The World Ahead from Economist Radio

The World Ahead from Economist Radio

By The Economist

This future-gazing series examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Not all of them will come to pass, but thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of the world ahead.

Episodes

The World Ahead: After Kim Jong-un

The North Korean leader’s recent disappearance for three weeks led to intense speculation about his health. What would happen if Mr Kim's regime collapsed? Peter Singer, an author and political scientist, explains how his novel, set in the near future, is helping policymakers respond to artificial intelligence. And how feasible is wireless charging for electric cars? Tom Standage hosts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2025m 1s

The World Ahead: Viral acceleration

The covid-19 pandemic has triggered an economic crisis, but how will this change the way people use technology—and which of these changes will last? Host Tom Standage speaks to guests from Ark Invest, the Brookings Institution and Alphabet’s drone-delivery company, Wing, to explore which technologies stand to benefit from an acceleration in the pace of adoption.  Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer or here for The World in 2020   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2024m 54s

The World Ahead: Pandemic predictions

As the covid-19 situation worsens, host Tom Standage explores what the pandemic reveals about the perils of prediction and what other future threats we might be overlooking. Also, what a simulation of a future mission to Mars could teach us about self-isolation on Earth today. And, the hit video game “Plague, Inc” is teaching players about the dynamics of pandemics—and how to stop them. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer or here for The World in 2020  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2025m 20s

The World Ahead: NPT threats

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty turns 50 this year, but the celebrations may be short-lived. Also, the challenges facing Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as he tries to keep both China and America happy. And why the future of video-gaming may play out in the cloud. Tom Standage hosts.    Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer or here for The World in 2020  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/2021m 5s

The World Ahead: Deep green sea

New environmental rules have been introduced to control pollution at sea, but might they do more harm than good—and how can shipping be made greener in the long term? Also, a look at the future of nursing, as 2020 has been designated the year of the nurse. And how Xi Jinping is playing a long game to improve Chinese football in the decades to come. Tom Standage hosts.  Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer or here for The World in 2020  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/2021m 36s

The World Ahead: Tax me if you can

2020 will be a key year for determining how big multinational and technology companies are taxed, but can a global deal be reached? Also, to what degree will the Olympics boost Japan’s international standing next year and will a new event called sport climbing catch on? Finally, the science fiction guide to the future. Anne McElvoy hosts  Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/1924m 5s

The world ahead: Small COP, big COP

On the eve of the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, we ask what delegates hope to achieve. Also, how can online games help in the fight against fake news? And host Tom Standage interviews an artificial intelligence called GPT-2 about its views on the big themes of 2020. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0) “The World in 2020”, our future-gazing annual, is now available at shop.economist.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1924m 9s

The world ahead: Libra in the balance

As doubts surround the launch of Facebook’s Libra, will 2020 really be the year of digital currencies? We find out what shopping is like when payments are automatic and invisible. And, how China provides a glimpse of how people will handle their finances in the future. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/1921m 9s

The world ahead: A different dystopia

With recent protests taking place against president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, The Economist’s foreign editor, Robert Guest, considers what might happen if Mr Sisi's regime collapses. We discuss the global cannabis revolution, as medical use opens the way to wider liberalisation. And, instead of worrying about too many robots in the workforce in the future, should we be worrying that there will be too few?Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)____________________Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer____________________  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/1924m 49s

The world ahead: Clash of the titans

With tensions rising in the South China Sea, we consider how a potential clash between America and China might play out—and why the world should pay more attention to this region. And host Tom Standage takes a ride in a self-driving car in London, to see how Europe is faring in the race to build autonomous vehicles.Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/1922m 48s

The world ahead: Sunshady business

If efforts to cut emissions fall short, might some nations resort to solar geoengineering — building a sunshade in the stratosphere — to buy more time? Also, what if Facebook blocked Europeans from using its services? Tom Standage hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/1918m 46s

The World ahead: In the Sharenthood

What if America decided to pull out of NATO? And a trip to 2029 to report on a landmark case in which parents are required to pay damages for sharing images of their children online, and refusing to take them down when the children grow up. Tom Standage hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/1929m 11s

The world ahead: Food for thought

After the successful stockmarket flotation of Beyond Meat, maker of the Beyond Burger, we assess the potential impact of meat substitutes on global meat consumption. Also, is space tourism about to take off? And what can be done to preserve indigenous languages for future generations. Tom Standage hosts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/1922m 7s

The world ahead: When the drugs don't work

In this edition of The world ahead we examine a possible future where antibiotics no longer work. What causes such antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and what can be done to remedy it? And in another health-care scenario, we examine technology's potential to address the global shortage of medical staff. Anne McElvoy hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/1921m 39s

The world ahead: Slow social

In this episode we discuss why, after years of trying to make their products as addictive as possible, social-media companies are now heading in the opposite direction. We look forward to key dates later this year for elections, Chinese anniversaries and historic figures. And we ask what the former headmaster of Eton College is bringing to China’s educational system. Tom Standage hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/1924m 45s

The world ahead: Shifting sands of the Sahel

In this episode of our future-gazing podcast we discuss how an often-ignored region in Africa seems set grow in prominence, for the wrong reasons. Professor Stephen Hsu discusses the implications of genomic risk-scoring in health care. And we look at the rise of the couture designer in China. Tom Standage hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/02/1922m 2s

The world ahead: Regulating AI

In this episode we discuss what the future holds for the regulation of artificial intelligence. Is populism on the rise in Canada and will it impact Justin Trudeau's chances of re-election? And does China’s new record-breaking bridge really bring it closer to Hong Kong? Anne McElvoy hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1921m 48s

The world ahead: Will you (not) marry me?

Why will civil partnerships become more common – among straight people? What will the future look like for CCTV surveillance? Also, the business opportunities in North America for retailing cannabis. Simon Long hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/1817m 46s

The world ahead: Move over, baby boomers

What will America's political landscape look like once millennials outnumber the baby-boom generation? 2019 will also see a triumphant return to the moon. And how Japan is hoping to attract even more tourists. Anne McElvoy hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC x 4.0)   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/1821m 5s

The world ahead: Universal lessons

What would it look like if every child around the world attended school? And we also consider how far the ‘gig economy’ can go. Also, we ask the question: what foodstuff will be sustaining mankind in the future? Hal Hodson hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1817m 14s

The world ahead: Xi’s world order

What would the world look like if China made the international rules? Also, what if actors were replaced by digital versions of themselves? We also consider how the future is framed for eyewear. Anne McElvoy hostsMusic by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/1819m 12s

The world ahead: Generation XX

What would the world look like if 50% of CEOs were women, and what would have to change to make this possible? We also consider a future in which drones police the oceans, making it harder to get away with lawlessness at sea. Tom Standage hosts Music by Chris Zabriskie "Candlepower" (CC by 4.0)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1814m 55s

The world ahead: Trailer

Coming soon: a new future-gazing series from The Economist that examines an assortment of speculative scenarios, what-if conjectures and provocative prophecies. Thinking about possible futures can help us understand the present, and catch glimpses of the world ahead.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/181m 20s
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