Constant disruption -- from politics to the environment -- has affected our attitudes and behaviors, and 2019 looks to throw a few more surprises according to a new trend report.
The Innovation Group's annual trend report, Future 100outlines the trends and changes to watch in 2019.
It shows a glimpse of what is to come and what is important across individual sectors for 2019 including culture, tech and innovation, travel, food and drink, brands, beauty, retail, luxury, health, and lifestyle.
Lucie Greene, Director of JWT Innovation has outlined some of the tech trends and innovations predicted to be talked about in 2019 So what can we look forward to?
Ethical internet: Tech brands need to take a more proactive approach to exploring ethical implications of their platforms and wares, according to tech journalist Kara Swisher in NYTarticle.
In May 2018, Amnesty International, Access Now and other partner organizations launched the Toronto Declaration, which protects the right to equality and non-discrimination in machine learning systems.
More and more tech companies are realizing the order of magnitude that their products have on societal issues like mental health, isolation, cyber-bullying, and suicide.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, wrote in a blog post on Medium: "For all the good we've achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas. Today, I believe we've reached a critical tipping point, and that powerful change for the better is possible -- and necessary."
Future tech cities: Tech brands are turning their attention to every aspect of life and reimagining these areas with tech solutions. Now Urban design is getting a rethink for a hyper-connected future.
Tech giant Alibaba is developing a City Brain artificial intelligence layer. It is testing elements of the AI in Hangzhou. Thousands of street cameras are used to collect data to control traffic lights, optimize traffic flow, detect accidents, and deploy respondents.
However, constant surveillance and the data it generates has the capacity for the greater good and personal invasion of privacy.
As technology companies roll out their solutions to urban problems, privacy advocates are ringing alarm bells over the potential abuse of on-going surveillance.