Research Program

Future Disruptive Technologies

Do you fully understand how new disruptive technologies will reshape your industry?

Drones are for sale for a couple of hundred dollars. IBM’s supercomputer Watson is the prime Jeopardy player, but also probably the best cancer diagnostician in the world too. Google’s self-driving cars are cruising the streets, and Amazon is preparing for delivery even before you’ve put your order. Soon, producing your own electricity with solar panels is cheaper than buying it from the power companies (in fact, it already is in Germany), and genetic screening is a standard recruitment procedure in most companies.

We’re definitely on the verge of a new phase in the history of man and machine. The reason behind is the exponential growth in technological power. What costs 1000 dollars today will be less than half in a year or two. And what was impossible yesterday is in every man’s hand today.

Brad and I were the first knowledge-industry workers put out of work by the new generation of 'thinking' machines. Ken Jennings in an interview for Slate after having been beaten by Watson in Jeopardy

Technological progress has always had a huge impact on society and businesses; destroying empires, industries and companies on decline, and creating new empires, industries and climbing stars. New technology has put always people out of work and at the same time created new jobs for new generations of workers.
Therefore, following the technological frontiers has always been at heart for us. But also to understand the impact on business and people.

The question is: Do you fully understand how new disruptive technologies will reshape your industry?

Did you know that 42 percent of Nordic CEOs say “The industry in which my organization operates will bear little resemblance in 2020 to how it looks today” Kairos Future/Tieto 2014