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Deep Shift

Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact

World Economic Forum,

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Digital connectivity is not only enhancing our lives, but reshaping society as we know it.

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In March 2015, the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society surveyed more than 800 experts in information and communication technology about the “tipping points” or “moments when specific technological shifts [will] hit mainstream society.” The report summarizes when the respondents think these tipping points will become part of everyday life and details the positive and negative prospects that these trends pose. getAbstract recommends these accessible findings to anyone interested in how their lives will look by 2025.


Software advancements are leading the way for tremendous shifts in society and the economy. Driverless cars, smart cities and pocket-sized supercomputers are just some of the transformations set to become part of daily life in the next decade.

By 2023, people’s digital presence will go from having an email address and mobile phone number to having a presence across multiple platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and many more. This presence creates the opportunity for the free and open exchange of information...

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The Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, an interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on critical global, regional and industrial issues.

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