A truly remarkable New Zealand first TV show kicked off on TV2 this past weekend. Across five consecutive nights the show’s presenters, Nigel Latta and John Campbell alongside a panel of ‘Futurists’, posed some pretty hairy questions. They asked, for example, when we consider the technological advancements and threats we currently face – what do we want our lives to look like in 20 years' time? It was truly food for thought.
Each night a new subject was discussed. The live show format enabled New Zealanders to give ad hoc feedback and vote on numerous polls during the course of the evening. Those results were then presented and discussed live by the panel of futurists.
I have to say, I really applaud New Zealand’s media for bringing the important subject of digital disruption/exponential technology and its impact on our society to everyone's attention. This knowledge empowers us as a nation to demand the change we need to embark on, in order to thrive and overcome our ever-growing problem of inequality and poverty.
I was especially impressed with the number of Kiwis willing to support a trial on the Universal Basic Income (UBI), which is an initiative I believe could fight inequality, strengthen our middle class, bring more wealth to our country and reduce criminal behavior.
For those of you who have not yet watched this series, I urge you to set aside a few hours and catch up. You can watch the series here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/what-next