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Robots, NFTs and culture clashes

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Futurist Earle Hall predicts the robotization of the large scale chains and a corporate culture clash when dealing with the revamped WFO policies. On the flipside, blockchain finds its purpose.

2021 was marked by sustained change due to the global pandemic. 2022 will be the start of the long-term recovery. However, the world has changed. Here are my predictions for 2022:

  1. Where did all the people go ? (prediction: Robotization)

A general theme around the globe over the past year is that many segments and industries are missing too many people. It seems the great resignation is a generalized trend and this is affecting the base of our society. There are not enough hospitality and restaurant, trucking, logistics, IT professionals and the endless list goes on.

Large chains such as McDonald’s are suffering. Thousands of sea containers sit in ports and ships are anchored offshore because transportation is not available and the global supply chain is compromised.

What is the solution? Simple and accelerating robotization. 2022 will see a massive acceleration in robotization to compensate for the great resignation.

  1. Blockchain Revolution (prediction: NFT)

A technology only finds traction when it finds purpose. Blockchain has found its purpose: NFT. 2022 will see blockchains accelerating as NFT digital assets are migrated from unsecure, easily copied mediums to the blockchain. From fashion to real estate and from digital music to virtual cemeteries, the migration to NFT will be fast and furious, sparking an intellectual property revolution.

  1. Remote Work gets lonely (prediction: Corporate Culture War)

2022 will see the genesis of the corporate cultural divide. As employees divide into three categories, (1) mostly at the office; (2) rarely at the office; and (3) never at the office, new cliques will emerge to forever change the corporate culture.

Remote workers will begin to complain that they are isolated from “the mostly” at the office and that the decisions, power and influence are happening inside “the mostly” at the office group.

This is a natural occurrence according to the principles of herd theory, as the members of the herd instinctively band together for safety and security and organize themselves from the most dominant.

As this natural occurrence emerges, the “never at the office” will feel isolated, ignored and out of the know. The “rarely at the office” will either disengage and continue to fuel the great resignation, or shift to the “mostly at the office” to ensure their ranking in the herd.

Earle Hall
Earle G. Hall, [email protected] • Vice-Chairman, International Gaming Standards Association • 2xTEDx • Veteran

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