3M Futures: Top Trends in Science, Technology and Design | Technology

3M Futures: Top Trends in Science, Technology and Design | Technology
3M Futures: Top Trends in Science, Technology and Design 

Top Science, Technology, and Design Trends from 3M Futures

Within a hyperconnected world, 3M, the company that improves people's lives through science;  introduces 3M Futures, a new platform showcasing five global trends in science and technology that are shaping the world today and impacting the future.  The platform explores each with commentary and perspective from 3M experts, scientists, engineers and designers, each with a passion for their field and a personal interest in the broad applications of technology and science.

In addition, 3M Futures features third-party global research data from 11 countries to understand perceptions of major science, technology and design trends.

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Here are the 3M Futures Focuses for 2022

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

Mixed reality is already changing the way we live, work and play.  The metaverse is ready to change our perception of reality. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The way Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are revolutionizing everything from entertainment to business requires extensive conversations about its implications and ethics.

Sustainable Materials

The circular economy is introducing innovation in materials science and design, while transforming industry, ushering in a more sustainable future.

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The New Paradigm – A Conscious World

The pandemic has created a paradigm shift in the way we interact.  The new normal is here to stay, from telemedicine and health-conscious design to remote work.

Equity – Through Science and Technology

Equity, representation and equitable access to science and technology learning;  how the representation of minorities and the promotion of STEM careers in youth, are essential to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow.

"Day by day, 3M employees around the world are trying to discover what could be possible by exploring the latest trends in science and technology," says Marcelo Oromendia, Vice President of Country Governance for Brazil and Latin America.  "3M Futures is a great opportunity to showcase how our company is helping to shape the future: developing and designing cutting-edge solutions within the most relevant global trends, while profiling the incredible talent across our company."

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3M Futures Survey

The study conducted by 3M presents global perceptions of future technologies, with results from 11 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States and South Korea. The main findings include:

Science and Technology

Public health, humanitarian crises, extreme weather crises, a cure for Alzheimer's and ecological disasters, are considered the main problems that humanity must focus on during the next 5 years.

Mainstream Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is expected to become a normal part of everyday life before other developments, especially in gaming and entertainment.

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AI interests and concerns

The survey results showed that while people are excited about AI, many are concerned about data privacy and want more transparency about how the technology is used in society.


Top Environmental Threats: Respondents feel that single-use plastics are the biggest threat to the environment, ahead of fossil fuels and fast fashion.

Real life vs. Technology

In the shadow of the pandemic, tech-driven innovations are meeting with some resistance as many try to lessen the technology in their lives and seek out in-person socializing and hobbies.

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Following its launch, 3M Futures will feature ongoing stories, VR demos and content throughout the year.  The ideas from the survey will inform the exploration of future topics and content.

Source: Kunal Thakur, Direct News 99