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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > Ability to Change > Module 6 / 7

Linear Thinking

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
In this module, Jeremy introduces the the concept of linear thinking and its impact on our ability to accurately predict and plan for the future. Unfortunately, our human brains are not designed for our exponentially evolving world. We understand that our world is changing, but we assume the next interval of change will be similar to the last. We have a very difficult time understanding the compounding impact of change.

This module also touches on the pace of change and how it continues to accelerate with each passing year. Throughout the module, you'll discover examples that showcase this acceleration and you'll also learn tactics on how you can better position yourself and your business to stay ahead of competitors.
Workshop Questions:
1. Realizing how much has changed, in so many categories, how much has changed in your world?
2. Create a list of a dozen far-future innovations in your industry and simulate how you would react if your competitor surprised you by releasing those innovations.
3. What can you do now to set yourself up for success during the next interval of change?
Jeremy Gutsche Keynote Speaker

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Daily Automation
Advanced robots are being used to automate simple to complex tasks
Trend - Robotics companies are launching advanced robots capable of automating tasks in the workplace and the home. These robots have dexterous limbs, precision accuracy, and reliable problem-solving skills. Businesses are using these to automate simple and menial to complex jobs in the workplace.
Workshop Question - How could your brand benefit from access to advanced robotic workers?
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AI Training
Workplaces are using generative AI to train and improve employee efficiency
Trend - Workplaces are using generative artificial intelligence to craft training modules, provide feedback, and improve overall onboarding experiences for employees. These AI models deliver accurate feedback more quickly than human workers, saving companies time and money on onboarding.
Workshop Question - How could your brand implement generative AI training processes to improve its overall workplace efficiency?
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Planned Microcation
Modern consumers are taking microcations to save time and money
Trend - Travel agencies are offering 'microcation' packages that include short-duration, event-packed getaways. These vacation are more affordable and are easier to plan than vacations, making them fit for customers of all ages. Microcations can also be taken in quick succession for versatility.
Workshop Question - How could your brand adjust its products or services knowing that the modern consumer takes less vacation time each year?
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Neurodiverse Workplace
Companies are launching initiatives designed for neurodiverse workforces
Trend - Corporations are launching DEI programs and initiatives designed to support the careers and lives of neurodiverse employees. These programs ensure equality in hiring patterns, resource access, and worker compensation. These benefit businesses by improving employee satisfaction and retention.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its DEI programs and initiatives make all potential employees feel welcome and supported?
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Custom Chatbot
Brands are launching services that enable fast creation of personalized chatbots
Trend - Businesses offer tools enabling clients to build fully-functional chatbots quickly. These bots are trained on custom datasets, making them suitable for internal, consumer-facing, or consulting purposes. Businesses across numerous industries can benefit from personalized low-cost chatbots.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage personalized chatbot technology to enhance customer service or streamline workflow?
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AI Operations
Companies are leveraging AI platforms to optimize production and reduce waste
Trend - Companies in the production, retail, and logistics spaces are looking to artificial intelligence (AI) models to reduce emissions. The AI models help optimize production, cut-out excess waste, better manage inventory, and improve overall sustainability using predictive and analytical models.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage AI models to optimize production and improve overall sustainability in response to increased pressure to reduce emissions?
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Decentralized Social
Developers are launching decentralized content platforms
Trend - Independent developers are using shared protocols to create decentralized content aggregator platforms. Companies do not own or moderate these platforms, which offers better privacy than large alternatives. Many of these platforms communicate with one another to form the 'Fediverse.'
Workshop Question - How could your brand adapt to, decentralized social media platforms to better reach modern consumers?
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AI Journal
New services are using AI to offer advice on individual's daily lives
Trend - Brands in the artificial intelligence space are launching journaling apps backed by generative AI. These services can help journalers identify patterns in their lives while receiving advice from AI. The AI provides insight into emotional states that otherwise may not have been identified.
Workshop Question - How could your brand incorporate generative AI technology to offer more personalization in services or products for customers?
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Automated Chef
Brands are releasing AI-powered cooking devices for the home kitchen
Trend - Just a few years after AI-powered chefs debuted in numerous restaurant pilots, brands are now adapting this technology to the home kitchen. These cooking devices help ensure consistency in cooking while making the process more efficient due to their advanced AI.
Workshop Question - How could your brand repurpose industrial AI tools for the benefit of the home consumer?
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Electrostatic Disinfection
Advanced home sanitation products provide long-term disinfection
Trend - While many consumers are familiar with traditional forms of sanitation, such as alcohol-based cleaning products, the pandemic caused more people to get familiar with contactless, electrostatic sprayers for disinfection. These are advanced tools that create barriers against harmful bacteria
Workshop Question - How can your brand address the increased importance of home sanitation in the post-pandemic world, while also keeping cost and time investment in mind?
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