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FuturistU > Tactics > Future of Tech > Module 3 / 4

Phase 2 of Futurism: The Emergence

Instructor: Sean Watson
Digital Engagement
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This module dives into the second phase of Futurism, the Emergence, in which Sean looks at the connection between personalization and technology. How is personal data being used to provide a better quality brand experience? How is it keeping people healthier? Looking at examples from industries such as tourism and healthcare, Sean explores how personal information can be used to improve one's quality of life.

He introduces different ways technology can seem and feel more human, taking on roles in caretaking and service-providing, which ultimately call for a more personal touch.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How can you use technology to enhance personalization opportunities?
2. How can you use personalization to further categorize and archetype your consumer?
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Connected Canes
Brands are offering high-tech walking canes to help seniors "age in place"
Trend - To tackle senior mobility challenges, various "age tech" startups have opted to reinvent one of humankind's first walking aids: the cane. These reimagined canes boast sleek contemporary designs and feature high-tech elements such as built-in sensors, biometric activity trackers, and cell data.
Workshop Question - How could your brand utilize new technology to better support senior demographics?
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Remote Care
Wireless sensing technology is being adopted to deliver non-invasive home care
Trend - As the possible applications of artificial intelligence continue to evolve, new med tech startups are leveraging Wi-Fi sensing technology augmented by AI to provide non-invasive forms of health monitoring to at-home patients. This includes fall detection, activity level monitoring, and abnormal behavior monitoring.
Workshop Question - How is your brand taking advantage of new artificial intelligence technologies?
7.1
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Customized Makeup
Cosmetic brands make customized formulas and tools more accessible
Trend - Some brands are making personalization in beauty more accessible with formulas and tools that can be customized to consumers' color or application preferences. These customizable formulas are easy to access and more affordable than personalized beauty typically allows.
Workshop Question - How could your brand add an element of customization into its product/service?
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Gesture Kiosk
Gesture-controlled interfaces use hand-tracking technology to reduce health risks
Trend - Retail and entertainment industries are opting for gesture-controlled kiosk interfaces to enhance the user experience without contact-related health and safety risks. Hand-tracking technology registers the user's movement to allow touchless screen navigations.
Workshop Question - How will your brand continue to adapt to consumers' pandemic-induced lifestyle changes?
6.2
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Kid-Friendly Adaptation
Toys and products for children are made adaptable to grow with them
Trend - Adaptable products that are able to "grow" or change in function as children grow up are increasingly popular. Products in this space include everything from high chairs with multiple functions to cribs that can turn into desks.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing cost accessibility for its customers?
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Tech Privacy
Mainstream technology brands are prioritizing consumer's data privacy
Trend - Data privacy and control are at the forefront of many people's attention, and technology brands are now catering to consumers' desire for privacy when it comes to their personal information. As a result, these companies are changing their policies and launching new initiatives to help ensure this information is not unknowingly profited from.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better ensure privacy for its customers?
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AI Insured
AI-based insurance tools speed up the process of assessing insurance needs
Trend - AI-based insurance apps and platforms are on the rise as people seek out more convenient ways to buy insurance, and/or receive insurance assessments. These platforms reduce the need for human assessment and aim to offer more fairness and convenience in the process of engaging with insurance companies.
Workshop Question - How is your brand streamlining processes to make things easier for customers?
4.1
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Contactless Airport
Both necessary and recreational processes at airports are becoming contactless
Trend - Contactless airport systems are on the rise as airports around the world continue their heightened safety efforts in light of the ongoing pandemic. These contactless systems are occurring in everything from agent interactions to in-airport food deliveries.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing safety in the long-term amidst the ongoing pandemic?
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Increased Output
Video conferencing platforms are offering more service diversity to consumers
Trend - Brands are optimizing video conferencing platforms and tools to deliver increased effectiveness to users. These new features strengthen the experience by enabling increased and diverse output—from podcasts to digitized minutes.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase the productivity of consumers at home?
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Reversible Design
Sustainable practices are becoming more commonplace for architects and designers
Trend - With sustainability as a top priority, architects and designers are embracing different eco-friendly concepts. "Reversible design" is the architecture of structures that can be easily deconstructed, reused, or where parts can be removed and added easily.
Workshop Question - What sustainable brick-and-mortar practices can your brand employ?
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