Futures Research


2017 Tech Trends Report

The 2017 Tech Trends Report, now in its 10th year, focuses on mid- to late-stage emerging technologies that are on a growth trajectory. We have identified more than 150 trends for the coming year across numerous industries, and our broad scope was intentional. In this era of rapidly accelerating technological advancement, changes within one industry necessarily impact another. We listen to signals across different sectors, and we encourage you to do the same.

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Curating a Scenario Planning Team

While futures forecasting is a professional and academic discipline going back more than 100 years, few companies employ futurists. That’s starting to change as more leaders become familiar with the work futurists do. Accenture, Ford, Google, IBM, Intel, Samsung, and UNESCO all have futurists on staff, whose work is quite different from what happens within the traditional R&D function.

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The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online

Right now, many technology-focused companies are working on ‘conversational computing,’ and the goal is to create a seamless interface between humans and machines. If you have [a] young child, she can be expected to talk to – rather than type on – machines for the rest of her life. FTI was part of this recent research conducted by the Pew Research Center.

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Bespoke Research

FTI partners with other institutions and organizations on custom research projects. We are available to consult on projects, assist researchers with their work or to develop white papers or other materials. Please contact us with if we can assist you with your research effort.