Just like discovering the world wasn’t flat – people are now opening their eyes to the fact that a linear approach to living on the planet is a completely outdated viewpoint.

As part of our ‘What’s next?’ feature in the latest edition of Innovators Magazine, we asked Anna Tarí, Founder, Circular Economy Club (CEC) where she feels innovation is taking us.

She said: “Big Data is breaking ground to reconciling cities with nature. Smart lighting, energy use, traffic, waste valorization, all aspects and flows of the circular city of the future are promises that can be kept by harnessing Big Data through analytics.

“Transportation in the Industrial Revolution was revolutionised by roads, river traffic, steamboats, canals and railroads. Now it’s the turn for integrated transport systems, new delivery and drone technology, biofuels, driverless and electric vehicles, sharing platforms and mobility-as-a-service, among others, to lead the transition towards circularity in cities.

“Paradoxically, circular cities will need to cater for an increase in density and an increase in quality of life. Public places and structures will learn from MIT’s ‘reprogrammable apartments’ so that they are built with multiple uses in mind to ensure that we can use them with different purposes at different times.”

Read more opinions on where innovation is taking us in our latest edition, available this week at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal – and online.