Futures Research

2019 Tech Trends Report

The Future Today Institute’s 2019 Tech Trends Report is in its 12th year of publication and has received more than 7.5 million cumulative views. This is our biggest report tech trends report ever––a 30% increase over last year, when we identified 225 trends and 10 weak signals. This sharp increase has to do with the advancement of many different technologies, which is causing acceleration across many different fields.

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How To Do Strategic Planning Like a Futurist

Futurists think about time differently, and company strategists could learn from their approach. For any given uncertainty about the future — whether that’s risk, opportunity, or growth — we tend to think in the short- and long-term simultaneously. To do this, FTI uses a framework that measures certainty and charts actions, rather than simply marking the passage of time as quarters or years. That’s why FTI's timelines aren’t actually lines at all — they are cones. 

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Axes of Uncertainty

Leaders often make common errors as they make strategic decisions about the future: they under-predict or over-predict change. The reason? Most of us find uncertainty uncomfortable, so we are reluctant to confront it. We can’t solve for future uncertainty, but we can prepare ourselves to think critically about signals and decisions — to understand all the dependencies we should consider that might impact the future. 

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2019 Journalism, Media and Tech Trends

The Future Today Institute's annual industry-specific report focuses on 108 emerging trends that will influence the journalism, media and tech sectors and related industries in the year ahead. 

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2019 Smart Cities Ranking

For the second year, FTI has ranked the world's smartest cities. Our goal is to showcase examples of exemplary, innovative leadership around the world. Public-private partnerships, affordable technology, long-term urban and budget planning, and equal access to all citizens are just a few things that make cities smart. Learn more about our ranking methodology and see the world's 50 smartest cities.

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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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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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