Deep Shift: 21 Ways Software Will Transform Global Society
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World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society
Software has the potential to drastically change our lives.
Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society set out to help people prepare for changes enabled by software. We found 21 examples of these that will have farreaching impacts on human health, the environment, global commerce and international relations. We are entering a time of momentous societal shifts brought on by advancements in software. These changes will impact people around the world. Inventions previously seen only in science fiction, such as artificial intelligence, connected devices and 3D printing, will enable us to connect and invent in ways we never have before. Businesses will automate complicated tasks, reduce production costs and reach new markets. Continued growth in internet access will further accelerate change.
This report is a small first step in understanding the changes that lie ahead in an effort to help people around the world better understand and prepare for these shifts.