Presans Outlook 2017: Our Vision of the Future

This is how we upped our game at Presans in 2016 1. We reinforced our defining human asset: the Presans Fellows group. 2. We increased and deepened our expert pool by launching Sofia 3. 3. We developed our business by partnering with ADL on breakthrough innovation. The three megatrends we identified a year ago are still active Trend #1: An inflation and fragmentation of knowledge: new knowledge is being generated at an accelerated rhythm (for instance, five million scientific papers are published every year). In addition to this, this new knowledge is created in a multitude of entities of which the average size is decreasing. Thus, it is faster today to pick from this knowledge that has already been created

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Technological Museums Quest | 1. Getting started

Visiting the past of the future First off, here’s how Peter Thiel explains the concept of future: What makes the future distinctive and important isn’t that it hasn’t happened yet, but rather that it will be a time when the world looks different from today. In this sense, if nothing about our society changes for the next 100 years, then the future is over 100 years away. If things change radically in the next decade, then the future is nearly at hand. Humans don’t decide what to build by making choices from some cosmic catalog of options given in advance; instead, by creating new technologies, we rewrite the plan of the world. If we extend this idea to the past,

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Hero Question Quest | 1. Musil

“Who are your heroes?” — This is a question I never fail to ask in an interview. Some people like the question, some don’t. Why do I always ask it? First of all, the hero question is always a meta-question. Beyond any list of names, the way in which we relate to this question is in itself revealing. Some people freely acknowledge heroes. Others consider themselves to be driven by ideas. Some even think heroes are overrated and prefer books. Does it come down to a preference for the subjective vs. the objective? A writer who gave a lot of thought to this question is engineer / novelist Robert Musil, author of The Man Without Qualities — which, just from

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