Thematic’s for Cambrian Innovators


Primary user research and STEM are historically leveraged more frequently for trans-formative innovation, but market themes are usually backed by broader political, economic or social change and historically have created larger waves of disruption.

A few of my top thematic picks for Cambrian change agents who are just a click away from all those hipster codifiers and their virtual machines.

3D Printing (DNA, CRISPR Cells, Organs, Clothes, Food)
Alternative Currencies, Shadow Economies, High Frequency Traders, Microfinance
Artificial Intelligence (Predictive Algorithms, Machine Learned logic, Bio-Mimicry)
Augmented Reality (Singularity, Super Intelligence, Deep Learning)
Big Data (Actionable Analytics, Miners, Brokers, Continuous Streams, Data Journalism)
Cloud (Virtualization, Automation, Orchestration, Disintermediation)
Content Curation (Collaborative Filters, Analytically Predicted, Machine learned)
Contextual Awareness (Proximity, Dwell, Facial Recognition, Panel Indexed Behaviors)
Combinatorial Innovation (reconstruction of value chains, task brokers)
Digital Rights & Policies (PII, Privacy, Transparency, Data Life Cycle, Brokering, Collection)
Everybody Codes (scratch,, udacity, eLance, oDesk)
Holocracy (the disruption of matrixed organizations)
Image Streams and Surveillance apps (Planes, Drones, Satellites, Stores, Poles, Homes, Work)
Industrial Internet (Advanced manufacturing, Frictionless supply chain)
Internet of Things (M2M, Telemetry, Connected Home, Connected Cars)
Knowledge Graph 2.0 (Mobile Context, Mobile Semantics)
Mobile Payment (POS Devices, API, Apps & Fulfillment Platforms)
Nano Everything (Tubes, Fibers, Particles, Composites, Graphene, Sapphire Crystals)
Open Everything (Open Compute, OpenStack, OpenIDEO, GIT Hub, Open Data)
Object Based Storage (software defined)
Pervasive Computing (Devices, Sensors, Robotics, Drones, Wearables)
Platform Learning (Blackboard, Prezi, Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, EdX, Lynda, Kahn Academy)
Programmable Networks (SDN, NFV, vEPC, OpenStack)
Programmatic Advertising (RTB, Mobile Context, Multichannel Attribution Models)
Quantifiable Self (mHealth and mWellness services and technologies)
Retail 2.0 (mobile click & collect, mobile beacons, interactive store displays)
Second Screen (Simultaneous, Sequential usage, Complementary data, Companion apps)
Shared, Gift, Barter Economies (homes, cars, luxury brands, services)
Smart Car (Connected, Self-Driving, Data Enabled)
Smart Home (Connected, Automated, Sensor’d and Surveilled)
Social Graph 2.0 (federated apps, social capital, trust brokers, anonymity)

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