The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society identifies software and services megatrends. Deep Shift: Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact examines trends that are shaping society, and their associated opportunities and risks.\nThe six megatrends \nPeople and the internet\nHow people connect with others, information and the world around them is being transformed through a combination of technologies. Wearable and implantable technologies will enhance people’s “digital presence”, allowing them to interact with objects and one another in new ways. \nComputing, communications and storage everywhere\nThe decline in the size and cost of computing and connectivity technologies is driving an exponential growth in the potential to access and leverage the internet. This will lead to abundant computing power being available, where everyone has access to a supercomputer in their pocket, with nearly unlimited storage capacity. \nThe Internet of Things \nSmaller, cheaper and smarter sensors are being introduced — in homes, clothes and accessories, cities, transport and energy networks, as well as manufacturing processes. \nArtificial intelligence and big data \nExponential digitization creates exponentially more data — about everything and everyone. In parallel, the sophistication of the problems software can address, and the ability for software to learn and evolve itself, is advancing rapidly. This is built on the rise of big data for decision-making, and the influence that artificial intelligence and robotics are starting to have on decision-making and jobs.\nThe sharing economy and distributed trust \nThe internet is driving a shift towards networks and platform-based social and economic models. Assets can be shared, creating not just new efficiencies but also whole new business models and opportunities for social self-organization. The blockchain, an emerging technology, replaces the need for third-party institutions to provide trust for financial, contract and voting activities.\nThe digitization of matter \nPhysical objects are “printed” from raw materials via additive, or 3D, printing, a process that transforms industrial manufacturing, allows for printing products at home and creates a whole set of human health opportunities.