Top Trends In Science, Technology, And Design Via 3M Futures

Top Trends In Science, Technology, And Design Via 3M Futures
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3M introduces a new platform called 3M Futures which explores five forward-looking science and technology trends impacting the world today — and their implications for tomorrow.

3M launched 3M Futures, a new platform showcasing five global science and technology trends shaping the world today — and the future of tomorrow. The platform explores each topic alongside commentary and perspectives from 3M experts, scientists, engineers and designers at the forefront of their fields. 3M Futures also features data from global, third-party research conducted across 11 countries to understand perceptions of these top science, technology, and design trends.

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These are high on Singaporeans’ minds as the government looks to invest in 6G technology capabilities, AI research projects, increase integration of its healthcare IT ecosystem, and races to reach net-zero by mid-century, decades before its original target.

The 3M Futures Topics For 2022:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR): Mixed reality is already changing the way we live, work and entertain — the metaverse is poised to change our perceptions of reality.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): How artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionising everything from entertainment to business but require conversations about broader implications and ethics.
  • Sustainable Materials: The circular economy is introducing innovation in material science and design while disrupting industry, ushering in a more sustainable future.
  • The New Paradigm A Pandemic Aware World: The pandemic has created a paradigm shift in how we interact. From telemedicine and health-conscious design to remote work, the new abnormal is here to stay.
  • Equity Through Science and Technology: The greatest innovation comes from diverse thinkers. Equity, representation and equal access to science and technology learning, like minority representation and STEM in youth, are paramount to solving the challenges of today — and tomorrow.

“Every day, 3Mers in Singapore and around the world are unlocking the next phase of what’s possible and exploring the latest trends in science and technology,” said Mr Kevin McGuigan, Vice President and Managing Director, 3M South East Asia Region and Country Leader, Singapore. “3M Futures showcases how we will help shape the future, and contribute to Singapore’s technology, healthcare and sustainability priorities in 2022. Through developing, designing and engineering cutting-edge solutions, while leveraging the incredible talent across our company who are experts in their fields, we are driven with one purpose: to make progress possible.”

3M Experts

The expert contributors chosen to participate include an array of 3M scientists, engineers, designers and other leaders at the forefront of their industries. From artificial intelligence to equity, each is passionate about their field and has a personal interest in broad applications of the relevant technology and science.

3M Futures Survey

The 3M Futures Survey uncovers global perceptions of future technologies, with results from 11 countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, UK and USA. The survey uncovers what respondents believe future innovation should focus on across the globe and the ways they have — or have not — directly interacted with the technologies referenced across the five core trends.

Key findings include:
  • Science and technology – Public health, humanitarian crises, extreme weather crises, a cure for Alzheimer’s and ecological disasters are seen as the top problems to focus on over the next 5 years.
  • Mainstream Virtual Reality – Virtual reality is expected to be a normal part of our everyday lives sooner than other advancements, especially in gaming and entertainment.
  • AI interest and concerns – The survey results showed that while people are excited about AI, many are concerned about data privacy and want more transparency on how the technology is being used in society.
  • Sustainability – top environmental threats – Respondents feel single-use plastics are a bigger threat to the environment than fossil fuels and fast fashion.
  • Real life vs. tech – In the shadow of the pandemic, tech-driven innovations are being met with some resistance as many are trying to decrease tech in their life and seek in-person socialisation and hobbies.

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