Welcome to the latest issue of FutureScape – the newsletter of Fast Future Research.

In this issue we cover the following topics:

1.    Launch of Interim Findings of Fast Future Study on emerging technology impacts on the Legal Sector

2.    Radical Abundance – Could a Revolution in Nanotechnology Change Civilization?

3.    Transforming Education – Apps for Good – a Platform for Innovation

4.    Technological Magic 1 – The Future of Google Glass

5.    Technological Magic 2 – Second part Interview with Russian Entrepreneur and life Extension Pioneer Dmitry Itskov – founder of the 2045 initiative and congress.

6.    Event Announcements

7.    Reader Offer – 75% Discount on Read Smartly Executive Summaries of Latest Best Selling Business Books ($25 for a 1 year subscription worth $100)

8.    Rohit on The Road

9.    Fast Future Keynote Speaking Portfolio

As a reminder, we are running a free briefing on our 100 Drivers of Change study in London on June 6th. We also have a workshop on Human Enhancement, Technology of the Future and the Future of Technology in London on June 7th   (50% discount for our readers.) Finally we can offer our readers a 20.45% discount on the Global Futures 2045 conference in New York City and a competition to win a free place at the event. For details on how to book a place any of these events, see the Event Announcement section below.

Please feel free to forward the newsletter to your contacts and networks. As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions for future topics.

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1.   Launch of Interim Findings of Fast Future Study on emerging technology impacts on the Legal Sector for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)

We are pleased to announce that the release of the results of the first phase of our study on the impact of emerging technologies on the legal sector over the next decade – commissioned by ILTA. Further details can be found here:

Project Overview: http://www.iltanet.org/MainMenuCategory/Future-Horizons

Summary Report: http://www.iltanet.org/Downloads/LTFH-IR-APR.pdf

Full Press release: http://www.iltanet.org/Downloads/ILTA-LTFH-PressRelease.pdf

We are running a free project workshop in New York on June 14th 12.00 – 13.30 – for details and event registration, please visit http://www.iltanet.org/MainMenuCategory/Meetings/RegionalEvents/REG-NYC-061413-1621023.html

2.   Radical Abundance – Could a Revolution in Nanotechnology Change Civilization?

We recently attended a fascinating London Futurists presentation by Eric Drexler on his new book – Radical Abundance – How a Revolution in Nanotechnology will Change Civilization. In what he described as a banquet of indigestible truths, the originator of the term Nanotechnology explained how he thought the term had been hijacked to mean very small things. He argued that the initial hype had led funders to focus their research investments on narrower domains of materials science rather than exploring the true potential of engineering at the molecular level. Drexler believes that such a focus on atomically precise manufacturing (APM) could yield massive low cost, zero carbon and clean advances in domains as diverse as ultra-efficient vehicles, energy production, physical infrastructure, computers and consumer products. A video of the presentation can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z44HWIzDhQw

Book site http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/display?book=9781610391139

3.   Transforming Education – Apps for Good – a Platform for Innovation

One of the areas we have been interested in for some time is the long term future of education and how we can transform systems around the world to equip children and adults for a changing world. One of the initiatives that has impressed us most is Apps for Good http://www.appsforgood.org/Apps for Good is an education initiative that enables young people from 11 to 18 years old to develop their digital skills and knowledge, and create exciting new apps for mobile phones, tablets and social media platforms. Fast Future has just started discussions with Apps for Good around how they can scale up their initiative and platforms to serve a much larger audience and cover a wider range of educational topics.

The goal of this not for profit initiative is to offer an open-source technology education movement which partners with formal and informal education organisations to train educators to deliver courses to young people that teach them about technology, problem solving and entrepreneurship through the medium of learning how to write apps. The courses cover all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, feasibility and deciding on business models to product design and marketing. Young people work together as teams to find real issues they want to tackle and how best to solve them through apps. Through this, they unlock and explore their talents, passions and skills.

