Africa is not a single homogenous territory - it has over 50 unique countries, each with their own unique trials and tribulations. However, it is still interesting to explore their somewhat common history as well as the trends, challenges and potential strategies that may shape the region over the coming decades.
Are a few dominant technology companies really taking increasing control of our lives? Are the ‘big tech’ companies really as problematic as the media and our friends suggest? Do we need entirely new frameworks for regulating these giants? If so, what would the frameworks look like?
Should we be investing large sums of money in developing space exploration technologies? Should we even be interested in space? What framework can we use to guide our decisions of the space race of the 21st century? Will this new space race be driven by tensions between the USA and China or competition between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos?
With protests and conversation picking up all across the United States, we must ask ourselves whether the criminal justice system is failing? Understanding the history of how the system was built, and more importantly how it continues to operate today is central to partaking in this conversation.
The hottest commodity of the 21st century will be data and we are all producers of it. Data privacy has become an important issue but do we really care about privacy and the protection of our data?
What does the latest science tell us about climate change? What's certain, what's likely and what's uncertain? How can the public and private sectors combine to address one of the most pressing issues humanity has faced?
Should we really be concerned about the prospect of designer babies? How can the benefits of genetic engineering shared by all? Where are the most likely places that genetic engineering will benefit our lives in the near future?
Was this wave of nationalism predictable? How did we miss the signs? What are the best approaches to globalization for countries and corporations as the world continues to become more intertwined than ever before?
Will automation create mass unemployment? How should the education system transform to support the labor market of the future? How can governments deal with a worst-case-scenario world where a majority of the population may be rendered irrelevant?
Is impossible meat the future of food? Or should we be more concerned about feeding the world’s growing population under a radically transforming climate?