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Foresight 2020

The Foresight Institute, a non-profit organization focused on emerging world-shaping technologies, is hosting its Vision Weekend to discuss big questions surrounding emerging world-shaping technologies. Which moonshots should we aim for now? How can we settle the Moon to live better on Earth? Can we make human death optional soon? Meatspace vs Cyberspace: How can we get the best of both? Participants were asked to offer predictions spanning one year into the future:

By November 2020 will a prediction made by a prediction aggregation platform be quoted in the NYT or WaPo on an issue not in politics, sports, or prizes?

In the year ending in November 2nd, 2020, the combined U.S. investment in psychedelics research psychedelics-focused startups will exceed $100M

By November 2nd, 2020, the ten cities with the highest number of surveillance cameras per 1,000 people will all be located in China

By November 2nd, 2020, Twitter will temporarily or permanently suspend at least one of Trump's personal or campaign twitter

In the year ending on November 2nd, 2020, the total worldwide non-governmental funding of AI & Automation social science research organisations will exceed $100M

By November 2nd, 2020, Deepmind will employ less than 80% of the number of employees today

The total funding in longevity startups will exceed $5bn in the year ending in November 2nd, 2020

In the year ending November 2nd, 2020, a funding round for a private company will include a valuation in excess of $1bn for a company with a primary business focus of longevity

By November 2nd, 2020, there will be an in vivo study on regeneration or rejuvenating the human thymus?

The US-China trade war will be ongoing by November 2nd, 2020

In the year ending November 2nd, 2020, blockchain-enabled systems will be applied to issues of substantial geopolitical importance

In the year ending in November 2nd, 2020, will a novel regenerative medicine‐based‐therapy induce excess structural regeneration of digits in rodents?

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