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By Dr Stefan Hajkowicz and Dave Dawson, from Data61's Strategic Insights team

This report explores plausible futures using methods of strategic foresight pioneered at CSIRO's Data61. We explore the coming decade of digital disruption through the lens of six interlinked megatrends using a Venn diagram to emphasise their interconnectedness. A megatrend is a significant shift in environmental, economic and social conditions that will play out over the coming decades. The concept was introduced by US professor John Naisbitt in his best-selling book of the same title in the early 1980s. Today's megatrends are widely used by large organisations, particularly in the technology sector, to describe trajectories of change taking us toward a new and different future.

The report explores:

  1. Smarter machines
  2. Data driven
  3. Reinventing work
  4. Burning platforms
  5. Digital dilemmas
  6. Invisible technology

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