If you’re not actively exploring what’s happening at the edges, you risk becoming aware of new threats to your current business model only when it’s already too late to catch the new wave of opportunity.
Biotechnologies are set to transform not only healthcare but the value chains of companies in virtually every sector. They will determine what we eat, put on our skin, wear, how we build our physical infrastructure and power our every activity. Incumbents should brace for for the new generation of bio-native start-ups.
In a world characterised by complexity and exponential change, it is incumbent on leaders to interrogate and anticipate the nature and risks of the wave of new technologies ushering in the fourth industrial revolution, and to consider the role their organisations play in harnessing their potential for the benefit of our resource-constrained planet and societies.
In a digital, globalised world, with all the concomitant concerns of authenticity, biosecurity, financial security and money laundering, blockchain technologies are set to enable rapid, cost effective identity management, asset tracking, compliance and certainty of transaction completion.
3D printing is ushering in a new atomic model for physical objects and a new era of pan-industrial competition. Any factory anywhere can potentially manufacture not just parts, but complete products for any number of industries, continually iterate and hyper-personalise these at low cost in response to market demand.