Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
Major issues for the future of humanity

The major issues identified by the panelists are nine, and were positioned according to the level of uncertainty, emergence and time horizon:

  • The Anthropocene,
  • The population explosion,
  • The emergence of new forms of governance,
  • New tools for power shift,
  • Reconciling multiple identities within the same person,
  • The deep shift in cultural values,
  • Technological unemployment,
  • The vigorous seniors,
  • The rise of violence.

Four other major issues concern "Drivers", namely:

  • Overdependence on algorithms due to the increasing digitization of human activities,
  • Industry 4.0,
  • The increase of human intelligence,
  • Creativity without chaos.

Major issues for the future of humanity