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The world in 2030: artificial intelligence, robots, geoengineering, insect protein – and kindness

For decades futurologists have been observing the increased pace of change in society, technology, the economy and geopolitics, and there are indications that this may be particularly true of the 10 years between now and 2030. What trends and developments are on course to shape the lives of the world’s people over the next decade, for better or for worse?



Fertility and growth

These trends can mean, for instance, that globally inequality has diminished – principally down to increasing prosperity in China – while it is growing within countries like the US, where inequality is at a level last seen a century ago as a result of the globalisation of the financial services industry that began in the 1980s and 1990s and allowed money to be moved across the globe.

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The politics of food

No element of the future is more fundamental to human society than what people eat, argues food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye: “Food connects not just us as people, but everything in and about our world. What we are eating influences our behaviour, from how we socialise to everything in between. And every day we are voting with our wallets with what we buy.”

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The value of kindness

Another element of the food of the future is air – already used for filling out packets to make them look bigger, we can expect to see air used for making foods crispy which currently might have a slimy texture such as avocado or okra. From oxygenating water to specialist pure air facilities, air is a future ingredient.

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Magenta Horizons

10th Annual Magenta Horizons Event 

At our 10th edition of the Magenta Horizons Conference a panel of experts examined some of the mega trends set to transform our lives and challenge our established thinking. From geopolitics and technology disruptors to artificial intelligence and sustainable living, this dynamic debate has changed our vision of the future.

Have a look at our image gallery for some pictures of the evening

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