To populate this, Supertrends will invite a limited number of deeply qualified experts. Experts are labelled as such, because they have specific deep insight into a sector and its developments which might impact the future. Most of these experts should be people who, through their daily work, contribute to creating our future.
Experts represent a higher user level in the system. In addition to the benefits included with being a registered user, each expert is engaged with formulating small parts of the overall map. They do this by submitting Events: major developments or innovations that will take place in the future, allowing the crowd to form the consensus of when it will happen.
That’s not all! Experts also benefit from:
“Will there be a new gene therapy for my diabetic son, so he does not have toinject insulin every day?”
“Will someone find my idea interesting and turn it into a practical product?”
All of us wonder about the future course of events, especially given the many new developments we hear about on a near-daily basis. Foresight based on predicted trends can help us penetrate the cloud of uncertainty that looms before us, and helps us plan our own lives while simultaneously fine-tuning our efforts to change society for the better.
Becoming a Supertrends expert allows you to:
Every Supertrends expert holds unique knowledge about the future. We select our experts based on metrics designed to identify not only established scientists, but also young innovators. Our expert evaluation metrics go beyond traditional indexes such as publication, education, or experience to include innovativeness of startups and social impact. Our expert team includes:
We ask all our experts to participate actively in our community by creating and predicting future events in areas of their expertise. This input will inform our Timeline, which offers an overview of trends and milestones across the whole spectrum of fields and industries, as well as the year in which they are expected to be realized.
Depending on their time and willingness, we may also contact our experts with requests to be interviewed for featured articles or to join advisory boards or popup think tanks.
Simply click on “Create Events”. An event consists of three parts: a title, a brief description, and the predicted time. Please keep in mind the following when creating events:
b. The result of the change
The new state of the subject, as brought about by the postulated change.
c. A metric for the result
Events and predictions must relate to outcomes that are measurable in either quantitative or qualitative terms. Quantitative change can be measured by percentage, frequency, monetary value, etc. A qualitative difference may be measured, for example, by a state of events appearing for the first time. The outcome may need to be clarified in more detail in the description.
Example of an event:
Title: Gene and cell therapy for Type 1 diabetes based on chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) Tregs is clinically available.
Description: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a serious autoimmune disease in children and young adults, caused by T-cell-mediated destruction of pancreatic β-cells. With a prevalence of ~0.3% in Caucasians, T1D is currently irreversible once clinically diagnosed.
The treatment of T1D depends on insulin therapy. Besides poor compliance of insulin administration in T1D children, especially boys, insulin therapy is associated with a number of potential complications years later, e.g., cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, eye and kidney complications, and some types of cancers. Therefore, new forms of therapy for T1D are being sought.
The pathogenesis of T1D involves loss of self-tolerance to pancreatic β-cell autoantigens, either centrally in the thymus or in the peripheral immune system. In recent years, CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been recognized as playing an important role in maintaining immune tolerance and inhibiting autoimmune disease. Gene and cell therapy that is based on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) Tregs without affecting the general immune competence of the host has become a promising direction for ultimately inducing specific immune tolerance and stopping the progress of T1D.
Predicted time: 2025
All users can help build a consensus on the timeline of events submitted by other experts by making their own predictions on the expected timeframe. Click on “Predict” to start this feature. Flip through the cards until you reach an event to which you want to add your prediction.
Click on “Predict now!” to add your own prediction. You will see a keypad for adding the year in which you believe the anticipated event will become a reality.
Once you have made a prediction of your own, you will be able to see an overview of all users’ predictions, as well as the consensus prediction based on aggregated input. You can always come back and renew/edit your prediction.
To add your comments, click on “Start discussion” at the bottom of the entry for an event. Feel free to ask questions, submit links to relevant web content, and start a debate by engaging with the community.
You can bookmark specific events to monitor related predictions and to follow discussions in the comments section. Just click on the “bookmark” symbol to add an event to your list. You can find all of your bookmarks under “More -> Bookmarks”.
You can follow other experts to see their contributions, either by viewing their profile and selecting “Follow”, or by clicking on the “Follow” icon on an event card.
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