CNN asked leading thinkers for their thoughts and ideas about the challenges facing the world.
- Norman Forster: Building a sustainable future
Two trends will affect global practice over the next two decades: the need to pursue sustainable patterns of development; and the opportunities presented by developing economies
- Bill Gates: Get ready for chip implants
Technological advances will one day allow computers to be implanted in the human body and could help the blind see and the deaf hear, according to Bill Gates. But the Microsoft chairman says he’s not ready to be hardwired.
- Will Hutton: a work-life balance for all?
Work-life balance is becoming increasingly important: 2020 will see a high premium placed on the ability to combine paid work with other activities and a workplace that runs on flexibility.
- Dean Kamen: Giving transport back to the people
CNN talks to Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, about an urban renaissance and the need for more efficient transport in our cities.
- Marc Newson: The shape of things to come
CNN talks to Australian designer Marc Newson about shaping the world around us.
- Jakob Nielsen: Tech will cause a real estate crash
Web usability expert Jakob Nielsen predicts that more people will live in rural settings, with technology enabling them to do almost anything they like, be it work or play, without leaving their homes.
- Peter Nolan: Greater diversity in the workplace
Making sense of the prospects for the future of work and employment in a fast changing global economy is a formidable task.
- Ian Pearson: Enter the ‘care’ economy
We will be seeing a transition from an information economy to something called a “care” economy — and that is quite different.
- Kevin Warwick: The fusion of man and machine
By 2020 exciting advances in bio-interfacing will make it possible for a wider range of diseases to be treated electronically.