The amount of car brands that explore alternatives for car ownership is increasing rapidly. Manufacturers are starting to see the urgency to experiment with business models that are focused on car as a service rather than car ownership.
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From the beginning of September up until now, shareNL has functioned as my personal training ground. I could put the skills I learned during my study International Lifestyle Studies into practice, working on several trend research- and concept development projects. Of course this immediate change from being a student to being a full-time intern came with some challenges. After all, real business cases never turn out the way you read in your text books. However all of those bumps along the road and 'firsts' I experienced in the past 5 months taught me some very important lessons. With the slogan 'sharing is caring' in mind, I will share these lessons with you in my story as an intern.
In order to determine what way a future with Artificial Intelligence is going, it is important to first look at the things we see happening in society as a whole. We looked out for products and services with future potential and connected them to shared values to spot trends. These trends are focussed on the near future since the first signs of them are already visible in the world we know today. Nonetheless they might become bigger over time as the drivers behind them evolve. For now, let’s see what is ahead is of us starting with; A human form of tech!
The World Economic Forum’s Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to “Sharing Economy” has just been released. We as shareNL contributed to this whitepaper that addresses key terminology, motivation and benefits, and both the opportunities and challenges that cities encounter when approaching the new models of sharing. The different case studies from cities around the world – including Seattle, London, New York, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Kigali (Rwanda), Seoul, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Kamaishi (Japan) – show how sharing is transforming citizens’ lives, boosting social cohesion and even protecting the environment.
Although there are already plenty of examples of success stories of Artificial Intelligence, there still are a lot of challenges that this new technology is facing or, in a near future, will have to face. For this blogpost in our series 'A future with AI' we talked to experts with different perspectives to get a clear view of what these challenges are and will be. We discovered that the challenges could be categorized into two groups. Some of these challenges have to do with the optimization of the technology itself, while others relate to the actual implementation. Let’s dive into what bumps we can expect along the future road of Artificial Intelligence.
We tend to underestimate the speed of how new technologies will revolutionize the Sharing and Platform Economy and society as a whole. We, shareNL, see an urgent need to start a conversation on these topics to seize all the opportunities they offer and also to address the applicable challenges . This is why we decided to dive in to Artificial Intelligence. In this short series of blogposts we will take you on a journey through the world of AI with its definition, its challenges, future trends and scenarios.