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The termite model: the future of decentralized cooperation

What would the world look like if blockchains eliminated the need for all centralised institutions? Hopefully still human, says Primavera De Filippi in the GDI interview. The "Chief Alchemist" at the Israeli startup Backfeed is using an infrastructure of decentralized cooperation to reach this goal.

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Herbert Bolliger: “Today, we want everything, everywhere”

In a video interview, Migros CEO Herbert Bolliger discusses what’s surprised him over the last 12 years in retail, the challenges facing retailers today, sales robots, and what he values about the GDI International Retail Summit.

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GDI analysis: Has democracy lost its persuasive power?

People have lost faith in democracy, according to political scientists. We checked this assertion with a network analysis. In this network analysis and at the Tyler Cowen and Parag Khanna at GDI event, we discuss why the appeal of democracy has diminished.

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More than just Bitcoin: why blockchains affect everyone

Behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, you’ll find what may be the most momentous invention since the Internet: the blockchain. Banks are fascinated by it, experimenting with new applications. Here, we look at the sectors that are particularly excited about blockchain technology.

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Tyler Cowen: We are becoming complacent

Tyler Cowen, one of America’s most brilliant economists, warns us of too much complacency. "The notions of insufficient innovation and inability to imagine a very different future plague most of Western Europe." For Eastern Europe, he predicts an even darker future. Learn more at the conference: "Tyler Cowen & Parag Khanna at GDI" on 29 May 2017.

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“Blockchain represents the second generation of the Internet”

Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott predicts extensive social change for the better, due to blockchain. On 13 June 2017 he will speak at the Blockchain Valley Conference at the GDI.

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Parag Khanna: "This is not the age of Napoleon"

"Direct technocracy combines the virtues of Swiss-style direct democracy with the strength of Singapore’s technocratic system," says leading geostrategist Parag Khanna here – and at the conference "Tyler Cowen & Parag Khanna at GDI". Khanna advocates a new government system where big states learn from the small.

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Brian Hoffman: "We are better than Amazon"

"A decentralised fashion puts the power back in the hands of people," describes Brian Hoffman, founder of blockchain-based marketplace Open Bazaar, the idea behind his software. On 13 June Hoffman will be speaking at the Blockchain Valley Conference.

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Tom Vanderbilt: "All preferences are learned"

Bestselling author Tom Vanderbilt is convinced that whether we prefer blue or red is the result of our socialisation. In a video interview from the GDI Trend Day, he explains why it’s difficult for us to learn to like new things.

GDI Trend Day 2017 – the highlights

"The virtual world has long since won,” said David Bosshart on the 13th European Trend Day on 15 March. Our summary of the conference lets you know what to expect from this mingling of analogue and digital.

Five widening gaps challenging our future

Are growing dysfunctional gaps in our global society inevitable? Maybe, writes GDI CEO David Bosshart in his article for the renowned online magazine «52 Insights». But it’s not the economy, stupid. It’s the current polarizing social and political forces that are ricocheting us in different directions.

Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State

The ideal form of government for the complex 21st century is what Parag Khanna calls a "direct technocracy" with Switzerland and Singapore as role-models. In a few weeks the GDI will publish the German version of Khanna’s book.

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Amber Case: we need calm technology!

Instead of calming us, technology constantly interrupts us, says Amber Case. The Harvard researcher is an advocate of "calm technology" – devices and aids which work discreetly in the background to simplify our daily lives.

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Why robots will be the better people

The next era will be dominated by robots and artificial intelligence – that’s economics professor Robin Hanson’s view. He explains what the world will look like when we share it with millions of identical robots in his TEDx talk – and at the 13th European Trend Day.

“Digital media will remediate urban places”

“The street, the car, the city are merely reconfigured through the new possibilities that new media offer,” says Professor of Cities and Society Stephen Graham. To understand cities better, we should look at their vertical layers – from underground to space.

How e-government can combat a decreasing population

IT consultant Aet Rahe helped set up Estonia's e-government project. Here Rahe explains how Estonia intends to use it to become the most populous country in the world.

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“A society that no longer requires central organisations”

Blockchain makes it possible to imagine a society that no longer requires central organisations, says GDI researcher Karin Stieger in her video looking ahead to the Blockchain Valley Conference 2017.

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3D-printed prosthesis

With 3D printers becoming maintream, we will be able to manufacture more and more products ourselves – even prostheses. The GDI study "Robotics and Disabilities" shows projects and startups that are already today producing ready-to-wear prostheses.

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Extended Reality Map: the key Swiss players

Virtual and augmented reality are 2017’s most promising technologies. Our Extended Reality Map shows where the Swiss VR and AR sectors are involved in leading technological and application-related development.

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“Smartphones turn the world into a game board”

Mike Lanza turned his neighbourhood into a “playborhood”: a setting that inspires children to become explorers – with or without a smartphone. He demonstrates how he made it happen here and as part of the 13th European Trend Day at the GDI.

New GDI study: Robotics and Disabilities

The GDI study "Robotics and Disabilities – How machines will help people tomorrow" develops new ideas about how future technologies might shape the lives of disabled people.

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Anarchy ahead: an interview with economist Branko Milanović

Concerning the future of the global economy, economist Branko Milanović has one good news and one bad news. He delivered them in our video interview conducted at the GDI conference on "The Future of Power".

The Power of Emotions: an interview with Turkish novelist Elif Shafak

"We have to enter into the world of emotions and to connect with people with anxiety", the award-winning author Elif Shafak said in our video interview conducted at the GDI conference on "The Future of Power".

Masqueraded Autocracies: an interview with Moisés Naím

Reports of an imminent demise of democracy were wildly exaggerated, assured Moisés Naím, Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in our video interview conducted at the GDI conference on "The Future of Power".

Digital versus Democracy: an interview with Robert D. Kaplan

The United States are about to experience the first presidency of the digital age, says Robert Kaplan, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, in our video interview conducted at the GDI conference on "The Future of Power".

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