The annual World Economic Forum is underway (Jan. 17-20) in Davos, where more than 3,000 participants will experience 400 sessions from world leaders on the technological, political and economic transformations that will most impact our future. And the state of the world’s health isfront-and-center: from sessions like “Mental Health Matters” (Jan. 20) to “Are We Losing the Fight for Human Health?” (Jan. 18).
The first grocery store with no cashiers, Amazon.go in Seattle, just opened - a sign of how the coming wave of automation, robots and drones will swallow millions of global jobs. While they’re sure to further exacerbate inequalities, Malleret also ponders how they will worsen the global “Loneliness Epidemic.” When people (ultra-social animals) are increasingly served by an army of robots and drones, what will happen to our “humanness” and wellness?
On January 1st, a new law in France requires companies with more than 50 employees to start negotiations defining the rights of employees to ignore emails and smartphones in the evenings, on weekends and during vacations. Given the damage that our “always-on” work culture wreaks in terms of burnout, should the “right to disconnect” be legislated? Watch this space: this will become a prominent global issue in 2017.
A new study from Longborough University, UK (studying 63,591 people) found that the “weekend warrior” exerciser (compressing weekly exercise into a couple of workouts) lessened the risk of early death as much as those who do frequent workouts throughout the week. And people that exercised in any amount were 29 percent less likely to die prematurely.