How digital forces are shaping the future of work

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“Over the past five years we’ve seen major disruptions to work, and the driver is technology.”

Several trends will profoundly reshape the context and practice of work in coming decades, according to Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at the London Business School. These include the rebalancing of globalized markets for goods and labor; dramatically changing demographics; the widening of skills gaps; the demise of middle-skill work; and the rise in the importance of talent clusters. But one other stands out as having the most profound impact on the way work is done and, indeed, as underpinning all of these: IT-enabled hyperconnectivity.

 

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Biodesign will have an impact on the future of cities

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The Genetic Barcelona Project plans to inject jellyfish genes into trees to make them glow, creating a sustainable alternative to streetlights.

In the morning, you get out of bed and open the curtains. The grey light of dawn is mingling with the glow of the trees, which have been injected with luminescent jellyfish genes. (Video)

 

 

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Isaac Asimov correctly predicted 2014 technology in 1964

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When the 1964 World’s Fair was hosted in New York City, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, Isaac Asimov, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years from then –  assuming the world survived the nuclear threats of the Cold War.Writing in The New York Times, Asimov imagined a world that you might partly recognize today, a world where:

 

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