Topics that thought leaders should have opinions on (17 March 2016)

1. The state of global internet access

State of Connectivity 2015: A Report on Global Internet Access, the second annual study by Facebook, takes a close look at the current state of global internet connectivity, how it has changed since 2014.

The question for thought leaders is how will more connectivity reshape industries and change markets.

State of Connectivity 2015: A Report on Global Internet Access

State of connectivity

 

2. What does wearable technology mean for your industry?

Wearable technology is evolving rapidly. The space has seen some hits (i.e. Fitbit) and misses (i.e. Google Glass).

How wearable technology may impact your industry is a topic that all thought leaders should have views on.

Future Wearables: Intelligent Leggings Measure Muscle Fatigue in Runners

Sensors to measure muscle fatigue

3. The DNA app store has launched

Biology is set to be a major source of cross-industry innovation over the next 5-10 years.

What could it mean for your industry if “two guys in a garage will write a $10 app that shows you how old you’ll look in 10 years, or which celebrity you are most closely related to.”?

An online store for information about your genes will make it cheap and easy to learn more about your health risks and predispositions.

DNA App store

4. Who does society think is worthy of fame?

An adjustable graph of which kinds of people were globally famous in different eras.

A great source of data to emphasise the cycles of popularity across the whole of society (and as a basis for long term prediction).

Shifts in global fame through the ages

Who was famous throughout the ages

5. Are humans getting more lazy?

New data shows that consumption of breakfast cereal is in almost terminal decline. “A large contingent of millennials are uninterested in breakfast cereal because eating it means using a bowl, and bowls don’t clean themselves (or get tossed in the garbage). Bowls, kids these days groan, have to be cleaned.”

A very provocative statistic that can be used to build a range of opinion pieces.

The baffling reason many millennials don’t eat cereal


Every few weeks we try and collect a range of controversial data that thought leaders should have opinions on.

Our criteria is ideas that are big, wide ranging and world changing. We’re looking for topics that are broad enough that they’re game changers for every industry. If you see topics that thought leaders should have opinions on, please email us – we’d love to include in our next edition.