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Memia 2020 wrapup: Top 10 themes from a year of tumultuous change🌊💥🤯

Memia 2020 wrapup: Top 10 themes from a year of tumultuous change🌊💥🤯

Kia ora,

As 2020 hurtles towards its overdue conclusion, here’s a wrapup of the highlights and overarching themes from 46 ⚗️emoji-filled🌏 Memia newsletter posts this year.

An underlying thesis?

Writing the weekly Memia newsletter is mostly an exercise in continuous discovery, drinking from a firehose of change trying to figure out what’s actually going on…and what might happen next. If an underlying thesis has emerged for Memia’s writing over the course of 2020, it goes something like this:

  • Technology changes the world: Rapidly advancing technology is among the main drivers of modern global change – on individual, societal, political and economic levels.
  • Try to keep up: technology is moving so fast you need to run just to stay still.
  • New frameworks needed: Legacy conceptual frameworks of society, politics and economics struggle to accommodate the potential of new technologies to transform, or provide a working model of how technology effects change.
  • Techno-optimism warranted*: In many cases new technology itself provides opportunities to address myriad challenges facing humanity – but, for whatever reasons, most commentary generally lacks imagination as to what is possible…and instead tends to focus on negative outcomes/preserving the status quo.

(*…Yes obviously all new technology comes with risks and dangers…but these get enough airtime already *IMO*…so Memia’s “regular weekly scan of emerging tech and the unfolding future” mostly takes an optimistic spin, imagining the positive possible.)

2020: Top ten themes from a year of tumultuous change

Below my roundup of the year:

  1. 🦠The pandemic and a new age of scientific enlightenment
  2. 🌊Climate change: the next tsunami
  3. 💸Financial system externalities finally visible
  4. 🗳️Fragile but resilient democracy
  5. 📦Clogged globalisation driving localised resilience
  6. 👓Work from (virtually) anywhere
  7. 💡Scientific discovery and technological innovation
  8. 🌌Humanity’s place in the cosmos
  9. 🌏Aotearoa’s changing place in the world
  10. 💎Hidden gems everywhere

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DEC 2020: Keynote Speaker at NZ Debt Capital Markets Summit 2020 in Auckland

DEC 2020: Keynote Speaker at NZ Debt Capital Markets Summit 2020 in Auckland

Ben delivered a keynote presentation on “Artificial Intelligence: 2021 and beyond” and took part in an on-stage fireside chat with New Zealand Government Digital advisor Rachel Kelly at the Kanganews NZ Debt Capital Markets Summit 2020 in Auckland in December 2020 – great to connect with delegates at one of the few in-person conferences happening around the world!

For more information about booking technology futurist speaker Ben Reid to speak at your (virtual) conference, company event or podcast, see Ben Reid – Keynote Speaker.