Global economic inequality and climate change will be the main challenges humanity will face by 2073, according to a report developed by IE University’s Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) to reimagine our life in the coming five decades. The CGC researchers have surveyed 8000 citizens from the 20 countries of G20 about their main hopes and concerns across key areas, including technology, economic trends, scientific challenges, the environment and the education of the future. The findings come out ahead of COP28, which offers a platform to tackle these global issues.
Regarding the future of the economy, 39% of citizens believe in a brighter economic outlook for themselves and future generations, surpassing the number of citizens (25%) who anticipate a decline in their financial well-being.
The report looks at attitudes regarding technology and what it may look like in the future, including AI and the role of biotechnology in our lives. Overall, these tech developments are widely seen as having a large role to play in the future.
The report also reveals what citizens imagine education will look like in 50 years, from the future of the classroom to the way we teach.
The study also uncovers the concerns of citizens about their future and that of generations to come.
Irene Blázquez-Navarro, Director of the IE Center for the Governance of Change, commented: “The results of recent surveys highlight the growing concerns shared by society about the future, with environmental sustainability and economic stability at the forefront of these worries. Simultaneously, there is widespread optimism regarding the role of artificial intelligence and other technological advancements in shaping our future. Recognizing the need for proactive engagement, it is imperative for society to envision a future where individuals actively shape technological progress.”
“This proactive approach demands ethical regulation and governance while integrating technology and humanities-centered education to innovate society-wide solutions for economic, social, and environmental challenges. The upcoming COP28 offers a promising platform to address these concerns.”
Irene Blázquez-Navarro, Director of the IE Center for the Governance of Change
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The survey was conducted in 20 countries. The 8000 respondents were a representative of adults in the countries included, and by gender and age. Respondents are part of recurrent panels recruited by Netquest or affiliated companies into panels via social media, direct mailing or through referrals from other respondents. They receive small in-kind incentives for responding to each survey.