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e live in extraordinary times.
Life expectancy has risen
by more in the past 50
years than in the previous
thousand. The number of people living in
extreme poverty has fallen from 60 per cent in
the 1970s to less than 10 per cent today.
In the last 27 years, we’ve saved the lives
of 122 million children through medical
interventions. And more than 90 per cent of
those children are learning to read and write
up from around half in the 1970s.
In the space of one generation, we’ve
added three billion literate brains to our ranks.
Perhaps most importantly, we’ve
connected everyone. The internet, effectively
non-existent 20 years ago, linked one billion
people by 2005, two billion people by 2010,
and today, more than half of the planet is
online, most of them via the mobile phone.
This is a big story, bigger than anything
we’ve ever seen before. It’s a new, digital
form of globalisation that’s opened the door
to developing countries, to small companies
and start-ups, and to billions of individuals.
A teenage girl from Afghanistan can now
get into Harvard by taking free school lessons
online, and Syrian refugees can use
Facebook for updates to guide their journey
to safety, or Whatsapp to stay in touch with
their families back home.
We no longer need to rely on traditional media channels for news. Citizen journalists are all
tweeting, blogging, or uploading their stories to YouTube. We can get access to Al Jazeera or
Fox News as readily as we can to the BBC. New voices are being heard, their videos and
tweets providing first-person, human stories with an immediacy that no second-hand report
Billions of people are starting to speak out, and that means we are no longer able to claim
ignorance and filter out the terrible things that have happened on the watch of good people in
the past. Remember. The intolerance, bigotry and selfishness aren’t new. The crooked
politicians aren’t new, the guns aren’t new, the racists aren’t new, and the hate isn’t new either.
What is new is the network, and the connected cameras. And that changes everything.
Attend the conference to learn more
Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter are featured speakers at the PCOA conference being held
from November 26–28 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. The title of their
presentation is: “The Future Is Better Than You Think – Future Crunch”.
Future Crunch is part of a global movement of scientists, technologists, hackers and creatives
who think there are new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century.
Dr Angus Hervey is a political economist, journalist and media commentator specialising in
the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is the former community manager for
Random Hacks of Kindness, the longest running and largest social hackathon in Australia, and
the former editor of Global Policy, one of the world’s leading international policy journals. He
holds a Masters in Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of
Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012.
Tane Hunter is a science communicator, futurist and bioinformatician. He has worked for the
Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases in children and is currently
completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, using molecular
biomarkers and artificial intelligence to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for
people suffering from cancer. He is also a former US mountain biking champion, and an avid
sailor, participating in races around the world. m
Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter are proudly sponsored by Ovations for the PCOA conference.
Featured speakers at this
year’s PCOA conference,
Dr Angus Hervey and Tan
Hunter, explain why the future
is looking bright.
PCOA UPDATE | ANGUS HERVEY & TANE HUNTER
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