72 Stunning Things in the Future that will be Common Ten Years from Now that don’t Exist Today


A very interesting read. Many of these stunning things will indeed improve our lives, for some others not so sure…As we push limits of the doable further and further away, the question of ethics is to me the biggest challenge ahead. In a world increasingly dominated by technologies and virtual reality, maintaining our ‘humanity’ will be another challenge too.

Source : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/72-stunning-things-future-common-ten-years-from-now-dont-thomas-frey?trk=hp-feed-article-title-share

How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think.

Since the iPhone came out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos and videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping.

None of the mobile apps we use today existed 10 years ago: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Facetime, LinkedIn, Lyft, Whatsapp, Netflix, Pandora, or Pokemon Go.

Several major companies didn’t exist a decade ago. Airbnb, Tinder, Fitbit, Spotify, Dropbox, Quora, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Hulu, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, Indigogo, Udacity, and Jet.com.

Ten years ago very few people were talking about crowdfunding, the sharing economy, social media marketing, search engine optimization, app developers, cloud storage, data mining, mobile gaming, gesture controls, chatbots, data analytics, virtual reality, 3D printers, and drone delivery.

At the same time we are seeing the decline of many of the things that were in common use 10-20 years ago. Fax machines, wired phones, taxi drivers, newspapers, desktop computers, video cameras, camera film, VCRs, DVD players, record players, typewriters, yellow pages, video rental shops, and printed maps have all seen their industry peak and are facing dwindling markets.

If we leapfrog ahead ten years and take notice of the radically different lives we will be living, we will notice how a few key technologies paved the way for massive new industries.

Here is a glimpse of a stunningly different future that will come into view over the next decade.

3D Printing

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing has already begun to enter our lives in major ways. In the future 3D printers will be even more common than paper printers are today.

  1. 3D printed makeup for women. Just insert a person’s face and the machine will be programmed to apply the exact makeup pattern requested by the user.
  2. 3D printed replacement teeth, printed inside the mouth.
  3. Swarmbot printing systems will be used to produce large buildings and physical structures, working 24/7 until they’re completed.
  4. Scan and print custom designed clothing at retail clothing stores.
  5. Scan and print custom designed shoes at specialty shoe stores.
  6. Expectant mothers will request 3D printed models of their unborn baby.
  7. Police departments will produce 3D printed “mug shots” and “shapies” generated from a person’s DNA.
  8. Trash that is sorted and cleaned and turned into material that can be 3D printed.

Virtual/Augmented Reality

The VR/AR world is set to explode around us as headsets and glasses drop in price so they’re affordable for most consumers. At the same time, game designers and “experience” producers are racing to create the first “killer apps” in this emerging industry.

  1. Theme park rides that mix physical rides with VR experiences.
  2. Live broadcasts of major league sports games (football, soccer, hockey, and more) in Virtual Reality.
  3. Full-length VR movies.
  4. Physical and psychological therapy done through VR.
  5. Physical drone racing done through VR headsets.
  6. VR speed dating sites.
  7. For education and training, we will see a growing number of modules done in both virtual and augmented reality.
  8. VR and AR tours will be commonly used in the sale of future real estate.

Flying/Driving Drones

Drones are quickly transitioning from hobbyist toys to sophisticated business tools very quickly. They will touch our lives in thousands of different ways.

  1. Fireworks dropped from drones. Our ability to “ignite and drop” fireworks from the sky will dramatically change both how they’re made and the artistry used to display them.
  2. Concert swarms that produces a spatial cacophony of sound coming from 1,000 speaker drones simultaneously.
  3. Banner-pulling drones. Old school advertising brought closer to earth.
  4. Bird frightening drones for crops like sunflowers where birds can destroy an entire field in a matter of hours.
  5. Livestock monitoring drones for tracking cows, sheep, geese, and more.
  6. Three-dimensional treasure hunts done with drones.
  7. Prankster Drones – Send random stuff to random people and video their reactions.
  8. Entertainment drones (with projectors) that fly in and perform unusual forms of live comedy and entertainment.

Driverless Cars/Transportation

Driverless technology will change transportation more significantly than the invention of the automobile itself.

  1. Queuing stations for driverless cars as a replacement for a dwindling number of parking lots.
  2. Crash-proof cars. Volvo already says their cars will be crash-proof before 2020.
  3. Driverless car hailing apps. Much like signaling Uber and Lyft, only without the drivers.
  4. Large fleet ownership of driverless cars (some companies will own millions of driverless cars).
  5. Electric cars will routinely win major races like the Daytona 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and the Indy 500.
  6. In-car work and entertainment systems to keep people busy and entertained as a driverless car takes them to their destination.
  7. In-car advertising. This will be a delicate balance between offsetting the cost of operation and being too annoying for the passengers.
  8. Electric car charging in less than 5 minutes.

