How to Spot Trends with AI (Part II)

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After Sarah DaVanzo and I leveraged’s invaluable AI to score and re-rank the Meta Trends, we were left stuck with one finding:

Both the global and U.S. AI data-driven ranks were significantly different from the original human rank. The AI declared that what we humans thought was most important was not actually the case.

Were we just splitting hairs of importance here, or were these divergent rankings a signal that our Meta Trends (which came from source material) were not as important as we once thought? Maybe more influential cultural shifts are out there waiting to be exposed. 

And if so, how can we find them?