We began by asking Kate D Adamson, founder of the Futurenautics Group, to explain why she describes the world as entering a unique period in human history. So how are those changes going to affect the shipping industry and its markets? If that's the case what can ship operators do now to prepare for this new digital economy? Does that mean every shipping company needs to become a technology company? How important is connectivity to creating successful shipping companies of the future? Listen to Intelsat Executive Briefing Podcast series asking industry visionaries to identify where digital technologies are impacting the shipping and maritime industry now, and where the opportunities lie to create value as part of intelligent transportation systems of the future.