The FuturICT 2.0 General Assembly (August 28, 2018) was an engaging and thought-provoking reflection on how to manage complex, global, socially interactive systems. Over the course of two sessions, 12 presentations, and some pertinent questions, participants gained an invaluable insight into how emerging smart technologies can be used to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, such as climate change, economic crises and other complex global challenges.
decentralised financial system powered by blockchain
Among many noteworthy speakers during the morning session, Anna Carbone (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) described how blockchain technology could be deployed in the supply chain of the agrifood sector to make it safer and more sustainable. Stefan Klauser and Marcus Dapp (ETH Zurich) discussed Finance 4.0, a decentralised financial system which would re-balance regional economic incentives to take account of environmental and social externalities by using blockchain technology and tokenisation.
an intense day of analysis, learning and interaction
The afternoon session tackled some specific global challenges in depth. Kevin Parnell of Tallinn University of Technology explained how rigorous scientific research is being used to guide the policy response to coastal erosion in Australia. A project which harnesses IoT technologies to improve the accuracy and reliability of scientific data on migration was discussed by Pilleriine Kamenjuk (University of Tartu, Estonia).
Overall, it was an intense day of analysis, learning and interaction. You can find the slides of all the other presentations here.