Internet of Things

The Internet of things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, and buildings embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and actuators designed to communicate with users as well as other devices. We are currently experiencing exponential growth in IoT devices as billions of new ones come online every year.

  1. Smart chairs, smart beds, and smart pillows that will self-adjust to minimize pressure points and optimize comfort.
  2. Sensor-laced clothing
  3. “Print and Pin” payment systems that uses a biometric mark (fingerprint) plus a pin number.
  4. Smart plates, bowls and cups to keep track of what we eat and drink.
  5. Smart trashcan that will signal for a trash truck when they’re full.
  6. Ownership networks. As we learn to track the location of everything we own, we will also track the changing value of each item to create a complete ownership network.
  7. Self-retrieving shoes where you call them by name, through your smartphone, and your shoes will come to you.
  8. Smart mailboxes that let you know when mail has arrived and how important it is.

Health Tech

Even though healthcare is a bloated and bureaucratic industry, innovative entrepreneurs are on the verge of disrupting this entire industry.

  1. Hyper-personalized precision-based pharmaceuticals produced by 3D pill printers.
  2. Ingestible data collectors, filled with sensors, to give a daily internal health scan and report.
  3. Prosthetic limbs controlled by AI.
  4. Real-time blood scanners.
  5. Peer-to-peer health insurance.
  6. Facetime-like checkups without needing a doctor’s appointment.
  7. Full-body physical health scanners offering instant AI medical diagnosis, located in most pharmacies
  8. Intraoral cameras for smartphones for DYI dental checkups.

Artificial Intelligence

Much like hot and cold running water, we will soon be able to “pipe-in” artificial intelligence to any existing digital system.

  1. Best selling biographies written by artificial intelligence.
  2. Legal documents written by artificial intelligence.
  3. AI-menu selection, based on diet, for both restaurants and at home.
  4. Full body pet scanners with instant AI medical diagnosis.
  5. AI selection of movies and television shows based on moods, ratings, and personal preferences.
  6. Much like the last item, AI music selection will be based on moods, ratings, and musical tastes.
  7. AI sleep-optimizers will control all of the environmental factors – heat, light, sound, oxygen levels, smells, positioning, vibration levels, and more.
  8. AI hackers. Sooner or later someone will figure out how to use even our best AI technology for all the wrong purposes.


Future transportation will come in many forms ranging from locomotion on an individual level to ultra high-speed tube transportation on a far grander scale.

  1. 360-degree video transportation monitoring cameras at most intersections in major cities throughout the world.
  2. Everywhere wireless. With highflying solar powered drones, CubeSats, and Google’s Project Loon, wireless Internet connections will soon be everywhere.
  3. Black boxes for drones to record information in the event of an accident.
  4. Air-breathing hypersonic propulsion for commercial aircraft. Fast is never fast enough.
  5. Robotic follow-behind-you luggage, to make airline travel easier.
  6. Robotic dog walkers and robotic people walkers.
  7. Ultra high-speed tube transportation. As we look closely at the advances over the past couple decades, it’s easy to see that we are on the precipices of a dramatic breakthrough in ultra high-speed transportation. Businesses are demanding it. People are demanding it. And the only thing lacking is a few people capable of mustering the political will to make it happen.


As I began assembling this list, a number of items didn’t fit well in other categories.

  1. Bitcoin loans for houses, cars, business equipment and more.
  2. Self-filling water bottles with built-in atmospheric water harvesters.
  3. Reputation networks. With the proliferation of personal information on websites and in databases throughout the Internet, reputation networks will be designed to monitor, alert, and repair individual reputations.
  4. Atmospheric energy harvesters. Our atmosphere is filled with both ambient and concentrated forms of energy ranging from sunlight to lightening bolts that can be both collected and stored.
  5. Pet education centers, such as boarding schools for dogs and horses, to improve an animal’s IQ.
  6. Robotic bricklayers. With several early prototypes already operational, these will become common over the next decade.
  7. Privacy bill of rights. Privacy has become an increasingly complicated topic, but one that is foundational to our existence on planet earth.
  8. Hot new buzzword, “Megaprojects.”

Final Thoughts

There’s a phenomenon called the Peltzman Effect, named after Dr. Sam Peltzman, a renowned professor of economics from the University of Chicago Business School, who studied auto accidents.

He found that when you introduce more safety features like seat belts into cars, the number of fatalities and injuries doesn’t drop. The reason is that people compensate for it. When we have a safety net in place, people will take more risks.

That probably is true with other areas as well.

As life becomes easier, we take risks with our time. As our financial worries are met, we begin thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, inventor, or artist. When life becomes too routine, we search for ways to introduce chaos.

