What a contradiction! One the one hand, we have the virus that is set continue putting massive restrictions on people’s everyday lives for a long while yet. And on the other hand, we are seeing massive technological progress in numerous areas that has the potential to fundamentally change our private and working lives forever. Despite the unusual recent events, some things don’t change – the gates to the future remain open to those who are willing to grab the wheel.Read more
Dr. Johannes Schmidt
CEO of INDUS Holding AG
a fresh look
“Intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do. Creativity is what you use when you don’t know what the end result will be,” says Richard David Precht, philosopher and publicist.
When children are encouraged to use their natural creativity, it benefits them in many areas throughout their lives – for example, with their language and problem solving skills. And for adults, creativity will become an increasingly important key skill in the future.
the Shotgun Method
In April 2000, Craig Venter, with his company Celera Genomic, won the race to map the human genome with a sequencing method that he had developed. His unusual method involved shooting DNA into strands using a shotgun firing pattern and then viewing and sequencing the fragments individually.
Agriculture currently uses 80% of our arable land and 70% of our drinking water supplies. In 2050, the population is estimated to reach 9.5 billion people, meaning additional arable land the size of Brazil will be required. The surface area required for inner-city, vertical farms, however, would be much lower and there would be no long transport routes. Farmers could use a lift to harvest their crops instead of a tractor.