What does the future hold?

9 July 2007

As CIPS marks its 75th anniversary, SM has been reviewing how far the purchasing profession has come and trying to predict what might happen next.

We spoke to futurologists and academics to see what they think the future holds for buyers. Among their expectations were that by 2082 “almost all procurement will be done by machine, many of them artificial intelligence”, “hysteria about the growth in carbon emissions and demands that everything be local will have been repudiated” and that “purchasing as a function will not exist”.

We also learned that forecaster Sylvia Browne believes “aliens will begin to show themselves in 2010” and “they will teach us how to use anti-gravity devices again, as they did for the pyramids”.

What do you think? Have you got any weird and wonderful predictions?

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