At TEDxRoma 2017 we imagined and designed the future for the next 20 years.

2037 is the future we are creating now, which we will not only leave to the new generations, we will see it with our own eyes and experience it through the choices we make, and, in 2037, we will be called to explain the reasons and the underlying meaning for such choices.

It is a future we imagine today to be beyond the imaginable, but that needs to borne out of a “slow” thinking process, out of a responsible gesture that maintains always at the heart of it the theme of ethics of progress as a result to work towards to, in order to offer humanity a better perspective.

2037 will be our close future, but will we be capable to transform it in a gift containing the solutions to our most long-standing problems? Will be able to use science and human ingenuity to create the platforms for a new society of the future, stronger and more aware than the one of the past?

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We started from the concept of “porous borders” in the first session to indicate how the passage from our time to the next one, from a place to the one next to it, from a thought to its overcoming won’t always come out of radical gestures or vertical choices. Right on the border of contamination between different cultures and societies, in the middle of traditions and new needs, today exists that porousness that perhaps leads to the answers and visions we are looking for.

A space, therefore, in which to observe the present and plan the future in a way that includes the request for change and respect for diversity.

In this session we look at the theme of our future cities, of the potential energy systems;of integration with those different from us, but not so distant, ways of feeling and therefore of the populations and of their coexistence and we imagine each frontier to be more opaque, porous and become a sustainable future between present and future that marks the real origin of transition.

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The second session narrated the imaginary phenomenon of the “fluctuating world” or rather those new worlds that are losing those solid reference points of the past and that are generating new realities in which we are called to construct the pillars for the future. Technology and medicine, informatics and robotics, creativity and new economy, are today more and more interconnected and this new dimension of bridging and contrast between disciplines is the base of the future we will live through a new paradigm which is completely new and multidisciplinary.

From today to the next 20 years we will live the fastest and most radical era of change that history has ever seen and we will be called right now to learn about these new worlds and the unexpected realities that are the result of their continuous fluctuation.

In this session we speak about artificial intelligence and cyber security, of new inclusive systems for architecture and biogenetic, furthermore of new worlds in marketing and of the different role that copyright will need to have in the future to give value to the always growing offer of creativity as substitute to the diminuishing numbers of traditional job places.

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In this third session we have uncovered the theme of society and democracy of tomorrow.We have called it “Utopia of a positive future”, to call out a message of hope and a declaration of need. The reference is clear, and desired, to Plato’s beautiful utopia which he advocated in his vision of Zeus’s time, thinking about a humankind equipped with freedom and capacity, but that at the same time he too was concerned about imagining potential failures caused by the excessive freedom, and therefore democracy, generated should these not be supported by competency and honesty.

And we tomorrow, in the light of the social and economic asymmetries in act, will we be capable to become more more aware and enlightened and use freedom and progress obtained until now to reach higher goals? What will be the new “Time” of our future?

Will we create perhaps a utopistic, yet virtuos model of sustainable future? And if we are truly at the rise of a new beginning, will this be the prelude for a mutation in perspective capable to build a new rational humankind and to give it the correct balance between freedom and responsibility?

In this session therefore we speak of Democracy intended as friendship, meritocracy and great intuitions, of fear of the present with the hope that these can become opportunity for reflection and change for the future, and lastly we conclude our day with the message from Philip Zimbardo, who is seeking to create a new and more corageous society for 2037 that is made up of young called to be the everyday Super Heroes: our children!

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