How to best prepare in 2021 for the digital overhaul of the GeoTech decade


The GeoTech Decade is planned in the May 2021 publication Report of the Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data (GeoTech Commission) by the non-profit GeoTech Center (GTC) of the Atlantic Council. The report is an important resource for your digital situation room / innovation center.

What to do?

With accelerated changes occurring daily, driven by technological innovation, it is essential for leaders to harness diverse, multi-stakeholder information in their digital situation rooms – innovation hubs driving creative solutions.

Companies need innovation centers to stay ahead of the curve in integrating these transformations. These become digital remodeling situation rooms. The objective: actively monitor and detect the signals of radical changes, anticipate and carry out experiments to be integrated into planning and pilots.

According to my knowledge of more than 100 global programs, the next ten years will bring about more profound technological changes than during the last 10,000 years. These will impact everyone. Not just about technologies and jobs, but about cultures, societies, governments, the way we think, how our children grow up – every aspect of our lives will change. The major breakthroughs will be the aggregation of the confluence of the Internet of Things, from 5G / 6G to cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, new 3D chips, quantum computing and much more. You’ve seen a lot in the news, but it’s going to accelerate, which means companies need to anticipate the implications of edge computing, the digitization of your workforce / your consumers, your interactions with government, other companies, etc. at. One example is the rapid transformation of health care – changes expected in ten years, occurring in one year.

On the eve of the GeoTech Decade – Global changes requiring action – integrated lessons, resources, tools, information

Since 2016, we have been living the 4th Industrial Revolution (World Economic Forum, WEF). The hallmarks were the acceleration of innovation in the digital, biological and physical realms.

This has evolved in several areas of our life with Society 5.0 (Japan) and Smart Humanity (KNVI, Royal Dutch IT Society).

This is highlighted in a global inflection point where deadlines are tight driven by various ideas. It is an unprecedented period of ecosystem change; generational, economic, cultural and societal change. i call that A Triple C or ACCC which is fundamentally grounded in technology and alignment on a global positive impact. This can be measured through the United Nations ESG (environmental, social, governance) and sustainable development (SDG) objectives.

This digital overhaul is catalyzed with ACCC, happening now, with HYPER:

Aautomation with IoT 40B, embedded nanometric sensors, AI including causality and the generalization of artificial intelligence

-Time VSompression in new innovations executed daily

VSonvergence in physical, digital and biological existences and accelerated post-COVID digital transformation

– ubiquitous seamless VSconnectivity powered by unlimited and unlimited computing capabilities, universal accessibility, cognitive enhancements and new computing paradigms

This Digital Reshaping generates new: services, products, economic models, governance systems, organizational models, operational reengineering; economic, political, societal and cultural changes.

Resources for your digital situation room

CBInsights regularly provides downloadable reports online. For example, their annual CBInsights AI100. Over the past three years, CBInsights Game Changers annual reports have showcased 34 game-changing trends with a sample of startups in the lead. Examples are Quantum AI and AI on the Edge (2019); Photon chips and AI transparency (2020); Smart tutoring and differential privacy (2021).

FEM (World Economic Forum) publishes its report on the future of employment. Their 2018 report covered the period 2018-2022, including skills and employment trends. What I found most valuable were the survey results on technology adoption across all major industries and over 15 technology categories. Their report in 2020 covered the period 2020-2025.

Reports from large consulting firms such as PwC, McKinsey, and government agencies, including those with ideas that may differ from your views. Examples here are the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends Report released in April 2021 and the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence report released in March 2021.

CEO keynotes from top companies for their flagship events.

Tools and resources from nonprofit CEO organizations. For example, the nonprofit, The Danish Management Society (VL), a community of over 4,000 business CEOs as well as government leaders and notable experts who started this journey three years ago and who now openly (freely) share tools and lessons:

-Material to facilitate workshops on UN Global Goals

-Use cases in UN workshops on Global Goals

-McKinsey & Company SDG Guide for Business Owners

-GGBN app (available for free from Apple and Google app stores), Global Goals Navigator for business leaders

The management company started with: the UN Global Goals – a competitive factor; it evolved into a responsible business – a competitive advantage; in 2021, Digital Reshaping.

Reports from over 50 major think tanks. The recent example released in May 2021 are the continuous world revolutions that are now running as The decade of geotechnology defined by the Atlantic Council (CA) Report of the Commission of the GeoTech Center (GTC) 2021 – Report of the Commission on the geopolitical impacts of new technologies and data (GeoTech Commission).

Further into the GeoTech decade – a sneak peek

The report comes in the midst of the “geotechnical decade,” in which new technologies and data capabilities will have a disproportionate impact on geopolitics, economy and global governance. However, no nation or international organization has created the appropriate governance structures necessary to tackle the complex and destabilizing dynamics of emerging technologies. As a result, new approaches are needed to develop and deploy critical technologies, cultivate human capital, restore confidence in national and global governance, and set standards for international cooperation. The report’s recommendations are designed to ensure the leadership of multinational allies in science and technology; ensuring the reliability and resilience of physical and IT supply chains, infrastructure and the digital economy in general; improve the protection of global health; ensuring commercial space operations of public interest; and create a digitally fluid and resilient workforce.

The main recommendations of the report include:

  • Global leadership in science and technology: Develop a technological strategy for national and economic security
  • Secure data and communications: Strengthen the national cyberstrategy implementation plan and accelerate the operationalization of quantum information technologies
  • Increased confidence and confidence in the digital economy: Demonstrate AI Improvements in Public and Private Service Delivery
  • Supply chains and system resilience ensured: Expanding federal oversight of supply chain insurance
  • Continuous protection of global health and global well-being: Launch a global pandemic surveillance and alert system
  • Space operations assured of public utility: Strengthening the security of commercial space industry facilities and space assets
  • The future of work: Creating the workforce for the GeoTech Decade and equitable access to opportunities

David Bray, Executive Director, noted:

“The work of the bipartisan GeoTech commission spanned 14 months, representing the consensus of public and private sector leaders on practical steps for Congress, the White House, the private sector, universities and like-minded countries. The sophisticated, but potentially fragile, data and technology systems that now connect people and nations mean that we must embed resilience as a fundamental pillar of modern life. It is imperative that we promote strategic initiatives that use data and technology to amplify the ingenuity of people, the diversity of talent, the strength of democratic values, business innovation and the reach of global partnerships.

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