Any discussion about the future can become a stressful experience. It is a pattern that repeats itself in every generation. There are many perspectives among people about what the future holds and, in most situations, there are five broad groups. The one group are those who hold on to the past. What they know and how things have always worked are the realities they want to stay with and the mechanisms of life that they are comfortable with. These individuals tend to take a negative perspective about the future and the changes they will have to make to function optimally in a future world. This group can be very vocal against future technologies, methods of doing business and life in general. In the extreme they turn their viewpoints into a religious or spiritual perspective to give it more authority.
The second group are those who do not like thinking and talking about possible future developments and they are very passive in their acquiring of knowledge and thinking about the things to come. But when things do change and the changes are necessary for them to embrace, they do it slowly and without too much thinking. They are the typical ‘go-with-the-flow’ crowd.
The third group are the ones that can’t wait for future things to happen, especially on a technological front. They actively search for new technologies, use it when it becomes available
and they are on top of most futuristic developments in areas where they have an active interest and where they would like to improve their lives. When they find new innovative technologies, they investigate, they know how it works and what it can do. If these new technologies are within their reach and add value to their lives, they will actively use them as well.
The fourth group is very small. They are the minority of society but they are the ones who have
and who will shape our future world. They are the ones who design, develop and build the future. They want to fly with rocket suits, set up a human colony on Mars, build mobile devices that can drive a car, build systems that enable people to run their entire household and all the devices in it from their mobile phones. They build robots for advanced medical procedures. This is a small group of highly innovative and skilled people who design and build capabilities and technologies that continuously redefine the future for many people.
Group number five is the most interesting of all. They are the ones who do not know that there
is a future world that is unfolding. They live and work for today. Tomorrow, they will again live and work for the day or the week. They see things change but they have no idea what it is about, how it works and how it can be used. They use what they have. They do what they have to do in a way that they understand. If they are part of a discussion about future technologies, ventures and social trends, they become very quiet and they observe and listen. They have no idea of things to come.
This book is for everybody. It is an easy read with emphasis on practical, everyday things that
touch the lives of many people. It is based on existing patterns that are used to anticipate future
developments in specific areas. The aim is to inform and share ideas. The authors are convinced
that the things they anticipate will happen. Patterns and trends are the most reliable constructs to use when it is necessary to anticipate future events. Although some themes and topics in the book may sound like a repetition of anticipated trends, it has been repeated to indicate the importance of what will happen, what to do and how to best understand changes. It has also been written to integrate different areas of change and how it will influence the same space of our existence. An
example will explain. Changing weather patterns will influence the way we work, build business,
produce food and the places where people live.
The authors trust that you will experience this as an information rich experience with practical
value for your life.
Pieter de Villiers
Pieter De Villiers
The 4 th Industrial Revolution is here and is already shaping global and local societies. This will affect
everybody, and nobody is exempt. Don’t be caught off guard!
Lizette De Villiers
Our personal lifestyles will have to adapt, and quite radically, to ensure that we stay on top of the
challenges that the future will bring. Again, we have to act locally but think globally.