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Inspired by: interviews » Somewhere in the next 50 years we will find a much better way of being alive and aware

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Originally submitted by: Ivan Montenegro Perini
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The source of the Wild Card is

Oliver SPARROW, Challenge Forum, interviewed by MIoIR


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Somewhere in the next 50 years we will find a much better way of being alive and aware


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
We will move into a much faster, more durable substrate and will do amazing things and go to amazing places. If you then ask yourself, if the ultimate quality of awareness is the same between you and me and my dog and the thing you had for lunch, and the only differences are memory and a few other minor differences, then all our value systems collapse. That will happen in the next 20 years.


values collapse, ethics, values, behavioural change, future generation


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A new development/situation
(e.g. a Romani state is established in central Europe; A message from an alien civilisation existing on a distant planet is received and understood, etc.

Type of systems affected





please specify:
please select
Level 4: important for the whole world

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

Very uncertain

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Emergence of a new system (e.g. new technologies, new paradigms)

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Behavioural change
Education dynamics
Ethics and abuse of S&T
Social pathologies & ethics
Social cohesion and diversity
Work-Life balance and mental health

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening research institutions and universities
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.