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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 & Diplomacy

The scientific fields related to Science and Diplomacy (Complex Systems for Social Enhancement, Scientification of Diplomacy, Innovations in Education, Sustainable Economics, and Collaborative Science Diplomacy) showed a strong engagement with citizens with more than 3 million analysed posts. Relative to the other three frontier issues, the analysed scientific topics have the strongest bias towards Africa, Asia and Latin America and female participation.

Key Facts and Insights

  • The discussion is comparatively gender-balanced (female are overrepresented in comparison to the Twitter general population) with an overweight in the age group <34 years. Public servants dominate the professions most present in the sample.

  • This topic is also comparatively well balanced region-wise, with Africa, Latin America and Asia accounting for a third of the posts’ volume.

  • Female discussions focus more strongly on supporting and maintaining justice for others whereas males focus more on the self and the fear of losing one’s identity

  • Younger age groups (<34) are underrepresented in developed areas, whereas they appear to be overrepresented in developing countries.

  • The general discussion for all stakeholders is strongly focused on climate change and its mitigation as well as its impact on employment.

  • Science has become increasingly politicised and polarised in blocs due to US-CN/RUS tensions, exacerbated by COVID-19, becoming a source of geopolitical tension

  • Trust in science has declined prominently in the developed world, which is echoed in the increasing dominance of reactionary governments

  • Multilateralism is discussed positively in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Australia but not strongly mentioned in North America and Europe.

  • UAE, KSA as well as Pakistan and India are entering the scene through increased investment and collaboration in science and education

  • The main concerns vary significantly across regions with North America focusing on security issues with digital democracy, Europe on the further polarisation and disregard for the rule of law, Asia on climate change and extreme weather events, Latin America on economic policy and unemployment and Africa on elitism in democracy and party systems.

Cloud analysis

Each node representing one article and the linkages between dots show relations between topics in the analysed data.

Sentiment drivers

Positive sentiment is centred around:

  • Sustainable Economics, specifically around sustainable consumer goods (e.g. fashion, cosmetics) as well as recyclable materials, plastic-free living

  • Innovations in Education, specifically in digital, decentralised education as well as the gender diversity in education (e.g. female, LGBTQ+ education)

  • Design for Values with regard to charity systems focusing on providing education to minority groups and those in need

  • Advances in Science Diplomacy, primarily regarding the integration of non-state actors in diplomacy through educational programs such as International Model United Nations.

Neutral/mixed sentiment is centred around:

  • Climate Externalities through a number of reports on nature protection projects

  • Diplomacy, focusing on US-Middle East and US-Russia relationship

Negative sentiment is centred around:

  • Digital Democracy, voting safety, validity and E-Voting Systems as well as general authority are being discussed negatively, driven by the US elections

  • Automation & Work in the form of employment instability, fear of losing employment, amplified by COVID-19 lay-offs

  • Climate Externalities such as extreme weather events (e.g. Forest Fires, Floods) and slowly dissipating ecosystems (e.g. Amazon, Permafrost)