Launched in March 2010, Apps for Good worked with 97 schools, 6,200 students and 150 experts. For the 2013/2014 academic year this will grow to 400 schools and 20,000 students supported by 800 educators and 400 experts. The goal is to increase this to 50,000 students in 1,000 schools for 2014 / 2015.  They are running an Awards event on June 11th in London. The free morning programme of talks is open to anyone who wants to attend. http://www.appsforgood.org/public/expert-talks

As a not for profit organisation, they are always looking for support and assistance. They are currently looking for schools and experts who want to be part of their programme and for people to support current and future events through provision of skills, services and sponsorship in areas such as event filming and photography, printing, WiFi provision, catering and accommodation for the student finalists. If you can help please contact Heather Picov heather.picov@appsforgood.org

4.   Technological Magic 1 – The Future of Google Glass

Our readers will no doubt have seen the recent launch of Google’s Project Glass augmented reality glasses. You may also have seen that the company has responded quickly to invasion of privacy concerns over using the device for facial recognition. “The company declares it won’t approve facial recognition in software for its high-tech specs “at this time” — saying strong privacy protections will need to be in place first.” http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57587181-1/google-nixes-facial-recognition-in-glass-for-now/

Whilst this is a temporary measure, as these examples of wearable augmented reality technology proliferate, the question is whether market forces will drive vendors to allow facial recognition applications or if governments will try to legislate on the issue. A good example of the potential of such technology can be found here: http://mashable.com/2013/05/14/uture-of-google-glass/

Our thanks to colleague Lloyd Walker (lloyd@precurve.org) for sharing these links via the Association of Professional Futurists discussion list (www.profuturist.org).

5.   Technological Magic 2 – Second part Interview with Russian Entrepreneur and life Extension Pioneer Dmitry Itskov – founder of the 2045 initiative and congress.

This is the second part of the interview with the founder of one of the most ambitious, challenging and potentially life-redefining projects on the planet today.  In the first part of the interview published on May 9th, Dmitry explained that the main science megaproject of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of an individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality. This Avatar Project is a four stage research programme aimed at delivering the following:

Avatar A — An anthropomorphic robot controlled through a brain-computer interface (BCI). These high-fidelity humanoid robots will be remotely-controlled by a state-of-the-art brain-computer interface (BCI). The goal is to make these sophisticated avatars affordable for all by 2020.

Avatar B — A system for maintaining the vital functions of the brain. When your original body wears out, your brain would be transplanted to a prosthetic body that will be at least as good—and probably even better—than your original body. The goal is to achieve this by 2020 and introduce a commercial product by 2025.

Avatar C — An artificial carrier for one’s personality and consciousness. This would be an avatar with an artificial brain. This non-biological brain would contain the mind and consciousness of an originally biological human mind. The programme’s researchers believe this could be achieved by 2035.

Avatar D — A body of light similar to a hologram. The evolution of the human body from a biological, material state to a state of energy, resulting in an energy-based ‘radiant humanity’ embodiment. This avatar will be able to manifest itself anywhere in the physical world in holographic form. They expect to achieve this level of avatar technology by 2045 or earlier.

Is transplanting a brain to a humanoid robot perceived as humane and acceptable, or could it be seen as ghoulish?

Is transplanting a heart, a face, a liver, or a kidney from a deceased human being to a different living human being ghoulish? Maybe, but still our doctors do it all the time… to save and enhance human lives. Transplantations have been a very well established part of medical science for a long time now. They are very commonplace. Few people know this, but the medical science of transplanting heads and brains is relatively old. Its origins date back as to the 1950s. Research into head and brain transplantations (“transplantology”) is already an ‘old’ science.

Major historic milestones in head and brain transplantation neurosurgery include the results of the successful head-transplantation experiments (with monkey-heads) by acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr. Robert J, White in the 1960s; and the earlier (Russian) work in the 1950s with the transplantation of the heads of dogs by Professor A. G. Konevskiy (of the Operative Surgery and Topographical Anatomy Department of Volgograd State Medical University) and especially by Dr. Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov. You can find multiple videos on You Tube showing their pioneering work with monkey heads and dog heads. (Another body of work that can be mentioned includes research into an isolated brain, also known as ‘brain-in-a-vat’. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolated_brain) In summary, while this concept may today be uncomfortable to some people, it builds on a long tradition of medical scientific research around the world and it may one day save you from dying. We are very confident this will soon be seen by all as a wonderful, life-saving benefit to all of mankind.

