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Debate 3: The Pulse of Society on Frontier Issues
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1Quantum Revolution& Advanced AI2HumanAugmentation3Eco-Regeneration& Geo-Engineering4Science& Diplomacy1.11.21.31.42.12.22.32.43.13.23.33.43.54.14.24.34.44.5HIGHEST ANTICIPATIONPOTENTIALAdvancedArtificial IntelligenceQuantumTechnologiesBrain-inspiredComputingBiologicalComputingCognitiveEnhancementHuman Applications of Genetic EngineeringRadical HealthExtensionConsciousnessAugmentation DecarbonisationWorldSimulationFuture FoodSystemsSpaceResourcesOceanStewardshipComplex Systems forSocial EnhancementScience-basedDiplomacyInnovationsin EducationSustainableEconomicsCollaborativeScience Diplomacy

Debate 3:

The Pulse of Society on Frontier Issues

Science and diplomacy are not happening in a vacuum, as the current pandemic has again made clear. Debates around scientific advances, future breakthroughs and their impact are taking place around the globe at all levels of society. Taking the pulse of society is an attempt to listen what citizens are saying, what they are fearing and hoping for, their inclination to future scientific developments and how this shapes their vision of the future of humanity.

Building on a dataset of roughly 11 million social media posts as well as over 6 million news articles and blogs, we present here the outcomes of an AI-powered social media analysis about global conversations on the main topics of interest in the Breakthrough Radar. This encompasses the four Scientific Frontier Issues presented in the Breakthrough Radar:

The analysis has been guided by the aim to distinguish the core differences between regions, demographics and topics in order to be able to identify the fields that require a broader societal debate. The AI-based research and trend sensing tool Deep View combines human intuition with machine objectivity enabling robust strategic decision-making. For more information on the analysis and the tool, please refer to the methodology section in the annex.

Taken together, the Pulse of Society, the Pulse of Science and the Pulse of Diplomacy provides the basis to start creating a shared language to discuss and address the emerging opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

Looking at the bigger picture, Science & Diplomacy is of heightened attention for citizens with high social engagement across the board. Science, the diplomatic community and citizens are aligned on climate change as THE core issue, while co-operation in health sciences seem to lack public interest, even in times of COVID-19 and vaccines diplomacy. Additionally, the trend towards a more positive and intensified discussion on the issues around multilateralism and science diplomacy in Asia (and to a certain extend Africa and Latin America) in comparison with Europe and North America is interesting to observe.