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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75 Tech Trends For Journalists and Media


This is our first industry-specific analysis of emerging technology trends. It follows the same approach as our popular annual trends report, now in its 10th year with more than 6 million cumulative views. We have highlighted 75 important technology trends that everyone working within the news ecosystem should be following.

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Global Survey on Media Futures

We asked people who work within the news media ecosystem how they think about the future. In this first-of-its-kind global survey, participants were asked pointed questions about what strategies and tactics are being used to plan for the next 12 months - 20 years of journalism.

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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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The Flare and Focus of Successful Futurists

Futurists are skilled at listening to and interpreting signals, which are harbingers of what’s to come. They look for early patterns — pretrends, if you will — as the scattered points on the fringe converge and begin moving toward the mainstream. This new research explains how forecasting is a learnable skill, and one that should be embedded within every organization.

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Bespoke Research

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