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What Will The World Be Like in 50 Years? 19 Futuristic Predictions by Savantboy(m) : 11:00 pm On Nov 03, 2016
Predicting the future is tricky business. It’s hard enough to anticipate what you’ll be doing next week, let alone a year from now. And while attempting to project decades into the futureis damn-near impossible, plenty of people attempt to do so on the regular regardless. They’re called futurists, and it’s their job to predict what the world will look like in hundreds of years from now and beyond.
Many predictions are comically off-base: TheNew York Times’ proclaimed in 1920that “a rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere,” whileVarietyinsisted in 1955 that rock and roll was merely a fad, and would “be gone by June.” But sometimes, futurists are on-point: Roger Ebert basically foresaw Netflixin 1987, while Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil has correctly predicted enough technological developmentsto fill a book.
Keeping the varying accuracy of predictions in mind, we wondered what today’s futurists had to say.
What might the world look like in 50 years? Here’s what some leading minds think.
1. The world populationwill be over 9 billion. Disease will be more common, as everybody will be physically closer to everyone else, and chronic food shortagesmay be the norm (although this has been debated).
2.We'll also have to start cutting down on our energy consumption: If humankind continues to use energy at the rate it does now, and population growth follows expected trends, we will need the equivalent of three earthsto support ourselves by 2050. Which is, obviously, impossible.
3. As far as global warming goes, the Dead Sea will be almost completely dried up, nearly half of the Amazon rainforestwill have been deforested, wildfires will spread like, umm, wildfire, and the polar ice capswill be only 60 percent the size they are now.
4. Also, rising temperatures mean that heat stresswill place a significant strain on human labor productivity.
5. The majority of peoplewill live in cities, which will be increasingly more integrated with nature and plants. It’ll be standard procedure for skyscrapers to have parks and sky gardens, for example, and buildings will be covered in vegetation designed to filter out pollutants and retain CO2.
6. Wars will involve not only land and sea, but space. Moon bases will play a crucial rolein global conflicts; because the moon is essentially a massive plot of undeveloped land over which nobody has legal ownership. These bases will serve both to defend against attacks from other nations and to launch offensives.
7. Whites will be a minorityin the United States. The U.S. populationwill be around 47 percent White, 29 percent Hispanic, 13 percent African-American, and six percent Asian by 2050.
8. Superhurricane s will become a regular occurrence, which will eventually lead to the permanent abandonment of New Orleans, Houston, and other cities on the Gulf Coast.
9. Equally terrifying, there will be a nationwide wine crisisin the U.S. as climate change renders traditional vine-producing areas unsuitable for grape production.
10. Air travelwill be exponentially more awesome. When flights are under-booked, the seats will automatically shift and rearrange themselves to provide maximum comfort and space for travelers. Transparent walls will flood the cabin with natural light, and best of all, you’ll be able to get anywhere on the planet in under two and a half hours.
11. Shower headswill automatically adjust their height, water flow and temperature depending on who’s using them.
12. Robots that walk around and do stuff will be more common. They'll be deployed for mundane chores as well as dangerous tasks normally undertaken by humans (for example, clean-up at a disaster site), but the possibilities are really endless. For example, if you want to check out the conditions of an Irish hostel before booking a room, you might rent out a robotin Dublin and have it do the legwork for you, controlling it from your living room and receiving live video and audio from the walk around.
(Whether they’ll develop consciousness and start acting like Robin Williams is uncertain.)
13. We'll start incorporating nanotechnolog y into our bodies. For example, a device in your head might eliminate the need for a computer screen by projecting images (from a Skype meeting, a video game, or whatever) directly into your field of vision from within. In other words, we’ll really start to become androids.
14. Also, say goodbye to grocery shopping! Refrigerators will be seamlessly integrated with online supermarkets, so a new tub of peanut butter will be on its way to your door before you even finish the last one.
Knowing FIFA the World Cup in 2050 will be played on the surface of the sun.... #worldcup— Neil Harrison (@TheCrack__Fox) June 29, 2014
15. Going into the doctor for a checkup will no longer be necessary.
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