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FuturistU > Tactics > The 18 Megatrends > Module 2 / 7

The Acceleration Megatrends

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Artificial Intelligence
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This module focuses on the Acceleration Pattern of Oppoortunity, which encompasses behavioral megatrends such as AI and Prosumerism. Acceleration is a pattern based in perfection and aspiration; it's about taking one key feature or component of an idea and hyper-focusing on it.

This ties to various consumer motivations, such as wanting to become the best version of oneself, or excitement around the fast pace of technology today. Explore case studies surrounding brands such as IBM, Lululemon, and Amazon.
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Workshop Questions:
1. How are you leveraging technology to provide seamless service?
2. How are you supporting your consumer's desire to create?
3. What could change about your offering to ensure consumers feel proud to purchase from you?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

AI Character
Developers are equipping non-player characters with AI for entertainment
Trend - Companies that develop metaverse experiences have begun adopting machine-learning artificial intelligence systems in order to increase the quality of virtual worlds. Non-player characters are being augmented with AI to increase interactivity, immersion, and entertainment for players.
Workshop Question - How could your company leverage AI to increase consumer retention?
5.9
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Ethical Search
Ethical search engines help consumers streamline conscientious purchases
Trend - As consumers become more conscious of the impact of their purchases, search engines that search for products that are made sustainably, or from brands that align with their personal values, are becoming more popular.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make conscientious shopping easier for its customers?
6.6
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Retail Bot
Retail-based robots now have more social features and functions
Trend - Retail bots are no longer only designed to offer assistance in-store--they're now also dealing with some of the social interactions associated with brick and mortar shopping. These bots are designed to foster good will and do everything from greeting customers to bringing them snacks.
Workshop Question - How is your brand ensuring its customers are engaged throughout the purchase journey?
7.3
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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?
6.4
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Anti-Bias AI
Artificial Intelligence technology integrates neutrality features across industries
Trend - Discussions around the potential bias of AI technology and AI as a catalyst for neutrality across industries such as recruitment and journalism have those in the tech space reinspecting how best to use AI this way. Technology is often regarded as a tool for eliminating human bias.
Workshop Question - Which area of your business could benefit from bias-eliminating AI?
4.1
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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?
3.1
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Megatrends
Seafood Sustainability
Direct-to-consumer seafood deliveries prioritize sustainable practices
Trend - D2C seafood deliveries are increasingly coming from sources that prioritize sustainable and ethical fishing practices that reduce their impact on the environment. These delivery services allow consumers to bypass third-party retailers that may not be transparent about their sourcing.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing transparency to strengthen customers' trust?
4.8
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Activity
Freshness
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Megatrends
Shoppable Room
Brands are utilizing virtual home experiences as a medium for retail
Trend - Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualization of a product in one's space.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize an immersive retail experience for online environments.
6.5
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Alcohol Tech
Technology is being used to enhance alcohol production quality and serving experience
Trend - Alcohol brands are leveraging modern technology and material science to revolutionize their industry. New methods of manufacturing and product experiences are surfacing, allowing for more customized and precise approaches.
Workshop Question - How can your brand use tech to update an industry tradition?
6.8
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Virtual Lab
Virtual innovation labs let consumers test and design products remotely
Trend - Pre-pandemic, brands in a range of industries experimented with innovation labs where they could display and test their most innovative products and ideas with consumers. Now, they're doing the same but virtually--as retailers remain restricted with how they curate in-store experiences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create distinct virtual experiences for customers?
6.2
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