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At Brain Bar Budapest, a large hall that was plastered in dark and leafy plants struggled to hold a sea of attendees. The crowd gathered to watch Steve Fuller, author of Humanity 2.0 and the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at Warwick University, debate Zoltán Pogátsa, a Hungarian political economist. The topic at hand? Whether or not Universal Basic Income (UBI) will be the “social security net of the future.”
This discussion occurred during the futurist-oriented festival, which celebrates science and society and seeks to push the boundaries of our understanding of what will be realistic and what will be possible in the world of tomorrow.
Pogátsa favored UBI, outlining both the existing problems and future challenges that it could solve. When discussing the growing concern of automation-linked job loss, he compared UBI to a more advanced form of welfare, one that might benefit citizens and elevate them into better circumstances—circumstances that, Pogátsa argues, are unattainable under the current welfare system. Fuller heartily disagreed.
Oday KAMAL, Partner, The Reader, Partner at the Reader, an organization design consulting Firm based in New York City.
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“Cross the river by feeling the stones” - Deng Xiaoping
In 1888, French chemist Henri Le Châtelier discovered a natural principle that applies when a system is in crisis. Every stable system will respond to change by trying to restore its original condition. Put another way, he deduced that any system will favour the least disruptive path. This fundamental principle changed the course of chemistry in the 19th century. But it is not limited to the laws of thermodynamics. It describes how systems, organizations, and teams can learn to change.
Chris Weller, Ideas Reporter, Business Insider
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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction of a brand-new "smart city," AZ Central reports.
In conjunction with Belmont Partners, who holds the property, Gates's investment firm Cascade Investment LLC has committed $80 million to build a community composed of offices, stores, schools, and homes. The community will be known as Belmont.
Roughly 3,800 of the 24,800 acres will be devoted to office, commercial, and retail space, according to Belmont Partners, while 470 acres will be set aside for public schools. The new community will feature 80,000 residences, giving it a population of about 182,000, comparable to that of Tempe, Arizona.
Belmont Partners expects its development to feature all the trappings of a futuristic city: high-speed internet embedded in the built environment, accommodations for self-driving cars (such as traffic lights that communicate with one another to minimize congestion), and smarter manufacturing technology.
Belmont will be located 45 miles west of Phoenix, near a highway that runs straight to Las Vegas.
Virtual Reality could help to chronic meaning that less people would become addicted to prescription.
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Alex Gray, Formative Consultant
The United States is facing a drug dependency epidemic. In 2016 there were more than 64,000 overdose deaths – a rise of over 22% on the previous year.
Many of these deaths involved opioids – the family of drugs that heroin and morphine belong to. But new research shows that there may be a much less harmful way of dealing with chronic pain: virtual reality.
Research shows that companies make more money when they invest in sustainability!
Leora Klepper, Lead Economist, Development Research Group
Natascha Beinler, Co Chair G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) and Co Chair GPFI SME Finance Subgroup, German Federal Ministry for Economic Coopperation and Development (BMZ)
Sustainability was once a buzzword rolled out for corporate social responsibility reports then quickly forgotten. Not anymore.
Shareholders are ratcheting up pressure on management to address social and environmental issues. Climate change and policies aimed at mitigating it are poised to upend major industries, from forestry to garment manufacturing. Research shows that companies make more money when they invest in sustainability. Consumers want to buy products from companies that use socially responsible business practices.
All this helps explain why CEOs increasingly see sustainability as their top priority. A survey found that 91% of CEOs thought it was important to ensure the integrity of supply chains - the networks of businesses providing goods and services that corporations use to make their products.
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Lindsay Dodson, Reporter, Business Insider
We'd all love to have a better memory. If there was a tool that could make us better at retaining information for exams, or at remembering important facts for a presentation or interview, we would probably pay good money for it.
This is what researchers have been working on at the University of Southern California. According to New Scientist, the team have developed a "memory prosthesis" brain implant, which could enhance human memory. Their findings were presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC.
The device is made up of electrodes which are implanted in the brain. It's supposed to mimic the way we naturally process memories by giving small electric shocks to the hippocampus — the region of the brain involved in learning and memory. These electric burts imitate normal brain activity patterns, so the researchers hope it could help people with memory disorders such as dementia.
A group of 20 volunteers were fitted with the electrodes, and asked to participate in a training session where they were given a simple memory game. Each participant was shown images in a short presentation, then had to recall what they had seen up to 75 seconds later.
The researchers then looked at the responses of neurons in the subjects' brains to see which regions were activated while they were using their memory.