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Wellness, in today’s context, is much more than diagnosing and curing poor health or diseases. It is a multidimensional and holistic state of being that is conscious, self-directed, and constantly evolving. Trying to make sense of wellness in a world of rising healthcare costs, shortage of wellness professionals, and technological advances in everything from computing to genetics, gives rise to several pertinent questions. -- Will there still be any universally recognized concept of wellness? Or will it be hyper personalized to each individual's environments, genetics, and experiences? -- What will wellness look and feel like in the future? What will be the new indicators of wellness? -- As people experience enhanced wellness, will they become more self-aware and adopt additional experiences that will promote wellness? -- Will we be more in control of our well-being? Or will we stop caring in a world where every aspect of our person is closely and constantly monitored and serviced? -- As roles in the wellness ecosystem shift, what are the new well-being authorities and environments that will emerge? -- Will big data around wellness help create better early warning systems about potential pandemics? Or will there be a drive to protect and hide our personal wellness and risk profiles online? -- Will we ever be 'unwell', given all the new technologies to enhance (as well as prevent) wellness that will be in place? -- Will we prefer being looked after and treated by robotic care givers/surgeons? We attempt to answer these questions through 10 current trends we have identified, which will impact the course of wellness in the future. Download the Wellness in 2050 Infographic - http://www.slideshare.net/UXTrendspotting/wellness-in-2050

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  • A vision for 2050 Future of Wellness
  • INTRODUCTION Wellness, in todays context, is much more than diagnosing and curing poor health or diseases. It is a multidimensional and holistic state of being that is conscious, self-directed, and constantly evolving. Trying to make sense of wellness in a world of rising healthcare costs, shortage of wellness professionals, and technological advances in everything from computing to genetics, gives rise to several pertinent questions. Will there still be any universally recognized concept of wellness? Or will it be hyper personalized to each individual's environments, genetics, and experiences? What will wellness look and feel like in the future? What will be the new indicators of wellness? As people experience enhanced wellness, will they become more self-aware and adopt additional experiences that will promote wellness? What Is the Future of Wellness? Will we be more in control of our well-being? Or will we stop caring in a world where every aspect of our person is closely and constantly monitored and serviced? As roles in the wellness ecosystem shift, what are the new well-being authorities and environments that will emerge? Will big data around wellness help create better early warning systems about potential pandemics? Or will there be a drive to protect and hide our personal wellness and risk profiles online? Will we ever be 'unwell', given all the new technologies to enhance (as well as prevent) wellness that will be in place? Will we prefer being looked after and treated by robotic care givers/surgeons? We attempt to answer these questions through 10 current trends we have identified, which will impact the course of wellness in the future.
  • + + + ++ Wellness Trends Engineered Environments Evolutionized Neo-styled Life Smarter Intake Closing The Loop Predictive Prevention TechKnowlogy Customized Care Crowdsourced Fitness Gamified
  • Environments will be designed to motivate users to lead healthy lives with the help of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, consciously and subconsciously Changes in lifestyle will lead to a significant overlap between life at home, at work, and in other environments. Clear-cut demarcations of time and space for work and play will diminish Health measurements will no longer take place only in hospitals and traditional health spaces, but increasingly in all spaces that humans inhabit Engineered Environments Changing habits and nudging behaviors through environments TREND 1
  • A combination of advanced materials are being incorporated into buildings to help remove harmful pollutants from the air, creating safer and more enjoyable places for people to work and live in. http://www.slideshare.net/PSFK/the-future-of-cities- 27145532 Living Walls Work with Work-out Brooklyn Boulders Somerville provides a combination climbing gym and collaborative workspace in Somerville, Massachusetts. The space has also played host to corporate meetings (companies like Puma and Vita-Coco) and a hackathon to develop fitness-related applications. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023162/at-this-coworking- space-in-a-climbing-gym-you-can-do-pull-ups-at-your- standing-desk#2 EXAMPLES SUPPORTING THE TREND
