very founder has a vision of the future,
if only to imagine a world in which
his or her company stands where there
once was a void. But some companies
will play a truly outsize role in determining what lies ahead for all of us.
We’ve identifed more than a dozen
such companies and technologies in the
package beginning on page 66. Executive director of editorial
Jon Fine and San Francisco bureau chief Jef Bercovici
teamed up to fnd founders and frms that are extending the
limits of what’s possible across several industries. Take, for
example, Fulcrum BioEnergy (page 96), a company that is
solving two problems at once by converting household waste
into jet fuel. Or theMednet (page 78), a brother-and-sister-led
frm that is opening up an entirely new communication
channel between doctors—with a huge potential for changing
how health care is delivered.
We’ve been reading for years about the efects that artifcial intelligence and robotics will have on the workplace.
A study released in September by the World Economic Forum
predicted that in 2025—just seven years from now—robots
will provide more than half of the work hours needed to
complete all tasks in the global workplace. That prediction
may be of, but, as contributors Tom Foster (page 17) and Matthew Yeomans (page 80)
explain, much more thinking needs to be devoted to the complex interaction of humans
and machines that will soon be commonplace for ofces and shop foors.
The scenarios raised by these stories and the paths they blaze toward an idealized
future are—like the path of a fast-growing business—rarely smooth. There will be reversals,
backlashes, and unintended consequences. Nonetheless, we’re excited to present this
vision of the future through the eyes of creative and ambitious founders. Like you.
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A sleep-deprived and overworked
Elon Musk is providing a very public
seminar in how not to conduct
business. Columnist Helaine Olen
(page 53) offers some advice
on how you can take care of
yourself—while you’re still taking
care of your business.