Category: The Future Series

Digital Transformation: Heard of It?

There may be no hotter topic in the business world than the idea of digital transformation. We are awash in stories of 5G, AI, machine learning, the cloud and the hybrid cloud, and how this digital revolution is transforming consumer behaviors, businesses and governments. Most of the discussion tends to be forward looking, so let’s take a look at the state of digital transformation today.

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Green Buildings Changing Cities

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system that provides a framework for building healthy, highly efficient and cost-effective green buildings. LEED may be applied to a wide range of building projects, including new buildings, interior rebuilds, building operations and management, and the core and shell of a building.

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Solving for Droughts and Wildfires

The current drought in the West ranks one of the driest periods in the last 1,200 years. By one estimate, nearly 98% of land across 11 Western states is abnormally dry, with more than 90% in some stage of drought. Worryingly, the top five states in population growth are in the West or Southwest, putting additional pressures on an increasingly scarce resource.

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Smart Cities: Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser

Smart cities use big data, cloud computing, edge technology and artificial intelligence to develop more sustainable practices to address the growing challenges of urban areas, while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of services, from trash collection and easing traffic congestion to filling potholes and improving energy and water distribution.

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The Future of Mental Health Therapies

There is much progress that still needs to be made, but the future of mental health is looking very promising, as technology and new drug research have opened up exciting new treatment possibilities, including the emergence of apps.

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