What are technologies like CRISPR CAS9, effectively a search and replace tool for DNA, going to do when they get democratised to the desktop? The end of disease? Drought resistant crops? Or transgenic salmon, a generation of designer babies and a new arena for bio-error and bio-terror?
The energy revolution
Are we on the brink of an energy revolution? By 2020, some 80% of the world’s population expected to be living in places where renewables are cheaper than fossil fuels. But what’s the tipping point? What are the drivers of accelerated disruption, from EVs to nano tech battery innovation. And what does it to the US$31 trillion invested in the fossil fuel economy? Are your investments stranded assets?
Elon Musk and the Tesla Power Wall
Why’s Google’s Larry Page investing in two rival megadrone start ups? Are driverless vehicles in the sky part of the transport mix, easier, even according to Page, than conventional driveler less cars? Is this a sci-fi pipe dream or reality? What’s the timeframe? and what will this do to real estate, transport and the city of the future?
Is big dead? Will block chain, the trustless distributed ledger, rip out the centralised intermediary, driving peer to peer micro transactions across the economy from finance to energy?
AI and the
future of work
With 47% of white collar jobs expected to be off-peopled to the algorithm, what does this mean for the future of work? Lawyers, journalists, asset managers, coders - how future proofed is your job? And what does society look like? Are we headed for Universal Basic Incomes, an economy dominated by the mega-platform, or for an open source revolution that returns productivity to the masses?
By 2035 an estimated 4.9 billion people will be living in Asian and African mega-cities alone, with mid-century predictions for 200 million climate refugees. What does the city of the future look like? is it Petropolis - the city locked into fossil fuel driven mass production? Is it Cyburbia - the smart city, sensored and censored? Is it the city for people? If cities are choices, what are the cities and regions
that will thrive.
The end of ageing
Are we going to vanquish death? Can we rejuvenate stem cells? Will Craig Venter manage to apply big data to double life expectancy in the next 20 years? What happens to global population levels? What happens to your company pension?
Max Planck institute on Radio 4 >>