The major future trend that will affect everyone in business in the future is the emergence of the innovation economy. Innovation will be the currency of the future marketplace, offsetting the outsourcing trend. Those that know how to use tech innovations to create customer value will win. The fastest innovation will be driven by the convergence of four power tools. . .

nanotech, biotech, infotech, and cognitive science. They will offer a new gold rush of opportunity. Leveraging the new building blocks of innovation comprised of bits, atoms, genes, and neurons will be essential for future leaders . . .



The real sleeper trend is neurodrugs for enhancing human cognition, augmenting memory, and increasing intelligence. Human and health enhancement will be the largest marketplace in the 21st century, driven by the aging and affluent baby boomers who will want to invest in their own longevity—”live long and prosper.”



. . . The chief target for terrorists in the future will be the integrated global business network, [which is] yet to be built. As more things get connected—banks, telecom, governments, businesses, supply chains—into one robust global network, this will become the most vulnerable pressure point for attacking modern society. . . . There is a talent war coming. Corporations will be hotly competing for qualified talent. The U.S. workforce by 2015 will be short over 15 million people for staff jobs. European countries and especially Japan will also see a reduction in quality of life and global competitiveness due to labor shortages.



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