Here are five indicators, observations or articles that caught the eye of FA futurists today.
- Richard Fernandez assesses the potential for a rapid proliferation of nuclear weapons in East Asia, and makes the observation that one consequence of declining US hegemony could be a global race to build or acquire nuclear weapons.
- Jane McAdam at the Brookings Institution examines how the international system may deal with the problem of states that disappear entirely due to rising sea levels.
- Basel Kayyali, David Knott, and Steve Van Kuiken of McKinsey & Company argue that if the healthcare sector is to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by big data it must use the technology not only to reduce costs but also to improve healthcare outcomes. They identify five paths forward, which they briefly title “right living, right care, right provider, right value, and right innovation.”
- The BBC compiled a group of forecasts covering the next century and had Ladbrokes calculate the odds of the forecast occurring. Uber-tech analyst Brian Wang then tweaked several of the forecasts and offered his own predictions and timeframes.
- Get ready for iRadio. Apple and Universal Music have signed an agreement for streaming radio. Moving in to areas that were dominated by newcomers, like Pandora, expect to see a major shift in radio entertainment and devices.