Even though we see reports that billions of jobs will disappear over the coming decades, we will never run out of work.

We were never meant to live cushy lives of luxury. We need risk and chaos to be part of our daily struggle. While we work hard to eliminate it, we will always find new ways to bring it back.

We’re working towards a better world ahead, but only marginally better. That’s where we do our best work.

By Futurist Thomas Frey

Author of Epiphany Z – 8 Radical Visions Transforming Your Future

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban

A must-see. Tim Urban is fabulously hilarious in this Ted Talk. I laughed so much.

Thanks to him, we get to better understand what goes on in our mind when we do procrastinate and struggle with time-management and deadlines !

At least, it seems that we are not alone to have that love story with Mister Procrastination and it feels good as we’re just human, full of flaws, imperfect but being aware of our shortcomings is definitely a great start to make progressive changes in our behaviour so we do not let that ‘panick monster’ appear ever again and ruin our lives.

How New Leaders are Rewriting Old Rules

Below a great read on Leadership in today’s fast paced world – written by Brad Smith.

Like this quote : “Just when I had all of the answers, someone changed all of the questions.”


I recently wrote about the three things I wish I’d known before becoming a CEO.  Today, I want to briefly discuss how I see the model for being a successful leader evolving in today’s fast-changing world.

Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom was that to be a CEO, one needed to be a confident, charismatic individual who never expressed weakness, and seemed to have all the answers. Today, the pace of change and disruptive threats have required the emergence of a new breed of leadership in the Silicon Valley and across the globe. The new model is a leader openly dedicated to self-improvement, working with others to create shared success and where having a high curiosity quotient, or CQ, is more important than a high IQ. Below, are three leadership traits I admire in others, and seek to emulate:

Open to Learning and Change

The best CEOs and leaders recognize that they do not have all the answers. As the adage goes, “Just when I had all of the answers, someone changed all of the questions.” That’s never been more true than in today’s fast-paced environment. Becoming a CEO or a leader at any level is not the end of journey, but the beginning of a challenge to live up to continuous improvement and re-imagination of both yourself and the organization you lead. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a great example of a CEO who, even with all his success, role models that his quest for learning never ends. Each year, he publicly declares what he will be working on – from learning Mandarin to trying to read two books each month. In doing so, he not only improves himself, but also role models the importance of ongoing personal development for his entire company.

Success is a Team Sport

None of us can do it alone, especially CEOs. I always loved the old saying “Show me a CEO who appears to walk on water, and I’ll show you a team of people underneath the surface carrying him orher on their shoulders.” Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, is the quintessential example of a generous leader who views one person’s success as being connected to the success of others. His 2014 book, “The Alliance,” explains how leaders can attract and retain the best employees through forming mutually beneficial alliances where everyone wins. The new trait he role models for others is that the best path to success, on both a personal and organizational level, is a culture where everyone’s success is linked to the success of each other and the entire team.

Reputation Matters

In today’s connected world, there are no secrets. How you treat others, both good and bad, creates a personal brand that follows you wherever you go. Successful businesses, such as AirBNB and TaskRabbit, have built business models that showcase how others view you as the key to driving success. The currency that makes systems like Airbnb and TaskRabbit work is trust, influence and reputation capital. If you have a habit of trashing Airbnb rentals, pretty soon you’re going to find it hard to find a host that will accept you. The same is true for CEOs and leaders in general. Employees and contractors have a choice, and even in tough economic areas where limited job opportunities may exist, there is the negative consequence of having an employee who is deeply de-motivated based on a poor work environment. We all know that putting a fully charged battery and a dead battery into a flashlight will drain the new one and the light will no longer work. How you treat people matters. Today’s leaders need to build reputations based on trust and respect, to both inspire teams and to attract and retain top talent.

Today’s leaders are breaking the mold of the CEO as a confident, charismatic individual who never expresses weakness, and seems to have all the answers – and replacing it with a more collaborative, teamwork-oriented approach to leadership. I am personally inspired by these traits, and I believe these are positive changes that offer a leadership model that best fits the times in which we live.

Source : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-new-leaders-rewriting-old-rules-brad-smith?trk=hp-feed-article-title-channel-add

5 Tips for Landing a Job You Didn’t Go to School for

I came across this very inspiring read on career change. ‘You shouldn’t remain chained to what you think your career path has to be.’ It is so true. It is never too late to change jobs, roles, departments even industries. It is never too late to learn new things, expand our skill set, develop our potential, explore new sectors.

We don’t have to be stuck in a career we don’t feel is right for us any more. The studies you chose or your parents chose for you, don’t have to dictate what you should be doing now or your whole life.

