David Houle

Shift/Transformation 2017-2037

David is a futurist providing trends and forecasts for businesses to use in planning their future. You can learn more about David on his website davidhoule.com.

His focus in this talk was on the two decades from 2017 to 2037 that is part of the first third of this century which he refers to as the Shift Age.

The reason he focused on the next two decades is that he feels “there will be more change in the next 20 years than in any 50-100 year period in history.”

We are in the Age of Climate Change when our physical landscapes will be altered through rising sea levels, extreme floods, droughts, and storms. Haven’t we seen this materialize in the last twelve months or so with floods in Houston and Florida and the west coast wildfires? Millions of people will need to leave their current location as rising waters force their evacuation unless something dramatically is done soon.

David also says we have entered the Age of Intelligence where AI or Artificial Intelligence will eliminate, he predicts, nearly 50% of all current jobs.