How will life in 2050 be like?

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    What picture do you have of the future? Will life in the future be better, worse or the same as now? What do you hope about the future?

    Futurologists predict that life will probably be very different in 2050 in all the fields of activity, from entertainment to technology. First of all, it seems that TV channels will have disappeared by 2050. Instead, people will choose a programme from a 'menu' and a computer will send the programme directly to the television. Today, we can use the World Wide Web to read newspaper stories and see pictures on a computer thousands of kilometers away. Bu 2050, music, films, programmes, newspapers and books will come to us by computer.

    Then, 'Holographic Feedback TV' will have arrived: holograms are pictures that have height, width and depth. Simple holograms exist today and 'virtual reality' games are already popular. By 2050, we will be able to see, smell and touch the things that we see on television.

    In what concerns the environment, water will have become one of our most serious problems. In many places, agriculture is changing and they are growing fruit and vegetables to export. This uses a lot of water. Demand for water will increase ten times between now and 2050 and there could be serious shortages. Some futurologists predict that water could be the cause of war if we don't act now.

    In transport, cars will run on new, clean fuels and they will go very fast. Cars will have computers to control the speed of the car and there won't be any accidents. Today, many cars have computers that tell drivers exactly where they are. By 2050, the computer will control the car and drive it to your destination. On the other hand, space planes will take people halfway around the world in two hours. Nowadays, the United States Shuttle can go into space and land on Earth again. By 2050, space planes will fly all over the world and people will fly from Los Angels to Tokyo in just two hours.

    In the domain of technology, robots will have replaced people in factories. Many factories already use robots. Big companies prefer robots- they do not ask for pay rises or go on strike, and they work 24 hours a day. By 2050, we will see robots everywhere- in factories, schools, offices, hospitals, shops and homes.

    Lat but not least, medicine technology will have conquered many diseases. Today, there are electronic devices that connect directly to the brain to help people hear. By 2050, we will be able to help blind and deaf people see again and hear again. Scientists have discovered how to control genes. They have already produced clones of animals. By 2050, scientists will be able to produce clones of people and decide how they look, how they behave and how much intelligence they have. Scientists will be able to do these things - but should they?
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    How will people fit in with this technical world.
     
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    Bigger government, higher taxes.
     
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    A world where most of the work is done by robotics.

    How does that economy work?

    The owners of theses robotic industries?

    To whom will sell they sell their robot manufactured products?

    To robots? To each other?

    Because if we play the economic games the way we play them now, they surely won't be able to sell anything to the people.

    Most of the people will be unemployable, and no longer viable economic units.

    We are already beginning to feel the socially disruptive effects of what happens when technology replaces humans workers.

    If that techological world comes to pass, we're going to need a wildly different social contract, and (think about this for a second) it will have to be some kind of truely COLLECTIVE social contract, too

    Why?

    Because the economics we have now won't work if the people can't find produtive work, right?

    The vast majority of us will be redundant.

    Just as it took unions to alter the economic system that came in the early phase of the industrial revolution, so too will some dramatic shift in thinking be necessary to accomodate the change in production if, as some of us imagine, robots and technology do most of our labor for us.

    And we are entering that phase of transition, now, really.

    This whole moving our industry base to slave economies (that we pretend is called FREE TRADE) will be a thing of the past if Robots become economically viable worker replacements.

    And I cannot help but think that CAPITALISM (which will own the means of production just as it always did) is not going to go gently into the techno-COLLECTIVE new world order easily.

    They're not about to freely SHARE the bounty that their techology is capable of producing.

    IN fact, their temptation will be rationalize that the victims of this brave new world (the redundant workers) are now worthless parasites.

    How tempting it will be, what with the ecololgy a diaster, and what with them no longer needing a human class of workers, for them to invent reasons why these people shouldn't breed...closely followed by them not deserving to exist at all.

    So the masters might be tempted to find reasons why these worthless humans need to kill each other off.

    Could be a very interesting century, folks.

    Of course, this robotic/techo future fantasy sort of depends on not much else changing but these rapid advances in tecnology, doesn't it?

    And without doubt, things that we cannot even image are important, now, can change, thus making my little futurist projection utter poppycock, too.

    For instance, environmental disasters could break the fabric of society so badly that this advancing technology track we on right now, totally founders.

    Or conversely, we might discover a source of power that is cheap and safe and nonpolluting that makes mankind so wealthy, that the transition from the dog eat dog economics that serves us so well now, seems pointlessly niggardly, and we actually do create a kind of golden age for humankind, too. And that will have to be some kind of liberal collective system, won't it?

    So assuming that tecnology continues its rapid advance, mankind's future depends on how our social sciences advance our thinking more than it depends on how the hard sciences change the way we get stuff done.

    Technology gives us the means to become wealthy, but social sciences give us the methods and the directions we need to take to use all that wealth wisely.

    Which, just in case you folks haven't noticed, we ARE NOT DOING NOW.

    We are still applying the scarcity paradigm to a world that is awash with excess wealth.

    All I can say is that the socio-economic system we have now, is NOT going to work well for very much longer.

    So our society is going to change radically, because TECHNOLOGY is going to make the system we have now economically unworkable.
     
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    There is no 2050.......at least not for humans.
     
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    Looks like there will be a lot of unemployed Futurologists out there.
     
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    I think we'll all be underwater from the ice caps melting, and yes, higher taxes and bigger government

    Oh and people will still believe that FDR was Great even though they haven't given a single coherent reason why
     
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    By 2050, if Dems stay in power, we'll just be ending our fourth consecutive 10 Year Plan to deal with double digit unemployment
     
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    You guys need to read some serious science fiction.

    I suggest you start with John Brunner.
     
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    Sounds like a plan
     

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