Every week you get a thought-provoking essay on how you can understand and create the future.
"A millennial couple recounting how they wrestled for a decade (!) with the “ethical quandary” of whether to bring “another human onto an already crowded planet.” (she wanted to raise a “climate ally,” he feared for the child’s future)," writes Ulrika G. Gerth
PART 2: Of the 26 air pollutants that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency measures, 24 have decreased in absolute numbers during the period 1990–2018. At the same time, Sweden's population increased by roughly 1.6 million and the economy almost doubled.
Moving to a collaborative society can make the use of raw materials more efficient and local communities independent, improve the use of several products but also foster the best ideas.
How can you know that the future is bright? Because there is no stronger force for improvement than people's ideas - and thanks to democracy and technology, we now have access to more ideas than ever before.
Wikipedia should not work. It should be better with experts writing an encyclopedia, instead of just anyone. Democracy should not work. Experts should make better decisions on the budget and legislation. But it does work. Why is that?
The US economy now consumes fewer resources than it used to, and not more. It seems the United States has reached Peak Stuff. This shows the power of digitalization, and shows that continued development is the path to an environmentally sustainable society.
Central institutions such as governments dominate the world, because they have solved two problems: Lack of information and the difficulty for many to people to vote all the time. Thanks to the internet, these problems are solved, and we can give more power directly to people.
What should we do to solve the problem of climate change? Should we set clear boundaries and push humanity back within them? Or should we evolve so that we can break these boundaries, but without destroying the earth? That is the most important debate of our time.
The imagination of Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, takes us into a futuristic world made up of virtual teachers, augmented cities, increased longevity, immersive virtual worlds, as well as vital new issues to address.