Here are the four different versions of the future PwC vividly describes:
Red World: Close to a high-tech Wild West, it’s a perfect incubator for innovation, but fights over intellectual property claims are frequent and protracted because regulation lags far behind technology.
Blue World: Corporations are more powerful than some nation states and the preference of the “haves” take precedence over the long-term good of the planet. Think “Blade Runner,” “Robocop,” or the 1980s.
Green World: Corporate responsibility is a business imperative, and trust is the currency that underpins employment.
Yellow World: Humans come first—so much so that there is a “Made by Me” mark of quality for products where no machines were involved in the production. People band together by skill, and artificial intelligenis relegated to dangerous or repetitive back-office tasks.
With faux news articles, product announcements, and first-person profiles of a typical worker in these alternate realities, the authors marry the facts-based method of business reporting with the imagination of science fiction to illustrate not just what’s possible, but what’s probable depending on the choices we, as business leaders and as citizens, make. They know that the future—the near-future, they remind us—will be a mix of all of these worlds, but which version becomes dominant is up to us.
When it comes to getting ready for whatever shape our brave new world will take, PwC writes, “Remember that your starting point matters as much as your destination; the best response may mean radical change, or perhaps just a few steps from where you are today. Your resulting strategy will inevitably mean a combination of obvious, ‘no regrets’ actions and the occasional, educated leap of faith.”
Source: Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030, PwC 2018