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BBC online version has interesting article here: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170328-12-questions-we-need-to-prioritise-in-2017, and below is my summary 🙂

  1. HOW CAN WE AVOID RESISTANCE TO ANTIBIOTICS?
  2. WHAT CAN WE DO TO CONSERVE WATER — ESPECIALLY IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND URBANISATION?
  3. HOW DO WE FIGHT ‘FAKE NEWS’?

This is truly a very interesting question (not that the first two are not important). How do we tell the difference between real reality and the one made for us? Where there is a line between what we believe to be true because of whatever, and what is really true? Populism uses many tools today to make fake news and people believe in them…

4. IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD, HOW DO WE FIGHT GLOBAL DISEASE?

5. HOW WILL WE DEAL WITH OVERPOPULATION?

6. HOW WILL THE ERA OF BIG DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SHAPE OUR HEALTH?

7. HOW CAN WE SAFELY USE GENE EDITING TECHNOLOGY IN HUMANS?

8. HOW DO WE MAKE CITIES MORE SUSTAINABLE AND PLEASANT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE ?

9. HOW CAN WE KEEP EXTENDING OUR LIFE EXPECTANCIES?

This one stands out too, especially now. Living longer is one thing, living productively and purposefully is another. I will get back to it below.

10. HOW CAN RAPIDLY DEVELOPING REGIONS GROW EFFECTIVELY?

11. HOW CAN WE BETTER INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT NATURAL DISASTERS?

12. CAR OWNERSHIP CONTINUES TO RISE WORLDWIDE — HOW WILL WE ACCOMMODATE THIS?

And that is the whole list. I am somewhat disappointed that one question is missing:

HOW DO WE GUARANTEE JOBS TO PEOPLE IN AGE OF AUTOMATION?

It ties in with getting older and somewhat touches on car ownership, as this is the first area with such a visible impact where automation is likely to displace millions of jobs within next 20 years or so. Truck drivers, taxis, post office vehicles all have humans behind a wheel. Soon not to be so. Of course many other jobs are in danger, jobs which do not require university diplomas to be executed. What are going to do with those people? Who will keep paying to support ageing population? This for me is one of the most pressing questions where time runs out for an answer… and it did not show up in BBC article.

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