this. Their predilection for new technologies and social networks is leading the way.
We are increasingly aware of our impact on the environment and expect companies to come up with sustainable solutions.
Innovative products and services will make the future ours
Technological innovations follow each other in rapid succession. Not just automation and robotisation, but also smart solutions such as artificial intelligence, are taking over the world. We use these innovations on a daily basis, often without being aware of it.
We are on the cusp of a new era. There are already a large number of applications, and the possibilities for the future appear endless.
Did you know that...
… E-commerce has proved to be a great alternative during lockdown
All of us are doing more online shopping. This trend was already visible before the outbreak of covid-19, but the virus has given it an extra boost.
The potential is enormous. The rising trend appears unstoppable. Consumers who had never bought anything online before have discovered the convenience and benefits of online shopping. They have taken the first step, and the door has opened to online shopping in the future.
The success of e-commerce will continue after the crisis is over.