Looking to 2030: The world through the eyes of a 19-year-old

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Gabbi Coetzee, one of SA’s smartest young minds, joined Anchor as an intern during her break from studying at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania in the US. We asked her to give us her perspective on the future through the eyes of a 19-year-old. She also interviewed Anchor analysts and fund managers to get their perspectives on the subject.

It is spring in the year 2030. Your bedroom wakes you by opening the e-windows and playing your favourite playlist softly in the background. Your smart lighting is displaying your family vacation photos on the open wall. Your home is entirely integrated. Your greywater from the shower is automatically recycled, and the artificial intelligence (AI) in your closet announces your schedule for the day as you get dressed. Based on the chemical analysis from your smart toilet, your kitchen has prepared a breakfast tailored specifically to your nutritional needs. A driverless car is waiting outside to take you to work.

Clothes are connected to the internet. Meat that was grown and not slaughtered. Advertisements cater towards your biometric data. The 2020s are guaranteed to be a decade filled with technological advancements that humans have never dreamed of before. With all the improvements in AI, renewable energy, and transportation, the world will never look the same.

As a 19-year-old in today’s world, there are many things to consider when it comes to safeguarding your financial future. The world is changing rapidly, and the youth of today are eager to invest in technology and take risks with the hopes of possible profits. The youth are more aware of the world’s events and trends than ever before.

My name is Gabrielle Coetzee. I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program, studying Economics and International Studies. During the US summer break of 2021, I interned at Anchor in Johannesburg, South Africa (SA) and built this report. With the combination of my own research and the expertise of the people at Anchor, the following pages will delve into those trends that are predicted to change the world by 2030 and what people, especially the youth, can do about them.

We discuss five major categories: Electric vehicles (EVs), autonomous driving, renewable energy, drone delivery, and genomics. In each section, I will combine some of the latest news and predictions alongside expertise on what these trends mean, how to capitalise on them, and what Anchor itself has done to profit from the future.

The question of when this future will arrive is impossible to answer, but that does not mean that we cannot be a part of, and profit from, our transition into this new world. Opportunity lies in every corner during this decade and this report discusses only a mere handful of possibilities.

May the future arrive sooner than we think!

Gabrielle Coetzee

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