So ten weeks have flown by since we launched our World of Innovation heat
map. North America took top spot with the
highest recorded volume of conversations across all innovation categories, with
Germany and the UK tying for second place and Brazil in third. The most popular discussion categories around
innovation were lifestyle-related, rather than business or science, which
suggests we may see many more technology applications emerging in future for
improved health and social wellbeing rather than increased productivity or
efficiency. We calculate that over 10 million pairs of eyeballs have been
exposed to the #betterrunworld conversations based on follower numbers.
We’ve also shared some fascinating articles and insights into how information is
driving innovation. December is always a time of reflection on the outgoing
year and a chance to speculate on what lies ahead. So as this is my last post of this series, I
thought I’d highlight some of my favourite eyebrow-raising and, in some cases,
hair-raising predictions, indicators and statistics about the future of
- Over 40% of the companies that were at the top of the Fortune 500 in the year 2000 were no longer there by
- A typical mobile phone user checks their device 150 times a day.
- Only 7% of Generation Y employees work for a Fortune 500 company as start-ups dominate the workforce in this
- By 2017, 90% of all internet traffic will be video.
- Almost three-quarters of people say they wouldn’t care if the brands they use disappeared from their life.
- By 2012, TomTom had accumulated more than 5,000 trillion data points on the time, location, direction and speed
of travel of drivers.
- 7 out of 10 people believe small businesses know their customers and products better than large companies.
- A third of Millennials have been dumped via Facebook wall posts or by text.
- 6 out of 10 consumers say technology makes us feel more connected, while 40% claim it makes us feel more
isolated from each other.
- By 2040, at least 3.5 billion people will run short of water.
What these headlines tell us is that the world is
changing more rapidly than we could ever have imagined and, if you take a look
through all 99 Facts on the Future of Business, you’ll see
that many of these changes are overwhelmingly positive. It’s up to all of us as aspiring innovators
to apply technology as a force for good, and I hope this series has been an
all-you-can-eat buffet of food for thought.