September 10, 2018

“The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The landscape of intelligent systems is changing very rapidly. In the last 3 years alone, hundreds of new AI startups have emerged, the AI talent war is red hot, and the transformational potential of intelligent systems has risen within the collective consciousness of executives everywhere. In Module 2, we introduced an orienting framework to help us systematically explore the intelligent systems landscape. If you haven’t completed at least the Crash Course for Module 2, we strongly recommend doing so before diving into Module 3.

With an orienting framework securely in hand, we move to the Scanning step of our foresight process.

Our goal in this module is to present a curated set of resources that you can use to scan the intelligent-systems landscape looking for signals, emerging trends, key drivers, and potential barriers impacting the future of intelligent systems.


This module focuses on resources for scanning the intelligent-systems landscape (Level 1-4 of our framework), the next module includes resources for scanning for global STEEP drivers and trends (Level 5).

Want the rest of the module?  IRI members and SPRINGBOARD attendees can download it here.

Nonmembers may request one module free of charge.  Subsequent modules can be purchased as a bundle here.  To request this module, please email Lee Green at