When you copy a mind to a computer (machine-brain interface), does it just produce a copy of the original? Is the original person lost or dead? Is this “real immortality”?

I must stress, we do not simply want to copy the information of the brain and record it on to another carrier. We intend to develop technologies to transfer the human personality to an artificial body, an avatar. To transferit, not to copy it. It is likely that creating artificial copies of our brain and mind will not be sufficient for the transfer of our ‘I’ to another carrier. In order to solve this problem a new ‘ingredient’, so to say, will likely be needed.

We want to replace the biological brain with an artificial system that is more durable and extendable. This is something that has to be accomplished carefully and thoughtfully to be anything other than an expensive form of suicide that happens to leave behind a copy of the original you. Acceptable means include slowly replacing neurons one by one with nanomachinery that replicates their function and data storage whilst interfacing with the remaining brain tissue. With such an approach it is the original person who becomes cybernetically immortal.

So our plan is much more than just being able to make executable back-ups or mind back-ups that can ‘run’ on their own. Like the ancient Greek philosophical paradox of the Ship of Theseus, we intend use advanced forms of nanotechnology to very carefully and very gradually (over a period of months or maybe years) replace each element of a human brain with an equal or better-performing neural prosthesis / replacement part. So there is no sudden ‘copying’ after ‘death’. After the original mind has been gradually transferred to a different substrate, we will probably gain the additional capability of making full back-ups which would be very useful for reasons of security and safety of the mind and memories of a person.

Is Avatar D, a ‘Hologram Avatar’, a realistic science and technology project? Some might say that it sounds more like science fiction or ‘new age spiritualist magic’ than hard science or tangible technology?

I think that an ultimate transition from a material state to a holographic body is possible. As proposed by the great Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, this would be an energy-based ‘radiant humanity’. To realize the goals of the 2045 Initiative and transform our civilization into this ‘radiant humanity’, will take time. So we have created a concept for the consistent development of avatar technologies: from robots controlled by a brain-computer interface (BCI) to technologies for transferring one’s personal identity (which is currently understood to be comprised of many parts including one’s consciousness, memories, characteristics, personally unique subconscious processes, etc.) to an artificial carrier and creating holographic bodies.

I naturally understand that today the holographic avatar represents a major leap of faith. Consider however that many technologies which we find unremarkable today would be perceived as unbelievably fantastic magic to our ancestors living as little as 100 years ago. Technically speaking, it is important to note that a number of scientists of world renown, including the mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, hold the view that consciousness may be quantum in nature. If this is the case, then this would imply that it may be embodied on or in a quantum-computing carrier.

Beyond the nuts and bolts engineering challenges of Avatar D, I should say that I quite agree with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the great science-fiction author, when he famously said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” He also said: “Every revolutionary idea evokes three stages of reaction: 1- It’s completely impossible. 2- It’s possible, but it’s not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along.” (In the same vein, Mahatma Gandhi said: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.“) We are already surrounded every day by technological ‘magic’. Besides we are already used to the ‘magic’ of a virtual reality avatar for ourselves in online virtual worlds like Second Life. I am very confident that my vision for a holographic avatar is essentially right and I am dedicating my life and my resources to realizing this vision.

Many may find your activities objectionable and unethical, how will you deal with these concerns?

Revolutionary ideas always have their detractors. We naturally expect and anticipate dissenting protests from certain corners. This is nothing new. As to how to deal with it, we find guidance in the following insight. I quote: “There is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things in any state. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who derived advantages from the old order of things, whilst those who expect to be benefited by the new institutions will be but lukewarm defenders. This indifference arises in part from fear of their adversaries who were favoured by the existing order, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in anything new until they have had a long experience of them. Hence it is that, whenever the opponents of the new order of things have the opportunity to attack it, they will do it with the zeal of partisans, whilst the others defend it but feebly, so that it is dangerous to rely upon the latter. So both the innovator and his friends come to grief.” Any idea who this wonderfully insightful piece of wisdom is from? It’s from The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli.

