A once-in-a-decade report from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, identifies seven global megatrends that hold the key to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
With an outlook to 2042, Our Future World revisits CSIRO’s ground-breaking 2012 report of the same name, exploring the geopolitical, economic, social, technological and environmental forces unfolding around the world, predicting their likely impact on Australia’s people, businesses and governments.
The seven global megatrends are: Adapting to climate change; Leaner, cleaner and greener; The escalating health imperative; Geopolitical shifts; Diving into digital; Increasingly autonomous and Unlocking the human dimension.
CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said megatrends help us to understand the challenges and massive opportunities that will shape our future. He said the next wave of digital innovation will generate up to $15 trillion globally and that Australia can tap into this to transform existing jobs, creating new jobs and wealth while leveraging Artificial Intelligence to solve some of our greatest challenges.
The CSIRO report says global demand for protein is increasing, particularly across Asian nations. This demand will be met by conventionally farmed protein sources, as well as new protein alternatives which are more resource-efficient to produce (for example, plant-based meats, edible insects, seaweed). Alternative proteins are expected to make up around 22% of the world’s protein market by 2035, and sales of plant-based meats could reach $3 billion in Australia. More... Source: CSIRO | Related: CSIRO chief talks about the science megatrends we are up against Source: National Press Club of Australia / ABC News | Photo: CSIRO