The future and world trend
By 2050, human society will require two times the Earth’s resources
According to United Nations’ estimates, the global population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050. In addition, the population will continue to concentrate in urban areas, and the global urban population will reach 6.3 billion (1.8 times more than the current*1 population). As a result, the consumption of resources in urban areas will increase even further, and it is assumed that greenhouse gas emissions may increase by 1.5 times, and the demand for water, food, and energy may increase by 1.6 times to 1.8 times. If today’s urban lifestyle continues, by 2050, we will need twice the resources that the Earth can supply. In addition, many issues face the world, including natural disasters from global warming, economic disparities during the economic development process, increased terrorism, and crimes in the cyber and real worlds.
In order to build a sustainable society while coexisting harmoniously with the Earth, we must resolve these issues; ICT can help to resolve issues in many areas.
*1 From 2000 to 2010
Evolution of digital technologies leads to a revolution
In recent years, technologies have rapidly advanced in the fields of robots, drones, medical technologies, and biotechnologies. In the field of ICT, the digital technologies of AI and IoT are attracting attention. These technologies are major factors in promoting efficiencies, creating new value, and resolving issues by closely interconnecting the different information resources. In Japan, efforts have been made to realize Society 5.0, which will create new life value by merging the real world (physical world) and the cyber world. Thus, a Digital Transformation is taking place, which is accelerating the drastic changes in the essence of societies, economies, and the industrial structure through innovations achieved by digital technologies.
Efforts for the realization of secure, safe, efficient, and equal societies
NEC classified the global and social changes to be expected in the next ten years into six megatrends. These megatrends affect each other as a series of chain reactions. Because of the increasing complexity of the details and the increasing speed of the changing trends, it has become more difficult to predict the future. However, we consider it important to prepare for the future by grasping global-scale megatrends on a mid- to long-term basis and by identifying risks and opportunities.
Based on these megatrends, NEC devised The seven themes for social value creation, which are embodied in our Solutions for Society. These themes are harmonized with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the UN in terms of the establishment of goals based on social issues, and they have many components in common. Through co-creation with our customers and partners, we will work on these themes to realize secure, safe, efficient, and equal societies.
Chain of six megatrends
Global trend for the resolution of social issues
There has been a growing trend for the resolution of social issues across the world, including the UN. In the UN summit held in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, which consists of 17 objectives and 169 targets for the social issues of poverty, hunger, energy, climate change, and a peaceful society were formulated.