Wouldn’t these avatars only be affordable by the rich and powerful and thus undemocratic?

Immortality will be democratized or it will not become a reality. People would not allow it and would rightfully protest and revolt. So immortality needs to be democratized right from the start… and this is exactly what we intend to do. Our plan foresees that we offer the different types of avatars at affordable consumer prices right from the first consumer model. That will be very difficult to achieve, but it is imperative that we succeed at this part too. Let me mention as a current reference point that Prof. Hiroshi’s high-fidelity individually hand-made Geminoid robots today cost about $300K per avatar. If you would mass-produce the Geminoid robots today the price per avatar would already be similar to that of a medium-priced car.

Your Avatar A is identical to the US DARPA military project of the same name. Will you sell your technology to other governments?

Our goal is to save lives and avoid or prevent biological death. That is what we are interested in, first and foremost. DARPA’s Project Avatar has the same goal in the sense that they want to prevent human soldiers from catching bullets and dying on a battlefield by replacing them with a remote-controlled avatar. We think that this, by itself, is a great goal. From a technological and scientific point of view, the DARPA project is a great externalvalidation of our own project. Military R&D and DARPA in particular has produced many great technological innovations in the past, including the Internet. Importantly however, our Avatar Project is a completely civilianproject as well as an international or transnational project. We are in favor of scientific and technological collaboration with multi-national military R&D institutes and projects, as long as everything we do remains completely available for civilian use.

Do you believe you can achieve your goals in such a short time span? 2045 is little more than 30 years away?

Where there is a will, there is a way. Our scientists and engineers and I think we can probably do it faster than this. Some parts can certainly be done faster. As always it will be a question of resources. For this reason we seek a global social mandate. We want to establish and publicize that there exists a humanity-wide mass demand for the benefits of these technologies. Based on this social mandate, we intend to ask governments around the world to prioritize this research and to heavily invest public funds to develop (major parts of) this technology. With the groundswell effect of such a public mandate, we can achieve the project’s milestones faster than we describe in our plan.

Why have you gone for such an extremely ambitious project?

Because fortune favors the bold and because boldness has extremely attractive genius, power and magic in it. Let me answer you further with one of my favorite quotes from W.H. Murray: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Now.” (From W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951 and Goethe inFaust, 214-30.)

Could your project exacerbate the problem of future overpopulation?

The perceived threat of overpopulation is a false problem. Apart from the fact that there will obviously not be any lack of geographical living space on Earth any time soon, it is primarily an issue of proper food distribution. Global annual food production is enough to adequately feed more than everyone on our planet, and will remain sufficient even when we reach the Earth’s population maximum. Instead of aggravating any overpopulation threat, the Avatar Project will actually bring relief because humans who have replaced their bodies with avatars will no longer compete with other humans for food to sustain a biological body. Avatars will also make it much easier for many people to emigrate to space, thereby reducing competitive pressures on resources on Earth.

Intrigued, inspired, horrified? Whatever your reactions please share them with us.

For more information on the 2045 initiative and the Avatar Project go to http://www.2045.com

6.   Event Announcements

Free Seminar: 100 Drivers of Change for the Next Decade led by Rohit Talwar
Venue: Museum of London June 6th 2013 13.30-15.30 (Registration at 13.00)

To reserve a place contact employerrelationsadviser@accaglobal.com or call +44 (0)20 7059 5812

Rohit Talwar will be delivering a presentation and facilitating a panel discussion on the findings of our recent ACCA study on 100 Drivers of Change for Business and the Accountancy Profession. The topics to be explored will include:

·         Transformational forces shaping business in the decade ahead

·         Leveraging technology and the next generation of the internet effectively

·         Shortening and accelerating business cycles

·         Evolution of globalisation and the resulting talent challenge.

The session and this will be open to anyone who is interested in attending. To reserve your place on this session please contact employerrelationsadviser@accaglobal.com or call +44 (0)20 7059 5812.

There is no charge for attending the  session.

