“Science is moving so fast, we might one day soon be able to architect a ‘lighter-than-air’ jet – just like that of Wonder Woman!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
Boron-nitride nanotubes. The idea has been around since 1994, but in 2016, just before I went on stage to keynote the Precision Metalforming Association annual conference, I came across an article in the Toronto Star:
“The unprecedented combination of strength, lightness and transparency of BNNTs lets the imagination run wild. Could it be possible to make a plane with transparent fuselage, something similar to Wonder Woman’s invisible, blast-proof jet?”
That caught my attention! And thus was born trend number 9 of my ’19 Trends for 2019’ – The Acceleration of Science and New Materials
Pure science is exponentiating because of the connectivity of the Internet. Ideas are shared faster than ever before; new discoveries rocket around the universal mind at a speed not in existence 20 years ago. Discoveries compound upon one another, resulting in an exponentiation of insight.
The result is the crazy can become normalized, the fantastic becomes routine, and the ridiculous becomes rational.
What’s the impact of these types of trends? Aside from the development of new products, there is a big impact in terms of how new products are actually produced, using new materials and assembled through 3D printing. Many of the manufacturing events that I keynote include a focus on the fast emerging new substances and materials that let companies pursue advanced additive manufacturing strategies.
The future is happening faster than you think. That is the context in which you must innovate for the future – because one day, you will wake up and realize that the ideas that once seemed way out of the norm have become normalized!
You might as well get ahead of the future, before it gets ahead of you.