The world changes and we change along with it. Our encounters, our successes, our failures, our personal and professional experiences change us, change what we expect of ourselves, our goals, our ambitions, our dreams.

Where we are now might be different from where you thought you’d be. But nothing is impossible and any change is still possible should you decide it. As we get older, we realise one crucial thing : that time is running out …As the most precious asset, let’s not waste it on the wrong career, doing the wrong job instead let’s chase that dream job and be truly fulfilled!

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The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute answers to timely questions about entrepreneurship and careers. Today’s answer to the question, “How do you leverage a non-traditional background in a new role?” is written by Jeremy Roche, president and CEO of FinancialForce.

So many of us enter the working world with a single-pane view of what is expected of us after we get that coveted diploma. You studied medicine, so you must be a doctor. You went to law school, so you must be a lawyer. But it’s never too late or too early to try something new, whether in your own field or elsewhere.

In the span of my 25-plus year career, curiosity and an open mind have given me the opportunity to hold a variety of roles across different industries and departments. I was a systems engineer early on, a sales executive, a CTO, and am now a CEO. I have a background in law, so for a time I even served as FinancialForce’s legal counsel, while also managing IT.

Because this is the path I have taken, I have a soft spot for my own employees who want to take a risk and move to a new role. Despite the degree you earn (or don’t), you can always find a way to pivot your career and the kinds of roles you take on. Follow your instincts. You don’t need to remain chained to what you think your career path has to be.

I’ll be honest, though: Moving into a new role with a non-traditional background isn’t easy. But if you’re ambitious and curious, it can be both personally and professionally rewarding. The twists and turns, the challenges, and the people who helped me along the way has made it worthwhile. Who knows what the next 25 years will bring, but in the meantime, here are a few things I’ve learned that’ll help you take your career in a new direction without losing momentum:

Learn everything you can about the new role

If you’re thinking about accepting a new role in a department or industry that’s foreign to you, it’s time to learn everything you possibly can. Look for books, blogs, and conferences that cover the new role or industry that can inform you about the market landscape and its terminology. Learn by doing: Shadow someone in a similar role. Mirror their every move, ask questions, and soak up their knowledge.

Identify transferrable skills

Just because you’re transitioning roles doesn’t mean you’re starting from scratch. You likely already have a base of skills you’ve learned in previous roles to draw from. I went from CTO to CEO — executive positions that have very different responsibilities and skill sets — but I was able to transfer the knowledge I had about how to deal with technology and pain points and apply that to other departments within the organization.

Ask yourself what hard or soft skills you currently have that could apply to this new role. What experiences from your last job could be spun to help you succeed today? This will not only help you thrive in your role, but if you’re in the interviewing process, it may help make a case to get buy-in at your company — or from a hiring manager — on why you’d be a good fit.

Be willing to go back basics

I can’t express enough how important it is to throw your ego out the door. When you jump into a new career or position, there is a 100% chance you will make mistakes. No matter how much experience you have and how high up the ranks you were, when you start a new job, you will have to prove yourself all over again.

And while that might sound daunting, you have to stay positive. Embrace the unknown and be willing to go back to the basics of learning new skills. This experience can build empathy, truly enhancing your leadership skills in the long run.

Seek out advocates and mentors

Changing careers can be much easier if you have an advocate and a mentor who can help you. I’ve been lucky enough to have bosses and colleagues in the industry that I owe much of my professional growth to. Seek out guidance from someone you want to learn from, such as a manager who can refer you for a new job, or a colleague who can help you transition more easily to a new role. It’s much easier to make the switch inside an organization if you have the referral of someone who’s respected at the company. A mentor with experience in this new role — or maybe even someone who’s made the same — can help develop the skills you need to succeed.

Be patient

If your goal is to change roles at your current company, you may need to be patient while they find someone who can fill your previous role. You may even need to be involved in finding this person and training them.

Once you do kick off in your new role, make sure you manage your own expectations. It will take awhile before you feel like you’re truly succeeding in your new position. There will be unforeseen challenges and learning curves you didn’t anticipate. But remember your very first job: It wasn’t a walk in the park right off the bat, was it? A successful career transition takes time. If it’s a move you believe in, it will be well worth the work you put into it.

Both the individual employee and the company stand to benefit from embracing career flexibility. For employers, providing flexibility in roles and letting people try different parts of the business prevents them from leaving because they get to learn something new. For employees, realizing you work at a company at which you can take control of your own career may be the best motivation you could ever hope for. If you stay curious, you could end up somewhere completely different than you imagined, but completely fulfilling.

Source : https://insiders.fortune.com/5-tips-for-landing-a-job-you-didnt-go-to-school-for-951ee1e100a0?xid=soc_socialflow_linkedin_FORTUNE#.pb90q7zde