How will we define humans in future, and how will this new definition change your business? In this study, we look at the foundations of evolving humans:

The augmented body—A review of wearables, implantables, and biological enhancements digs into such future technology as contact lenses that can take videos, universal language translator ear buds, body hacking, nanobots, brain implants, genomics, IVF, and CRISPR. These trends will come together to make future human bodies more resilient, optimized, and continually monitored. Future human bodies will raise questions around what it means to be human, sports competition rules, and job discrimination.

Enhanced thought—Enablers of evolving thought will include neurostimulation, nootropics, virtual reality, and brain-machine interfaces. These technologies will enable thought that is faster, happier, more transferable, and sustainable.

Changing behaviors—Key future influencers of our behavior will be increasing use of behavioral science and gamification used in collaboration with each other and artificial intelligence. Both corporations and state governments will drive these tactics. Key use cases include Uber and the UK and the US governments. We can expect our behaviors to be more efficient and optimized, more communal and collaborative, more empathetic, and more guided and motivated.

To understand the complexities of the future, we converge our body, mind, and behavior findings to understand how future human experiences will look in 2030. Key trends of the future will include extreme personalization, broadening divides, expansion of natural limits, fusing of humans and machines, and increasing guidance and control.

A vision of 2030 will include the following:
• Disease-free humans and the elimination of heritable diseases
• Company sponsored wearables and nootropics for enhanced productivity
• VR commonly used to make issues, information, and concerns more relevant
• Nation state sponsored brain race for industry, military, and economic power
• Quantification and optimization of most aspects of life
• Intelligence, biology, happiness, and morality compete for human enhancement supremacy

Finally, we pull out implications for multiple industries so that industry leaders can begin preparing now for the complexities of a new humanity. Industries include healthcare, military and government, retail, media and entertainment, and automotive. For each of these industries, we look at emerging industry effects and strategies to remain competitive in future.

The coming years will usher in transformational change that will fundamentally change every aspect of life. While this study is focused on the practical implications of these technologies, for many, it raises questions around who we will become as a society and what will we value? Will it be intelligence, happiness, quality of life, self-fulfillment, or something else?

  • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • Introduction—How this Study Should be Read
    • Humanity's Future is the Result of Converging Evolutionary Trends
    • Multiple Evolutionary Trends are Entering a New Phase
    • The Evolving Human Body
    • The Evolving Human Thought
    • The Evolving Human Behaviors
    • The Evolving Human Experience Gives Rise to Key Themes
    • New Humanity Competitive Implications for Industries
  • Research Methodology and Key Definitions
    • Research Methodology—From Macro-to-micro
    • Acronyms and Definitions
  • The Evolving Human Body
    • The Evolving Human Body can be Understood via an Augmentation Framework
    • Augmentation Through External Wearables is Already Entrenched
    • External Wearables on the Head Augment Seeing, Hearing, and Thinking
    • External Wearables on the Body Augment Strength, Speed, and Precision
    • External Wearable Focus—Exoskeletons will Significantly Impact Industries
    • Brain-based Internal Implants will Enhance Mental and Physical Abilities
    • Internal Body Implants Improve the Comfort and Ease of Daily Life
    • Biological Augmentation Marches Toward Proactive Evolution
    • Future Bodies Scenarios will Increase Specialization and Robustness
    • Drivers of the Evolving Body Converge from Multiple Sources
    • Enhanced Bodies Usher in New Risks and Challenges
  • Evolving Human Thought
    • A Framework of Human Future Thought Includes Four Key Capabilities
    • Key Human Thought Capabilities will be Enabled by Emerging Tech
    • Evolving Human Thought Emerges New Thinking and Fades Old
    • Many Evolving Human Thought Enhancers are Already Available
    • Evolving Thought Focus—Varying Applications of Neurostimulation
    • Future Human Thought Scenarios Extend Across All Aspects of Life
    • Evolving Thought Technology Drivers Come from Multiple Industries
    • Drivers of Evolving Human Thought Include Nations and Companies
    • The Risks of Evolving Human Thought Raise Many Questions
  • Evolving Human Behaviors
    • Evolving Human Behaviors will Fall into Four Key Framework Themes
    • Evolving Human Behaviors are Increasingly Guided and Motivated
    • Case Study—UBER's Use of Behavioral Science
    • Human Behaviors will Evolve to be More Efficient and Optimized
    • Human Behaviors will Evolve to be More Communal and Collaborative
    • Human Behaviors will Evolve to be More Empathetic
    • Human Behaviors will Evolve Across Work and Lifestyle Settings
    • Drivers of Evolving Human Behaviors Span Organizations and Disciplines
    • Risks and Challenges will Emerge as Human Behaviors Evolve
  • Evolving Human Experience
    • The Evolving Human Experience Gives Rise to Key Themes
    • The Evolving Human Experience will Give Rise to Extreme Personalization
    • Humans will Grapple with Broadening Divides as Humanity Evolves
    • Natural Limits will be Expanded in the Evolving Human Experience
    • The Human Experience will be Defined by Human-Machine Integration
    • The Human Experience will be Subject to More Oversight and Control
  • Drivers of the New Humanity
    • Ecosystem of Drivers of the New Humanity
  • Implications for Industries
    • New Humanity Competitive Implications for the Healthcare Industry
    • New Humanity Competitive Implications for the Retail Industry
    • New Humanity Competitive Implications for the Automotive Industry
    • New Humanity Competitive Implications for the Government and Military
    • New Humanity Competitive Implications for Media and Entertainment
  • The Last Word
    • View of Humanity in 2030—Everyday Life
    • View of Humanity in 2030—Corporate World and Governments
    • The Last Word—3 Big Predictions

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