Welcome to this 30th issue of our newsletter “Weak Signals and other Trends”. Each week, I sift through hundreds of sources of inspiration to track where we’re heading. We discuss those trends and signals every Saturday at 9am EST on Clubhouse.
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Open source intelligence. Investigate domain names with this meta-search tool. Formulas to search Facebook. Googling for invisible words. Amazon’s Astro Robot Tracks Everything You Do. Google is redesigning Search ( and it will provide context for websites). Boolean search for LinkedIn. Dressed NOT for Success. Search IoT or other online devices. MIT built a Google search to spot the most important tech innovations.
Illustrations and examples that show our industries and business models are changing…
Tesla applies to become an energy supplier in Texas. Amazon Struts Its Fashion Sense. America desperately needs 1 million more construction workers. Lithium and the great raw material disconnect. TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do. Evergrande and the ripple effect. Ready for the solar storm ? How a housing downturn could wreck China’s growth model. The dollar store is officially dead.
Further apart. Probable futures. Sailcoop aims to connect those underused boats with people looking for alternatives to air travel. The speed of efficiency has had consequence on the rest of society. Winged Microchips Glide like Tree Seeds. Bain’s annual tech trends report. Climate Change Could Force 216 Million People to Migrate Within Their Own Countries by 2050. Samsung and Harvard hope to ‘copy-paste’ brain onto a memory chip. Melding humans and machines.
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Weak signals are indicators of a change, a trend or an emerging risk that might become significant for the future. They allow us to run hypothesis, expand our thinking, and challenge assumptions. How will you interpret those in your industry or field of expertise?
Remote photo shooting. Mind games and plotters. The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was. The SkyArcher Handheld Drone Inhibitor. The students who did not know how to use folders. Transfer Files via Sound ID. SWISS partners with Too Good To Go for inflight sales of leftover food. China’s Hot New Rental Service: Men Who Actually Listen. National Guard To Mitigate A School Bus Driver Shortage. The countries’ biggest public companies. An Aston Martin for children. Love hotels are blossoming in India. 7-Eleven is hosting a “social media influencer training camp”. Tinder partners with Spotify to generate custom dating playlists. Heinz Creates ‘Plantable’ Ketchup Labels. PlantLife grows a social network for plant parents.
Join us to discuss those trends and signals every Saturday at 9am EST on Clubhouse. We have a panel of futurists that illustrate what those signals might mean, and an enlightened group of curious minds in the room.
Down the rabbit hole
This is a new section. It highlights a subject that lead me to many useful threads, or a single site, that opened many doors.
Try Marginalia, a serendipity search ( I typed “food” and ended up reading about Provisions the Queen allows each Sea-man).
Articles for the curious mind …
The effects of remote work on collaboration among information workers. The geriatric millennial. The resignation syndrome. The Offensive Language Summary 2021. Tracking stolen crypto. The Endless Life Cycle of Book Cover Trends. Brands labelling of shades creates biases. The housing theory of everything. Synthetic biology.
The Myth and Magic of Generating New Ideas, and this quote:
An initial period of concentration—conscious, directed attention—needs to be followed by some amount of unconscious processing. Mathematicians will often speak of the first phase of this process as “worrying” about a problem or idea. It’s a good word, because it evokes anxiety and upset while also conjuring an image of productivity: a dog worrying a bone, chewing at it to get to the marrow—the rich, meaty part of the problem that will lead to its solution.
I like to discover new words, this week, I read about Whorfianism ( here with the effect on color cognition).
Extract vocals and instrumentals from any song. Spot the language. Improbable research. Street Complete finds incomplete and extendable data in your vicinity and displays it on a map as markers. A visual database of all wind turbines in the US and I think it is beautiful. The world’s greatest freediver. She’s an 98 year-old Ethiopian nun making genre-defying music.