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They’re still under the radar, but you’ll be hearing more about these people and trends.

OZY’s own Carlos Watson joined PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill to discuss trends and people not in the headlines — yet. But they could end up reshaping our world. A rundown on the segment:

Emergency? Send in the Drones and Robots

Search and rescue teams have an important tool at their disposal: drones. They’re being used all over the world to rescue victims of earthquakes trapped under rubble or to find missing people in hard-to-get areas. How do they do it? With incredible features that are the result of years of R&D and testing, and are now ready for deployment under extreme duress. They include sensors that detect heartbeats, live video feeds and data-crunching software that analyzes rescue outcomes. All of these features can potentially save lives.

Recent developments have created greater incentives for drone use. Operating costs have plummeted and it’s now possible for drones to carry small payloads — for instance, medical supplies for people who can’t otherwise be reached. Read OZY’s story on the future of drones.

Narendra Modi’s Secret Weapon

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, brought down a political dynasty in part by appealing to the nation’s global citizens who could vote in the last national election, even if they lived thousands of miles away. Credit the indefatigable lobbying of Vijay Jolly, his 55-year-old right-hand man. Jolly’s role is to recruit nonresident Indians around the world who can still vote, by holding meetings both small and Madison Square Garden-size in order to get them involved in politics back home.

Experts in Indian politics say Jolly has made a significant contribution, especially when it comes to Modi’s positive perception abroad. Modi’s supporters also want to affect policy on immigration and other future initiatives. When they do, it will likely be because Jolly has personally communicated through one of his preferred lost-distance methods: Skype or Google Chat. Read OZY’s profile of Vijay Jolly.

The Treatments That Could Transform Speech Therapy

There’s no simple cure for stuttering, but genetic testing might get us closer to the cause of this longtime medical issue. Experts have identified DNA sequences that might soon predict which babies are susceptible to developing speech problems. But genetics is only part of the puzzle; psychiatrists are already thinking about how this might affect their treatment of those most severely affected. Read OZY’s story on new options in speech therapy.

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