Summary of The World in 2019

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What trends will define 2019? Economist Films’ two-part analysis makes some bold forecasts, revealing business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs as well as the social movements that will sweep across the globe in 2019. Trend watchers who enjoy staying ahead of the curve will enjoy this compendium of predictions.

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Economist Films lists 10 events that will define 2019. In reverse order of impact, they are:

  1. “Powered clothing” – The “assist suit” – clothing with built-in robotics that mimic human muscles – will create buzz. The suit, which grants the wearer extra strength and support, will be popular among aging populations.
  2. “The year of cheap flights” – The cost of long-haul air travel will plummet due to competition between new megahub airports in Beijing and Istanbul. Prices will recover once airlines pass the inevitable costs of offsetting carbon emissions on to the consumer.
  3. “Stonewall riots at 50”

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