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Debate 2: The Pulse of Society on Three Questions for Tomorrow
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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 2:

The Pulse of Society on Three Questions for Tomorrow

As the current pandemic has made clear, science and diplomacy are not happening in a vacuum. Debates about 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, their hopes and fears, their feelings about future scientific developments, and how these attitudes shape 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 three fundamental questions for tomorrow that were presented in the previous section in the philosophical compass:

The analysis, carried out using AI-based research and trend sensing tool Deep View, combines human intuition with machine objectivity enabling robust strategic decision-making. It 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 which ask for a broader societal debate. 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.