March 23, 2012

Weekly Roundup: Megachange, meatouts and capitalist Cuba

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-CNBC excerpts chapters from the new book Megachange: The World in 2050, by Economist editors, spotlighting the gap between rich and poor, the age of emerging markets, the “social supercloud” and health care advances. They also examine the rise of big data, how demographics will threaten economies and other topics.

-A new Boston Consulting Group report examines the importance of the Internet to economies worldwide; the FT and Co.Design spotlight some key findings.

-The latest global survey from McKinsey Quarterly finds that executives are fairly optimistic about 2012, despite high oil prices and the eurozone crisis.

-The Economist reports that political dysfunction is holding India back from more robust growth. Meanwhile, Businessweek reports that Brazil is lagging behind the other BRIC nations in growth.

-The Economist looks at two books examining “frugal innovation” and how the trend is moving from East to West.

-With young Americans pinching pennies, reports Businessweek, marketers are suffering the consequences.

-A new report warns that water issues could destabilize parts of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia over the next decade, reports The New York Times.

-In a New York Times op-ed, history professor Susan J. Matt observes that despite modern technology that helps keep people connected, global mobility still comes at a cost of serious homesickness.

-An Economist special report explores Cuba’s slow move toward capitalism.

-A new U.S. government report finds that 4 in 10 women have never married, according to USA Today, a manifestation of our 2012 trend Marriage Optional.

-The Los Angeles Times spotlights the expanding market for meatless meals, while Time discusses the “Meatout” movement, manifestations of one of our 10 Trends for 2012, Food as the New Eco-Issue.

-Mashable spotlights how technology will transform the traditional classroom.

-Sweden is in the forefront of the trend toward a cash-free society, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

-The Economist looks at how brewers are racing to capture beer drinkers among Africa’s growing middle class.

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how pop-up restaurants are becoming “a multipurpose tool” for various restaurant industry players.

-A new U.S. report forecasts a spike in online movie watching in 2012, with views surpassing those for physical formats, CNN reports.

-The New York Times reports on the new phenomenon of comedians selling shows directly to fans online, cutting out TV networks and encouraging anything-goes content.

-A Hollywood Reporter poll examines the impact of social media on what entertainment people watch, reject and write about.

-A Pew report on the future of apps and the Web finds that tech experts and stakeholders believe mobile devices won’t drive a Web decline.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the “service robots” of the future and why they may not look anything like us.

-The U.S. FAA expects space tourism to be a $10 billion industry in a decade, Reuters reports.

- This week, JWTIntelligence released the report 15 Ways Mobile Will Change Our Lives, an overview of key mobile trends based on takeaways from the recent Mobile World Congress.

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