Stephen Downes

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This article references an Accenture report (107 page PDF) which, after 17 pages of pandering to 'leaders', actually offers some interesting insights into future tech trends. The format reminds me a lot of the Horizon Reports, but with more specific predictions and a mechanism to relate past predictions with current predictions. The idea of a 'digital twin' is to create " virtual replication of a real-world entity, like a plane, manufacturing plant, or supply chain," though as Laura Hilliger suggests, we didn't really need a new term for what is an old idea. The Accenture report uses the Apollo 13 simulations as an example, and we also saw the same concept used in The Martian. The other four concepts are strategic stacks, the democratization of technology, bring your own environment, and multi-party systems.

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