Jan 7, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

I've found your analyses to be sober and insightful. The clarify you offer is much appreciated given the amount of chaos and upheaval we are currently experiencing in modern times. Your follow-up on ocean plastics introduced me the notion of concentration of force, and I'd like to pull the thread a bit more. How is political warfare being conducted on the internet? Many news outlets have noted a troubling rise of authoritarianism, but I think they usually miss the mark when explaining what is driving this trend. Peter Torchin has offered an explanation of today's political polarization: society is overproducing elites. I'm not the extent to which this is a satisfying explanation. How can we expect polarization to play out - are there historical precedents for this? I expect these to be difficult subjects to write about given the intense rhetoric and strong feelings about them, but if I had to nominate someone who can offer an objective, clear analysis, it'd be you, Tomas!

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

I'm a new subscriber and looking forward to exploring your thoughtful analyses. Your list of future topics is terrific, and ambitious! A few of your comments suggest that you are comfortable with economic and population growth. I'd like to hear more about how you understand them, particularly with the constraint of finite resources. It is the 50th anniversary of the 1972 report "The Limits to Growth" (updated several times since), that identified the danger of "overshoot". It seems to me that the predictions are largely on track, with a few updates in the model along the way. This next decade looks to be one that might confirm a less pleasant future, having exceeded the planet's "human carrying capacity". With your strong skills of analyzing and connecting the complexities involved, I'd love to hear your views of the modeling by that group. I have heard many denials and rejections of it, but have not encountered a convincing analysis for why it isn't valid.

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Great list. On the topic of immortality. I wonder what would be the side effects of having immoral humans. Would that come with negative side effects? How should we deal with them? It might be interesting to explore that topic

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I'm a Pediatrician and can tell you that this pandemic has been devasting for children of all ages. They are unable to socialize properly, many simply can't learn online, and there is a not-so-hidden epidemic of mood dysregulation and social dysfunction which is going to have an enormous negative impact as these kids move into adullthood.

None of these topics really address the evolving impact that this event - which will likely not really subside for 1-2 years - will have on our soon-to-be adults.

My main vote would be for AI. There are enormous pitfalls in AI, many of which are simply not being addressed. In my field, EMRs have resulted in huge drops in productivity due to the enormous numbers of person-hours devoted to truly meaningless data entry; and in a mass early exodus of clinicians who did not sign up to be data-entry clerks. At the same time, the introduction of algorithms has made it far more difficult for clinicians to step "outside the box" and engage in creative medical solutions to unique and difficult problems. Also, there is little to no acknowledgement that algorithms have their own deep problems rooted in the way in which boundary conditions are set - a process which always involves bias, usually unacknowledged. (Easiest example is the bias in facial recognition software towards white male faces - but it clearly exists in medical algorithms as well.)

Just some thoughts.

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

Hi, I just got here. I very much enjoyed reading your free newsletters (although I still have to find the time and the quiet mindset to read some of them), so I decided to offer myself a subscription.

All the items in your list are fascinating, and most of them cross-pollinate: the future of humans, demographics, nation-states, corporations all impact each other. You are exploring the different pieces of the puzzle; maybe it would be useful from time to time to zoom out and try to see a "big picture" (or at least part of it).

I know that the point is to vote our favorite topics (and mine would be on the future of nation-states); but a topic that I couldn't find in your list and would entice me is the future of the US (and possibly democracy, or political systems in general).

Just my 2 cents. Thanks for the great work!

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

Yo voto por estos temas para el 2022:

-¿Qué podemos hacer para ayudar a evitar las migraciones y las muertes?¿Cómo podemos ayudar para que se desarrollen los paises con más migrantes por falta de medios y educación?

-Educación: como industria del conocimiento, va a cambiar por completo. ¿Por qué no ha sucedido todavía? ¿Qué se necesita para que suceda?

-Cómo y cuando, a qué edades, debemos enseñar a los niños para mejorar su desarrollo mental y ayudarles a entender y distinguir lo correcto de lo negativo?

-Cuidado de la salud: aunque menos obvio, también es una industria del conocimiento. Como todos los demás, está a punto de sufrir una revolución. ¿Cuáles son las barreras para su revolución?

-El secreto de la felicidad: qué es y cómo lograrlo.

-El activismo por el cambio climático ha fracasado. ¿Por qué? ¿Qué podemos hacer al respecto?

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

I looked at all the topics and can't easily decide what wouldn't be interesting. What I love about Uncharted Territories is the long-term view and each article feels like a deep dive on a specific puzzle piece that helps me better understand where we are going, or at least where we have come from. Missing one of those puzzle pieces could introduce a big potential gap so if you think it's important, I would like to hear about it :)

The only major topic that I think is underserved according to your current plan is climate change. If you could explore more different topics related to climate change from more different angles, I would love to read about it.

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

So exciting! Very interested in the articles about nation-states, demographics and geohistory.

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Tomas Pueyo

These all sound great, it will be very hard to pick an ordering!

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A way of answering your question. #1 is easier and needed for #2 and #3. Your approach is societal and civilization levels and will need the tools and vision to be effective. Or vertical problem-solution are easier and if within a global mindset (humanity) are more consumable.

Umbrella Topics:

(1) Science-Technology:

Harnessing Science – Technology to meet the needs of Humanity - Not the needs - benefit of the few

The Future of Atoms

Artificial Intelligence & Automation


Social Engineering

(2) Bringing the Collective Mindset Up to Needs of Our Time:

Finding the Right Balance of Government, Industry, Business and Finance for a Sustainable United States (Model for Future Democracies)

The Future of Nation-States

The Future of Knowledge Industries

The Future of Countries

GeoHistory Series

The Corporate Future

(3) Being Human as Part of Humanity:

Humanity Potential and Human Potential – Finding the means and balance for harmonizing both human and humanity potential; or seeking the power of human unity that enables human individuality and diversity

The Future of Demographics

The Future of Humans

Personal Development of the Future

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Native American "slow think" recommends that when making a decision, consider the impact on 1) 7 generations out

2) our planet

3) my community

4) my family

and finally

5) myself

My request is that with each article, you help us become citizen activists and agents of change by offering concrete, actionable steps readers can take in some or all of these categories (do this/ stop doing this)

For example, regarding plastics

1) as a self decline plastic straws and lids

2) as a family recycle and use products like bar soap instead of liquid soaps with plastic containers

3) as a "communtarian" install and use recycle containers in your child's school, your church or your business

4) as a "planetarian" do xxxx/ stop doing yyyy/ with your investments or contributions or your vote......

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Just read your Russia article. Thinking about your China article.

Mixing those thoughts with all your other posts...

Brings me to one question : although I subscribe to your analysis about the doom of nation states, how should we expect possible nation states typical aggressions, if and when they happen, to affect technology advances and expectable progress of humanity? There used to be a saying, somewhat like "there's nothing a good old war couldn't fix"... Should we change it to "nothing a good old war couldn't x down or destroy"?

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I can't give you much help prioritizing, except to second the vote on finding new angles on climate change. While Bill Gates' book has a plan to turn it around, it looks impossible given the state of the world today and human nature. We need some fresh analyses and ideas. Otherwise, I'm excited by all the topics you're working on - thank you, glad to support this with my subscription!

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