Life In The Future (2050)
The 2000s decade came with revolutions in many fields and sectors across the world. The internet kicked in and revolutionized the world, bringing forth things not thought of previously. In line with that, social media has made people more interconnected. From 2010, many more new inventions have been attained, and the trend seems to continue at a steady rate. The life ahead can only be uncertain, full of surprises. This paper evaluates the possible future scenarios and life in the next three decades, specifically by 2050.
The 21st century is dominated by more technology-oriented inventions than before. The 20th century saw man land on the moon. The 21st century will witness man land on several of the many planets that dot the universe. The first will be Mars, also called the Red Planet. The mission is likely to be accomplished by 2030, as planned by the NASA. That will become history and will set a precedent for future explorations by subsequent human generations. Furthermore, increased investment in research activities is likely to lead to the discovery of a vaccine for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
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Sexual and gender issues are another aspect that will change by 2050. Homosexuality has become a familiar spectacle in the current generation. Lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) issues are broadly recognized. By 2050, this is likely to be such a universally accepted factor that the law will require employers across the world to set aside a percentage of their employment vacancies such as 30% of all positions to LGBT employees. Such a requirement will run alongside the existing gender-based directive of same female and male employee ratio.
Technology is fast advancing. Social media at present acts as one of the leading source of news and interaction. It poses a threat to traditional sources of media including television, newspapers, radios, and magazines. By 2025, some of the traditional media sources, specifically print newspapers will have little role to play as online newspapers and social media will have taken over the market. Mobile phones will play a greater role in the purchase of goods, withdrawal, and deposit of money. Electronic money will replace paper money. Additionally, with the declining oil reserves across the world, electric cars will substitute petrol cars in the next few decades. Consequently, there will be a major shift in job trends.
The United States made history in 2016 by electing a president with no prior experience in political matters. The electorate is breaking away from the traditional mentality of electing experienced, tested-and-approved politicians. It is adopting a whole new approach. To say that a female president will be elected into office as president after President Donald Trump’s era will not be far from the truth. By 2050, the U.S. will have tasted feminine leadership. Also, if the current trend of the President Trump anti-immigration policy and deportation of illegal immigrants gets adequate support and following in subsequent leaderships, the United States will have a stunted population growth and very few cases of immigration. Such policies will significantly reduce U.S influence across the world.
Additionally, global warming will become an even bigger problem. Sea levels will continue to rise, and freshwater sources will be polluted. Fresh water will become a major issue hence environmental destruction will increase significantly. From another perspective, dictator tendencies, chiefly in Asia, will destabilize the world. North Korea, China, and other upcoming nuclear-armed countries will become major security threats to the entire world. Unless well handled, such countries will facilitate increased regional wars, but World War 3 will not occur. Accordingly, terrorist groups will dominate major regions of the world.
Positive futurists believe we will see more progress during the next 37 years than was experienced in the last 200 years. In The Singularity is Near, author Ray Kurzweil reveals how science will change the ways we live, work, and play. The following represents a decade-by-decade look at how we may evolve.
2013-2020 – More people become techno-savvy in a fully-wired world. Smart phones, the Internet, global trade and automatic language translators give birth to a humanity focused on improving healthcare and raising living standards. Stem cell and genetic engineering breakthroughs emerge almost daily.
Technologies that recognize voice, gestures, and predict our thoughts are bringing more technology-challenged people to the worldwide web. By decades end, holograms simulate real life images of friends, relatives and business associates, allowing them to appear at get-togethers without any travel involved.
2020-2030 – Biotech, personal nanofactories, automated systems make life healthier and easier. Doctors can direct stem cells to regrow worn tissues, bones, muscles and skin. By late 2020s, nanorobots maintain health throughout the body by reprogramming faulty DNA. These 'bots have erased humanity's most dreaded scourge – aging. Age is now important mostly as an indicator of life experience.
Nanofactories began showing up in homes by late 2020s and quickly became indispensable. These replicator machines rearrange atoms from supplied chemicals or inexpensive waste materials and create food, clothing, medicine, and most household essentials; or even another nanofactory, at little or no cost. On voice command, desired product appears within minutes. See artist rendition of a nanofactory here.
Automated systems, such as personal avatars that help manage the maze of new technologies, and household robots that prepare food, clean house, and keep homes secure, have all but eliminated most of life's drudgeries. Robot servants now surpass cars as the most indispensable family acquisition.
2030-2040 – Driverless cars, 'skycars' and brain science advances create better world. Collision-proof vehicles have reduced auto deaths to near zero. Flying cars, powered by an electromagnetic drive, travel streets and highways, and can also rise silently in the air and glide to destinations. Rides are safe in the air and on the ground, with a quantum GPS system evolved from today's military drone technology.
Neuroscientists made huge strides during the 2030s by better understanding the brain. Doctors can now help relationships receive higher levels of satisfaction and impede negative behavior in criminals.
2040-2050 – Adding non-biological parts to our bodies, signals the end of human death. Physicist Paul Davies, in his book The Eerie Silence writes that humanity's future lies in transitioning into non-biological beings. "Biological life is transitory," he says, "It is only a fleeting phase of our evolution."
By 2050, a few bold pioneers began replacing all their biology with stronger muscles, bones, organs, and brains, created economically in nanofactories. Merging with machines demonstrated the many advantages of living in non-biological bodies and convinced more people to choose this powerful option.
Non-bio bodies can auto-repair themselves when damaged. In a fatal accident, consciousness and memories are transferred into a new body. Death has now become no more disruptive than a brief mental lapse. Most people are not even aware they had died. Say goodbye forever to the dreaded Grim Reaper!
Mid-century and beyond – Influenced by Moon and Mars forays, a new era of space exploration infects humanity. Recognizing the risks of a single-planet species, experts believe that developing the high frontier and promoting a Recognizing the risks of a single-planet species, experts believe that developing the high frontier and promoting a space exodus is necessary for humanity to continue its evolutionary path. Terraforming efforts now provide Earth-like temperatures and gravity in space colonies, encouraging more people to live offworld. By 2075, Moon population stands at 5,000, Mars, 20,000.
Clearly, the road to this vision winds around unknown, and possibly even dangerous turns, but strong interest from a society linked together with an ever growing intelligent information highway suggests that this positive future could become reality; and in the timeframe mentioned above. Comments welcome.
Dick Pelletier was a weekly columnist who wrote about future science and technologies for numerous publications. He passed away on July 22, 2014.
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