Business of Well

The big business with wellbeing

The global market for cosmetic products is expected to reach over USD 800 billion by 2023. But it is not just this industry that is booming: the pursuit of personal wellbeing in any situation is the standout trend of our time. This is demonstrated by the report "The Big Business of WELL", published by New York-based strategy consultancy WSL. Results from the report will be presented here and at the GDI on 10 May 2019.

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Aleksandra Przegalinska

Key-takeaways from the 15th European Trend Day

From attention hacking to artificial intelligence that recognises human emotions better than we humans do: at the GDI Trend Day 2019, thought leaders and innovative founders discussed the new interfaces of communication. A summary.

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David J Linden

GDI Trend Day speaker David J. Linden: “The human nervous system has at least 10 senses”

When will virtual reality games be directly linked to our nerves, and why does pain feel bad? Neuroscientist David J. Linden knows. On 13 March, the US American will speak at the GDI Trend Day.

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Ran D. Balicer

AI: "In 12 hours, you'll have a heart attack."

Ran D. Balicer, professor at Ben Gurion University, is sure that the days of the know-it-all doctor are numbered. In a TED talk and at the GDI conference «The Power of Predictions», the physician explains how his algorithm can make increasingly accurate and individual predictions about the course of diseases.

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José del R. Millán

Plug-in for the brain

Through his work on Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI), EPFL Professor José R. del Millán helps people with physical disabilities live more independently. In an interview with the GDI, the researcher discusses BCIs and whether they could be hacked.

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Wendy Liebmann

Wendy Liebmann: "It's all about a new dynamic social movement to be well"

Wendy Liebmann knows what customers in the USA and South Korea really want. The CEO of New York based consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail gives insights into her latest survey results – here and at the GDI conference "Eternity Now" on 10 May 2019.

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Anjan Chatterjee

Ideals of beauty from the Ice Age

Attractive people are favoured. Why? Surprisingly, it’s not because of the perceived superficiality of the Internet age. Neurology professor Anjan Chatterjee explains more in a TED talk.

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"Every thought results in physical change"

In traditional medicine, the role of the mind is usually disregarded. But that’s a biased way of looking at things, according to science journalist Jo Marchant. In her book "Cure", she explains how beliefs shape health.

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Stefano Mancuso on intelligent plants

In this video interview Stefano Mancuso, Professor and Lead, International Laboratory for Plant Neurobiology at the University of Florence, describes, how plants interact with each other and what we can learn from them.

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The European Trend Day 2018 in a nutshell

From LSD short trips to the selfie generation: at the 14th European Trend Day, internationally renowned guests spoke about the growing markets of self-optimisation. A summary.

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Robotics and Disabilities

High-tech against blindness: microchip implants

When people become contours and car headlights become bright spots: the disease retinopathia pigmentosa causes the optic nerves to slowly die off. However, researchers are working on a technology to activate the remaining healthy nerve endings by means of electrical stimulation.

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“Calm technology“ – technology for the peace of mind

Technology should be a functional part of our life and not constantly interrupting our daily routine. This is what Amber Case says in a video that was recorded at the 67th International Retail Summit at GDI.

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3D-printed prosthesis

With 3D printers becoming maintream, we will be able to manufacture more and more products ourselves, even prostheses which today can be very expensive if they are manufactured by big companies in small quantities. The GDI study "Robotics and Disabilities" shows projects and startups that are already today producing ready-to-wear prostheses.

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