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January 1, 2035

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When migrating to digitalization, about a third of the product cost disappears. Economists say that, in fact, the cost does not disappear — it fades away like the Cheshire cat, moving from the seller to consumer. This is a beautiful picture, but it will not console those who lose a significant part of their cash flows. Many of them will have to rebuild their business models and learn to live in a world where people pay less for each seller.
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Vladimir Knyaginin
Vice Governor of St. Petersburg
There is already an open discussion in the US that American institutions should not enroll Chinese students in science. They are welcome to study philosophy but not physics. If a country that has won the competition called “globalization” throughout its history were to close its borders, then it begins to lose.
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Artyom Oganov
Professor
The actual paradigm of thinking in Western civilization (to which we are largely related), has been formed historically and is based on Abrahamic religions and cybernetics. It sets a certain approach and it implies the beginning of the world and its end. The search for a new model of consciousness will now begin — it has already begun. New world description systems will appear. They will include ancient knowledge, which was neglected for a long time. We can say that we will move from the finite perception of the Abrahamic religions to the infinite perception of time.
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Bronislav Vinogrodsky
Sinologist, interpreter
No transformation comes without loss. There are always winners and losers. All hydrocarbon energy is bound to die. By 2026 gasoline cars will no longer be produced at all. Robots basically replace medium-skilled personnel, effectively expelling people into the category of low-skilled workers. States’ attempts to strengthen their powers may result in the collapse of the entire post-capitalist system. We will see this in the next 5–10 years.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov
Futurist
The 21st century is one of blurring borders, and not only state ones. The line between online and offline is being diluted. The boundaries of organizations and the media are blurring. And even more, the boundaries of what we consider a personality are also getting blurred.
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Alexey Kulakov
Entrepreneur
Unless access costs decrease and quality of access increase in all countries (online classes – Ed.), the gap in education quality, and thus socioeconomic equality will be further exacerbated. The digital divide could become more extreme if educational access is dictated by access to the latest technologies.
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Gloria Tam, Diana El-Azar
Experts
Due to the global meltdown of airlines, tourism and many of the other CO2 heavy industries, fuel demand dropped like a rock in 2020. In late 2020, many oil, gas and coal companies have become bona-fide burning platforms and investors are bailing as fast they can.
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Gerd Leonhard
Futurist, humanist
If corporations and governments start harvesting our biometric data en masse, they can get to know us far better than we know ourselves, and they can then not just predict our feelings but also manipulate our feelings and sell us anything they want...
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Yuval Noah Harari
Historian, writer
...being in self-isolation, people stop buying a lot of unnecessary things. In this regard, there is a throwback to the old times. The crisis will further strengthen this trend.
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Nassim Taleb
Writer, economist
...public health is the new national wealth. Stakeholders will increasingly focus on health-related ESG metrics; governments will come to appreciate health more as an economic resource.
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Bank of America
...disease facilitates the spread of authoritarianism.
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Bret Stephens
Columnist