The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub, with the support of CORE Innovation Hub, invites you to a discussion with Prof Ray Wills, energy futurist and co-author of the recent report Lithium Valley: Establishing the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in Western Australia.
The adoption of smarter technologies - including cleantech, automation, robotics and 3D printing - in homes, businesses and industry globally connected through social media and smart devices including wearables, is changing the world and the way we interact with family, friends and customers, and much faster than (almost) anyone imagined.
Our experience of markets in the last 30 years tells us what to expect when disruptive technologies hit, how quickly new successful technology rushes through the economy, washing the old way of doing things from memory.
Those that can see trends early can better prepare to take advantage of them. They can also help shape the broader context, with an understanding of how developments in other industries may affect them. Those that track emerging trends are adept at collaborating with those in other fields to plan ahead.
While many patterns will come to nothing – identifying changes that fundamentally impact the future can help identify what happens next — or at least allow you to be less surprised by what else might develop.