Abstract: "LHC data have so far shown no evidence of low energy (N=1)
supersymmetry, and it is thus not exluded that it is simply not there.
What would the implications of such a non-discovery be for the whole
idea of supersymmetry? In this talk I will discuss possible consequences of such a non-discovery from a more theoretical perspective, and point to an alternative scenario based on some strange numerology relating the
48 quarks and leptons of the Standard Model to the 48 spin-1/2 fermions of maximal N=8 supergravity remaining after complete breaking of supersymmetry. I will also explain how new theoretical concepts `beyond' supersymmetry may help to explain the emergence of the Standard Model
from a Planck scale unified theory."