  • Ecological Cities Bo01 in Malmo, Sweden, is a recently developed sustainable district, where: Consumption of resources is minimized by wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and a biogas plant Residents are encouraged to regularly check their energy consumption on information panels installed in each home Paths and cycle tracks have been given high-priority as has the use of healthy materials in the dwellings and surroundings http://www.dac.dk/en/dac-cities/sustainable-cities/all-cases/master- plan/malmo-bo01---an-ecological-city-of-tomorrow/ Compact Farming In an effort to bring city centers closer to their food sources, developers and architects are experimenting with farms and gardens that maximize yield within a limited amount of space. http://www.slideshare.net/PSFK/the-future-of-cities-27145532
  • Fitness Furniture Designer Lucie Koldova has transformed both a table and a wardrobe into an exercise gym. Offering various combinations and workout suggestions it is an all-round gym experience. http://www.luciekoldova.com/projects/home -fitness Human-powered Street Lighting The Citilite lamps by Zhongren Zhang will use electricity generated through outdoor fitness facilities to: Save a significant amount of public energy spending Motivate a healthier life style for individuals Enhance community awareness of green energy http://www.coroflot.com/ericzzr/CitiLite-20 Obesity Fighting Chair The Gymygym desk chair improves circulation, promotes spine alignment, and helps reverse the evils of sedentary desk jobs. http://www.gymygym.com/
  • People will be able to aspire to immortality, and take on any technology enhanced avatar (mental, physical, emotional) depending on their needs. Evolutionized Challenging the natural pace of human evolution through genetic engineering and transhumanism TREND 2
  • Augmented Humans Future citizens of Earth will have bio-tech and technology enhancements at their fingertips. Augmenting one's own body for physical or mental advantages will be as easy as putting on or taking off cosmetics. http://www.nextnature.net/themes/augmented-bodies/ Nano Bots Nano robots will patrol our bodies and destroy disease as it breaks out, or repair diseases before birth. A century or more from now, cancer may well be a thing of the past; so will other genetic disorders. http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/world-150-years- from-now-130702.htm EXAMPLES SUPPORTING THE TREND
  • Robo Doc Machine learning systems will be cheaper, more accurate and objective, and also effectively replace 80% of doctors simply by being better than the average doctor. www.impactlab.net/2012/09/11/technology-will-replace-80- of-doctors-vinod-khosla/ Live Forever The nanotechnology revolution will decrease cell deterioration and extend human lifespan in the future. Ray Kurzweil's hypothesis further states that this will be not just be life extension, but life expansion. We will lead longer and also more healthy and vital lives. http://www.macleans.ca/society/life/how-nanobots-will- help-the-immune-system-and-why-well-be-much-smarter- thanks-to-machines-2/
  • Rise of the New Species Paleontologist Peter Ward speculates that a new species of humans will emerge through genetic engineering. In time, scientists will modify our genomes to design superhuman progeny with any combination of desirable traits- intelligence, health, athletic prowess, longevity, and more. www.livescience.com/5859-future-evolution.html
  • To counter the stress and isolation of technology saturated lives, we will develop novel ways of reconnecting with our primal nature New-age community activities will bring people back to real life, face-to-face interactions Living formats will be redesigned to help us stay close to nature and be in touch with our spiritual core Neo-styled Life Finding unique new ways to return to innocence TREND 3
  • Disconnecting Faraday Zones, or hang-out zones that offer the opportunity to be beyond reach, will find mainstream acceptance on trains, planes, and automobiles, as well as in public spaces like libraries and cinemas. www.frogdesign.com/techtrends2014/?utm_campaign=Tech +Trends+2014 Neo Emotions A neo-emotional system will extend and modify outdated emotions to better suit modern situations, culture, and technologically-enabled existence. http://www.transhumanism.org/index.php/th/more/701/ EXAMPLES SUPPORTING THE TREND
  • Community-building Sports Largescale participatory sports events like Tough Mudder and other mud runs are gaining success because of the inter-personal interactions they promote. They also create a sense of community and belonging between like-minded people. http://breakingmuscle.com/strength- conditioning/the-future-of-fitness-who-will- win-the-gym-wars Future Sound of Yoga The Future Sound of Yoga is a concept created by husband and wife DJ and yogi team, Angel and Matt Singman. The juxtaposition of futuristic music with the ancient art of yoga helps create a new meditative experience. http://www.futuresoundofyoga.com/What_is_it.html Back to the Roots Primal Move helps us relearn basic natural movements in a scientific and play-oriented way, for an overall sense of well-being. Through Primal Move workouts, our bodies gain flexibility, remove pain, repair and prevent injury, and build strength and skills. http://primalmove.com/
  • Consuming food that could lead to the onset of diseases or health issues will be a problem of the past Smarter food options will be developed, with edible items classified based on the body type they are suited for 3D printed food will ensure micro-customization of dietary needs Smarter Intake Consuming according to your body's unique needs + + + TREND 4
  • Meat Alternatives Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods ar