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This future-gazing series examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Not all of them will come to pass, but thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of the world ahead.

This future-gazing series examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Not all of them will come to pass, but thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of the world ahead.

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United States

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This future-gazing series examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Not all of them will come to pass, but thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of the world ahead.

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English


Episodes

The World Ahead: Bus to the future

6/29/2020
What is the future of public transport in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic? Also, the United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General on how countries should prepare for future disasters. And could a “carbon surveillance” system help save the planet? Tom Standage hosts Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:28:25

The World Ahead: After Kim Jong-un

5/25/2020
The North Korean leader’s recent disappearance for three weeks led to intense speculation about his health. What would happen if Mr Kim's regime collapsed? Peter Singer, an author and political scientist, explains how his novel, set in the near future, is helping policymakers respond to artificial intelligence. And how feasible is wireless charging for electric cars? Tom Standage hosts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:25:01

The World Ahead: Viral acceleration

4/27/2020
The covid-19 pandemic has triggered an economic crisis, but how will this change the way people use technology—and which of these changes will last? Host Tom Standage speaks to guests from Ark Invest, the Brookings Institution and Alphabet’s drone-delivery company, Wing, to explore which technologies stand to benefit from an acceleration in the pace of adoption. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and...

Duration:00:24:54

The World Ahead: Pandemic predictions

3/30/2020
As the covid-19 situation worsens, host Tom Standage explores what the pandemic reveals about the perils of prediction and what other future threats we might be overlooking. Also, what a simulation of a future mission to Mars could teach us about self-isolation on Earth today. And, the hit video game “Plague, Inc” is teaching players about the dynamics of pandemics—and how to stop them. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access...

Duration:00:25:20

The World Ahead: NPT threats

2/24/2020
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty turns 50 this year, but the celebrations may be short-lived. Also, the challenges facing Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as he tries to keep both China and America happy. And why the future of video-gaming may play out in the cloud. Tom Standage hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/radiooffer or here for The World...

Duration:00:21:05

The World Ahead: Deep green sea

1/27/2020
New environmental rules have been introduced to control pollution at sea, but might they do more harm than good—and how can shipping be made greener in the long term? Also, a look at the future of nursing, as 2020 has been designated the year of the nurse. And how Xi Jinping is playing a long game to improve Chinese football in the decades to come. Tom Standage hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital...

Duration:00:21:36

The World Ahead: Tax me if you can

12/30/2019
2020 will be a key year for determining how big multinational and technology companies are taxed, but can a global deal be reached? Also, to what degree will the Olympics boost Japan’s international standing next year and will a new event called sport climbing catch on? Finally, the science fiction guide to the future. Anne McElvoy hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio...

Duration:00:24:05

The world ahead: Small COP, big COP

11/25/2019
On the eve of the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, we ask what delegates hope to achieve. Also, how can online games help in the fight against fake news? And host Tom Standage interviews an artificial intelligence called GPT-2 about its views on the big themes of 2020. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) “The World in 2020”, our future-gazing annual, is now available at shop.economist.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...

Duration:00:26:12

The world ahead: Libra in the balance

10/28/2019
As doubts surround the launch of Facebook’s Libra, will 2020 really be the year of digital currencies? We find out what shopping is like when payments are automatic and invisible. And, how China provides a glimpse of how people will handle their finances in the future. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/radiooffer See acast.com/privacy for...

Duration:00:24:23

The world ahead: A different dystopia

9/30/2019
With recent protests taking place against president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, The Economist’s foreign editor, Robert Guest, considers what might happen if Mr Sisi's regime collapses. We discuss the global cannabis revolution, as medical use opens the way to wider liberalisation. And, instead of worrying about too many robots in the workforce in the future, should we be worrying that there will be too few? Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) ____________________ Please subscribe...

Duration:00:25:27

The world ahead: Clash of the titans

8/26/2019
With tensions rising in the South China Sea, we consider how a potential clash between America and China might play out—and why the world should pay more attention to this region. And host Tom Standage takes a ride in a self-driving car in London, to see how Europe is faring in the race to build autonomous vehicles. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:23:22

The world ahead: Sunshady business

7/29/2019
If efforts to cut emissions fall short, might some nations resort to solar geoengineering — building a sunshade in the stratosphere — to buy more time? Also, what if Facebook blocked Europeans from using its services? Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:19:39

The World ahead: In the Sharenthood

6/24/2019
What if America decided to pull out of NATO? And a trip to 2029 to report on a landmark case in which parents are required to pay damages for sharing images of their children online, and refusing to take them down when the children grow up. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:29:29

The world ahead: Food for thought

5/27/2019
After the successful stockmarket flotation of Beyond Meat, maker of the Beyond Burger, we assess the potential impact of meat substitutes on global meat consumption. Also, is space tourism about to take off? And what can be done to preserve indigenous languages for future generations. Tom Standage hosts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:22:56

The world ahead: When the drugs don't work

4/29/2019
In this edition of The world ahead we examine a possible future where antibiotics no longer work. What causes such antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and what can be done to remedy it? And in another health-care scenario, we examine technology's potential to address the global shortage of medical staff. Anne McElvoy hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:22:14

The world ahead: Slow social

3/22/2019
In this episode we discuss why, after years of trying to make their products as addictive as possible, social-media companies are now heading in the opposite direction. We look forward to key dates later this year for elections, Chinese anniversaries and historic figures. And we ask what the former headmaster of Eton College is bringing to China’s educational system. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...

Duration:00:24:45

The world ahead: Shifting sands of the Sahel

2/22/2019
In this episode of our future-gazing podcast we discuss how an often-ignored region in Africa seems set grow in prominence, for the wrong reasons. Professor Stephen Hsu discusses the implications of genomic risk-scoring in health care. And we look at the rise of the couture designer in China. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:22:02

The world ahead: Regulating AI

1/24/2019
In this episode we discuss what the future holds for the regulation of artificial intelligence. Is populism on the rise in Canada and will it impact Justin Trudeau's chances of re-election? And does China’s new record-breaking bridge really bring it closer to Hong Kong? Anne McElvoy hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:23:56

The world ahead: Will you (not) marry me?

12/21/2018
Why will civil partnerships become more common – among straight people? What will the future look like for CCTV surveillance? Also, the business opportunities in North America for retailing cannabis. Simon Long hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:18:20

The world ahead: Move over, baby boomers

11/27/2018
What will America's political landscape look like once millennials outnumber the baby-boom generation? 2019 will also see a triumphant return to the moon. And how Japan is hoping to attract even more tourists. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:23:13