Patricia Martin has just released her trend report for the coming year.

To our endless delight, this marks the 7th issue of the annual Trend Report. This year’s report doubles down on the digital culture. Driverless cars are running stoplights. Amazon delivers packages via autonomous drones. Skype uses real-time translation powered by AI for its video chats. The rise of machine thinking raises the question: Where does human talent fit into the picture? In search of answers, this report looked at the topic of talent across boundaries—art, culture, travel, entertainment, technology, and social enterprise. Next, we looked upward, to people’s aspirations. There we found the emotional depth and exuberance that give this report its heartbeat. You’ll want to know some of what we learned about the aspirations that are motivating people and unlocking opportunity. As technology advances, who will prosper? []

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