Ideas

The Ideas section presents clear, bold arguments about the ideas that should shape our future. It's an opportunity for the writer to present the world as it could be, focusing on the world's most pressing issues and exciting innovations. Contributors are journalists, academics, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and others whose expertise and experience surface surprising insights and provoke conversation and debate. To submit a story, see our writing guidelines at ideapod.com/contribute.

I have a confession to make. I’m an overthinker, and my overthinking has consumed my life. My overthinking is characterized by non-stop thoughts, even when I’m absorbed completely in the present moment. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing. My mind runs rampant. Over the last decade, I’ve been aware of being an...
In a matter of a few tragic minutes, thousands of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, US, went from thinking the screaming sirens were part of a fire drill to hiding under desks and chairs to escape gunfire. Last week, student Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed at least...
Have you come across the term “Singularity” on the internet and wondered what the hell it is? Another technological mystery too obscure for ordinary folks to understand? Well, let’s see if we can figure it out. The term “singularity” refers to the time when computers, or rather the artificial intelligence (AI)...
You would expect a world class performance from a top athlete, wouldn't you? Wouldn't you expect the same from the world's leading nation? Well, guess again. Here are 5 stunning ways how the US fails its citizens and which they prefer to keep silent on. 1. Education If the US would...
Euthanasia, or assisted dying, has always been a controversial issue, but now one man has taken the issue one step further. Philip Nitschke, nicknamed Dr. Death, has built the world's first 3D-printed euthanasia machine that comes with a detachable capsule that acts as a coffin. Interesting similarity between our euthanasia doctor’s...
The police officer shined his lights onto my car and turned on his sirens. I thought to myself, “Oh crap, I am in big trouble.” I felt myself turning red and my heart was pumping. I got a ticket and was slapped with a big fine. As I drove into my driveway,...
It’s not every day you get to put to someone this statement: One day human beings will become one with technology. We will merge with machines. But, on 13 November 2017, at the Creative Innovation Global Conference 2017, I got to do just that. I put the above proposition to Raymond McCauley,...
"Drive for economic growth means less jobs in the future as companies focus on profits, outsourcing and automation.'" -- Peter Hunt AM at Creative Innovation Global 2017 We have all heard the warning bells: “Robots are taking over our jobs!” Whether we like it or not, the anxiety isn’t unfounded. During the...