If you are interested in organising a similar session for your organisation please contact rohit@fastfuture.com

Copies of the report can be found here:

5 minute summary: http://www.slideshare.net/fastrohit/fast-future-report-for-acca-on-100-drivers-of-change-5-minutes-executive-summary

Full report: http://www.slideshare.net/fastrohit/fast-future-report-for-acca-on-100-drivers-of-change-for-business-full-report

Descriptions of the 100 drivers: http://www.slideshare.net/fastrohit/acca-drivers-of-change-appendix-100-drivers

London Futurists Evening Seminar – ‘The future is not what it used to be’ – with José Luis Cordeiro – June 6th 19.00 – 21.00 – Birkbeck College London – Cost £4 in advance/ £5 on the door http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/118133392/?a=co1.1_grp&rv=co1.1

Workshop on Human Enhancement, the Future of Technology and the Technology of the Future – 50% Discount for Futurescape readers

09.00 – 17.00 June 7th 2013

Venue ACCA, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

Price £95 including VAT, lunch and refreshments (£47.50 for Futurescape readers)

What are the critical science and technology developments that could shape the next two decades and beyond?
How are advances in science and technology driving the possibility of human enhancement and 
augmentation?

How far could human capabilities be extended?

What are the societal implications of widespread adoption of human enhancement techniques?

Eminent futurist José Luis Cordeiro (http://www.cordeiro.org/) will be in London and we are taking advantage of the opportunity to explore his latest thinking. We will be running a joint workshop with José to consider how a range of emerging science and technology developments could shape the future and drive human enhancement.

José is a fantastic speaker and one of the leading authorities on emerging technology, human enhancement and the singularity. He lectures on these themes around the world and is on the faculty of Singularity University (http://www.singularityu.org/). The workshop is priced at £95 including VAT to encourage participation of people from as wide a range of perspectives and backgrounds as possible. The workshop fee includes a light breakfast and lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.

We have reached our target minimum attendance numbers and so can offer our readers a special all inclusive rate of £47.50 (a 50% discount on the attendance fee). For further details on the topics to be explored and to book your place, please visit:  http://fastfuture.eventbrite.co.uk/

To claim the discount, select ‘Workshop Attendee’ as the registration type and then enter the promotional codeFuturescape

Please share the details with colleagues and network contacts who you think might be interested in attending.

Reader Discount and Free Entry Competition – Global Futures 2045 – International Congress – Lincoln Center, New York City – June 15th-16th 2013 www.gf2045.com

The GF2045 congress is…premised on the notion that the world stands on the brink of global change. In order for civilization to move to a higher stage of development, humanity vitally needs a scientific revolution and significant spiritual changes that will be inseparably linked, supporting and supplementing each other.” The speakers are a genuinely impressive array of visionaries and world-class practitioners in science, technology and ethics will join educators, futurists, philosophers and spiritual leaders to explore a number of critical themes.

Key topics to be addressed will include Project Avatar, Android robotics, Anthropomorphic telepresence, Neuroscience, Mind theory, Neuroengineering, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neuroprosthetics, Neurotransplantation, Long-range forecasting, Future evolution strategy, Evolutionary transhumanism, Ethics, Bionic prostheses, Cybernetic life-extension, Mid-century Singularity, Neo-humanity, Meta-intelligence, Cybernetic immortality, Consciousness, Spiritual development, Science and Spirituality. The world’s most lifelike robot is to be unveiled at the event. Further down this newsletter you can see an interview with Dmitry Itskov – founder of the GF2045 initiative and event.

The organisers have kindly extended a special discount of 20.45% to our readers who wish to attend the event –giving a new General Admission price of $596 instead of $750. The discount offer is valid until midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday June 14th. To claim the discount register here

https://www.thinkreg.com/coral/register.do?formId=NF1C3MU86KR6 and enter discount code 45WDFF1

We also have one complimentary place to give away via a competition. To enter, we would like people to submit short thought pieces addressing the theme of 2045 – exploring one or more of the topics being addressed by the event. The articles should be 200-500 words in length. We will publish all of the submissions received in our FutureScape newsletter (subject to the usual conditions about respect of copyright, coherence, decency etc.) – with full accreditation and contact details for the author. One of the articles will be chosen at random to receive the complimentary place. You will have to cover your own accommodation and travel costs.

