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Autonomous vehicles: The future is now feat. Cruise
Sales of electric vehicles hit a record high in 2020. And right now, there are about 1,400 self-driving cars in the US with over 80 companies testing their potential. On the fourth episode of a five-part mini-series on megatrends, Will Araujo, Director of Autonomous Vehicle Development at Cruise, talks about the transformation of autonomous and electric vehicles over the past decade, how cities and technology have shifted as a result, and how long he believes it will be until we all have our hands off the wheel.
China: where megatrends come together
The middle class is growing around the world, and it’s particularly growing in China. If China continues to grow at the pace predicted, its economy could be bigger than the U.S. by the late 2020s. On the third episode of a five-part mini-series on megatrends, Molly Rosenman, China Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Country Head, shares the story behind China’s growth over the past few decades and both the risks and opportunities of investing in China.
What does a low-carbon transition look like?
After yet another year of record temperatures and extreme weather events, there’s more and more discussion about how we can fight climate change and get to a net zero future – an economy that emits no more carbon dioxide than it removes from the atmosphere by 2050. But what does this transition look like in practice? Chris Ailman, Chief Investment Officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, and Salim Ramji, Global Head of iShares and Index Investments for BlackRock, share their perspective.
Moderna and CRISPR Therapeutics on fighting Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has put genomics and immunology front and center. On the first episode of a five-part mini-series on megatrends, CEO of Moderna Stéphane Bancel and CEO of CRISPR Therapeutics Dr. Samarth Kulkarni share their perspectives as companies on the frontlines. First, Stéphane shares how Moderna innovated to produce a Covid-19 vaccine in record time and the potential of mRNA technology. Then, Samarth discusses how the medical breakthroughs of CRISPR technology will impact other medical crises like cancer and sickle cell disease in years to come.
Turning climate risk into opportunity
Climate change is reshaping the global economy. And we believe it’s not just an investment risk – it’s an investment opportunity. Vivek Paul, Senior Investment Strategist for the BlackRock Investment Institute, shares his outlook for sustainability this year and explains why the sustainability wave is just getting started.
What to expect from the economic restart
We expect a restart of the global economy and more action by policymakers to cushion the virus shock – but the impact on the markets will likely look very different. On the fourth episode of a five part mini-series on our global outlook, Jean Boivin, Head of the BlackRock Investment Institute, explores what’s next for Covid-19 and policy. He discusses how a resurgence in Covid-19 cases will affect the restart of the global economy, what action we expect from policymakers this year and how everything hinges on the low-rate environment.