Friday, April 18, 2014

O Politician, behold The Shape of the Future

So, you’re a politician? You want to lead our country into a better future? You think the past cannot be relied on as an accurate predicator of the future of the country’s economy? You think the middle class deserve a better break than they’ve been given for the past decade or two?

And you think Canada definitely has to move away from being simple hewers of wood and drawers of water, and move to the forefront of the next few waves of technological advances?

Want some solid, take-it-to-the-bank, realistic ideas about where the most advanced economies are heading over the next few decades, and what type of massive changes will take place in our industries as a result?

Then read this article about a must-read study by Diginova of the future, and download the Diginova study itself for intense homework over the next few months.

This is what Diginova says their mission is:

The purpose of the Diginova coordinating work is to determine the current status and assess and promote the expected potential of Digital Fabrication for the future of materials research and manufacturing in Europe, taking the Diginova scope as a starting point. We will map key material innovation and application domains, identify key technology challenges and new business opportunities. We will identify and connect main stakeholders through establishment of innovation networks centered around concrete identified business cases, to determine the added value and feasible routes to commercialization.

The organization has a respectable parentage, and has produced a startlingly provocative study of the world-to-come.

This is what Dario Borghino says in his article on the Diginova study:

Diginova, a consortium of European companies and universities, has proposed a roadmap for how the manufacturing industry could fully benefit from the digital era over the next two decades. According to this vision, we are moving toward manufacturing highly customizable, on-demand goods that are locally produced from raw materials and globally distributed digital designs. This could lead to extreme product customization, decentralization of production and, perhaps surprisingly, much lower costs of everyday goods ranging from smartphones to medicine.

And that’s just for starters.

You can get a copy of Diginova’s study of the future from its site:

You can also get one from the above article.

If you know anyone remotely connected to a political party in Canada, then do them a favour by sending them a copy of this post – better still, send them a copy of the Diginova study itself.

If we don’t have political leaders who are able to prepare us for this coming industrial revolution, then our middle class is about to get their butts kicked far more painfully than last time.

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