Isobar’s report on ‘Augmented Humanity’ explores key trends

06 Dec,2017

By A Correspondent


Isobar predicts that 2018 will be the year of Augmented Humanity, a year where technology enhances and scales our most human attributes. In 2018, technological interfaces will become more natural and instinctive, technology will automate repetitive tasks to free up time for creativity and compassion, and artificial intelligence will meet emotional intelligence.


Jean Lin

Said Jean Lin, Isobar’s Global CEO: “Artificial intelligence is great, but humans score on emotional intelligence. The power of being human is in empathy. This cannot be automated or outsourced. Augmented Humanity will use technology to scale everything that is best and most powerful about human interaction.”



Shamsuddin Jasani

Added Shamsuddin Jasani, MD Isobar India: “It’s already clear that such technology will thrive in almost all businesses and will revolutionise the way we treat and manage specific services across sectors. The coming years will guide body augmentation competencies  in a number of ways that will empower humans to be smarter, stronger and more capable than they are today. In India, consumer technology has already taken a huge leap forward. Analytic practices are growing in density and companies are using machine learning and prognostic modelling to increasingly consider complex data sets.”


The report argues that we may one day view the era of anonymous, one-size-fits-all transactions as a temporary blip in our evolution, and that as technology advances it will become more human, not less. It will return us to a time where voice will be the primary way we interact with the world, where we will be recognized and rewarded in stores, and where we will buy more directly from trusted suppliers.


Isobar’s five key trends for 2018 explore this intersection of technology and humanity, magic and the machine, code and conscience:

– Body Talk explores the body as an interface, as our eyes and ears replace touching and tapping.

- Powered by People tackles the shift from customers to communities as technology turbocharges the sharing economy.

– The Economy of Me looks at the power of AI to deliver ever more personalised products, prices and places.

– The Ethical Algorithm tackles technology as a force for good; in a world of fake news and algorithm bias is there such a thing as moral code?

– The Makers and the Machines explores the extraordinary union of art and technology to create outputs we could never before imagine.



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