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We are moving into the digital world at an incredible rate. No industry sector is growing faster. In fact, the digital environment is quickly becoming an essential part across all industries.

The new report Digital in 2017 Global Overview, from We are Social and Hootsuite, reveals that more than half the world’s population is now using the internet. The report is a collection of over 100 data slides that look at the world of digital connectivity, covering the trends in internet, social media and devices for the coming year.

Some key points for the report include that over half of the world now uses a smartphone and almost two thirds of the world’s population have mobile phones. More than half of the world’s web traffic now comes from mobile phones and more than one in five of the world’s population shopped online in the last 30 days.

Another key point is the level of broadband connectivity on a world-wide scale. According to this report, more than half of all mobile connections in the world are now broadband. In Australia, the nbn is set to provide country wide connectivity by 2020.

A new report from Western Sydney University gen nbn: 2020 and beyond, provides an in-depth analysis into how advancements in technology and nationwide access to fast broadband will transform all aspects of the Australian way of life.

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The report was commissioned by nbn in December 2016 and highlights some of the key benefits of a connected Australia. It predicts advances in the Internet of Everything, rapid growth in medical innovations, migration away from cities as regional areas become more connected and jobs of the future driven by Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

The report can be downloaded from the University of Western Sydney website or visit the gen nbn website.

From fast broadband to automation, a future in robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning is set to transform the way we work. Automation will change the daily work activities of everyone, from miners and landscapers to commercial bankers, fashion designers, welders, and CEOs.

The McKinsey Global Institute has been conducting on ongoing research program on automation technologies and their potential effects. The report A future that works: Automation, employment, and productivity, highlights several key findings.

This report predicts a growth in productivity from automation from 0.8 to 1.4% from 2015 to 2065. The potential impacts of automation are in individual activities rather than entire occupations. Through an analysis of activities the report found that about half of the activities people are paid to do could potentially be automated.

Read a review of the report or download a copy from the McKinsey & Company website.