Send your entries to rohit@fastfuture.com by June7th and we will notify the winner on June 8th.

If you are unable to attend but would like a briefing for your organisation on the key ideas, themes and issues arising from the event please contact Rohit@fastfuture.com

London Futurists Seminar – ‘2045: Conscious avatars or wishful thinking?’ – June 22nd 14.00-16.00 – Birkbeck College London – Cost £4 in advance/ £5 on the door http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/events/117117642/

Reader Discount – World Future Studies Federation (WFSF) Conference – Global Research and Social Innovation – Transforming Futures – Bucharest, Romania – June 26th-28th 2013 www.wfsfconference.org

This conference will explore a range of futures themes including education, learning and childcare, economics & alternative currencies. culture & society, consciousness & the arts, health & wellbeing, mental health & active aging, youth, activism & social entrepreneurship, health of ecosystems & sustainable futures, social media & human-centred technologies, slow living & voluntary simplicity, leadership, governance & geopolitics and complex, integrative and holistic futures.

The organisers have kindly offered our readers a discount – enabling non-WFSF members to attend at the member rate of 300 Euros against a non-member rate of 350 Euros. To express interest in attending and claim the reduced rate for attendance please email the conference director Rakesh Kapoor.

7.   Reader Offer – 75% Discount on Read Smartly Executive Summaries of Latest Best Selling Business Books ($25 for a 1 year subscription worth $100)

One of our readers has kindly offered our readers a 75% discount on a new weekly magazine dedicated to delivering summaries of top business books to busy managers and aspiring entrepreneurs and executives.  For details and a free sample visit Read Smartly http://readsmartly.com/ . To take advantage of the 75% enter discount code Charles75

8.    Rohit on the Road

In the next few months Rohit will be delivering speeches in Bangkok, Denver, Dubrovnik, Las Vegas, Leeds,  London, Oman, Oslo, Stockholm, Sydney, and Vilnius. Topics to be covered include human enhancement, the shadow economy, the future of professional services, the future of HR, transformational forces in business, global drivers of change, how smart businesses create the future, the future technology timeline, the future of travel and tourism, the future of airlines and airports and the future of education. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Rohit in one of these cities or are interested in arranging a presentation or workshop for your organisation, please contact rohit@fastfuture.com

9.    Fast Future Keynote Speaking Portfolio

Readers often ask about the themes we are being asked to address most frequently, the six most commonly requested topics are summarised below – in many cases clients ask us to combine two or more of the concepts as part of a speech or workshop:

From Muscle to Magic – A strategic approach to developing future strategy, drawing on practical case examples of how smart companies are using foresight to respond to emerging drivers of change and creating their own futures.

Emerging Market Strategies – A case study driven examination of how countries, cities and industry sectors can drive sustainable long-term development. Covering sectors such as ICT, financial services, education, transport, airports, white goods, industrial materials, retail, tourism and professional services. Delivered in countries as diverse as Chile, Estonia, Finland Holland, India, Lithuania, Nigeria, Norway, the UAE, UK, USA and Turkey.

Humanity 2.0 – Human Enhancement – An exploration of the range of applications and potential impact of human enhancement, an overview of the current state of enhancement science and how it might evolve. Discussion of the human, legal, moral, ethical, social and commercial implications, choices and challenges presented by the potential for significant augmentation of human capability.

The Shadow Economy – Exploring the potential scale of the informal economy, how it might evolve over the next 20 years, impact on government, business and society, the implications for critical sectors and practical strategies for addressing and accommodating the informal sector.

Tomorrow’s Business Models – Introducing a range of emerging and evolving models being adopted to fund corporate assets, finance innovation and charge for goods and services. Highlighting new business model ideas for particular sectors and outlining practical approaches for developing tomorrow’s business models in a fast changing market environment.

The Future of Professional Services – Drawing on a major global research survey to examine how international professional services firms are responding to global change and industry evolution through strategic, structural, technological and cultural transformations.

If you’d like to know more about any of these topics please contact Rohit@fastfuture.com