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The Future Laboratory to Present Emerging Beauty Trends at 2018 Global Wellness Summit

Researchers Jessica Smith and Rhiannon McGregor from the powerhouse forecasting firm will explore the rise of “Algorithmic Beauty”—or the many new ways that beauty, technology and medicine are set to converge

Miami, FL – August 22, 2018 – The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, today announced that researchers Jessica Smith and Rhiannon McGregor from LS:N Global, the trends intelligence platform of the The Future Laboratory, will keynote at the conference taking place October 6-8 at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy.

The Future Laboratory, with offices in London, Melbourne and New York, is one of the world’s leading strategic forecasting firms, identifying the disruptive trends that will shape the future of consumer behavior and the lifestyle industries—with a focus on the beauty, wellness, fashion, food/drink, luxury, travel/hospitality and youth markets. Smith (Creative Researcher) and McGregor (Foresight Writer) will share the firm’s new research on the biggest trends on the horizon for the massive $1 trillion global beauty market.

While the attention has been on all-natural or “clean” beauty, a competing trend is on the rise. As beauty technologies become far more popular, social media, artificial intelligence and algorithms are shaping a new ideal of flawlessness. This macro-trend, “Algorithmic Beauty”, means that beauty is no longer simply in the eye of the beholder, but in the eye of a machine learning algorithm instead—with beauty standards shifting from subjective to objective ideals. Smith and McGregor will analyze the diverse aspects and opportunities within the Algorithmic Beauty trend: from how facial recognition technology will change the face of beauty to the rise of artificial-intelligence-driven devices that can assess our faces and create a personalized feedback loop between products and a person’s skin to how the next generation of non-invasive procedures will be rooted in nanotechnology to a simultaneous backlash against “objective beauty” mounting in some corners.

“The Future Laboratory, with its international team of analysts, is one of the most provocative and prescient trends forecasters, helping the world’s top brands—whether in beauty, wellness or travel—really visualize the macro- and micro-trends that are likely to shake up their businesses,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “We’re excited that Jessica and Rhiannon will share their new insights on the high-tech future of beauty with our delegates and build on the fast-evolving conversation about beauty and wellness that is always a cornerstone of the Summit.”

“We’re thrilled to be presenting new research from our Beauty Futures Report at the Summit this year,” noted Smith and McGregor. “The beauty space is moving fast and furiously, and every player in it—whether skincare brands or spas—needs to understand how beauty, technology and medicine are about to converge in completely unprecedented ways.”

More about the speakers

Jessica Smith is Creative Researcher at LS:N Global, the editorial platform of The Future Laboratory, which she joined in 2014 after completing a Masters degree in Trend Forecasting at the Polimoda Institute of Design and Marketing in Florence. Since working at LS:N Global she has become the editorial expert across the health, wellbeing and beauty sectors and has spoken at events such as Balance Festival in London and last year’s Global Wellness Summit. Formerly, she was a Marketing Executive at Telegraph Events working on health and fitness consumer shows such as the Be:Fit, The Ski and Snowboard Show and The London Bike Show. At The Future Laboratory, she has worked on projects for clients such as Nike, lululemon, Nikon, Royal Salute and QIC, written for Frame Magazine and been featured as an expert in The Sunday Times, The Independent, Drapers, BW Confidential, Elle, Stylist and Condé Nast Traveller.

Rhiannon McGregor is Foresight Writer at LS:N Global, specializing in trends and consumer insight across the site’s lifestyle sectors, with particular expertise in health and wellness, youth culture, travel and the rapidly growing fintech sector. Since starting at The Future Laboratory in 2016, she has worked on projects with brands including Vans, NatWest, Unum and QIC; as well as being interviewed as an expert for the Guardian and Grazia Online. Rhiannon has a Bachelor of Arts from Leeds University, spending her Erasmus year studying at the Polytecnico di Torino. After interning at Pelham Communications Art Agency she completed a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism at City University and has written for publications like Disegno, Wallpaper*, Jocks & Nerds and Aesthetica.

The Global Wellness Summit is the world’s most prestigious conference on the business of wellness and always a sold-out event. To apply to attend, click here.

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The 12th-annual Summit will be held at Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy from October 6-8, 2018.


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