In 1900 an American civil engineer named John Elfreth Watkins made a series of predictions for how the world would be 100 years later. Many of his prophecies came true. Now two futurologists have come up with their own ideas for life 100 years from now. These are ten ways Ian Pearson and Patrick Tucker say the world will be different in 100 years.
1. We will be able to communicate through thought transmission.
Transmission will be just as easy as other forms of brain augmentation. Picking up thoughts and relaying them to another brain will not be much harder than storing them on the net.
2. We will be able to control the weather.
There is already some weather control technology for mediating tornadoes and making it rain. New methods will be developed to head off severe weather conditions.
3. Antarctica will be open for business.
The area seems worth keeping as a natural wilderness, but large areas will be used commercially for resources. It should be possible to do so without harming nature.
4. There will be one world currency.
We are already seeing electronic currency that can be used anywhere, and this trend will continue. By 2050, most national currencies will be phased out.
5. There will only be three languages in the world.
As the world becomes one, these are the only languages that will endure: English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Minor languages are dying at a rapid pace already.
6. California will exit the United States.
There are already some indications that the liberal state wants to split off from the rest of the country. The emerging political divide will foster this effort.
7. Marriage will be replaced by an annual marriage contract.
While traditional marriage will remain an option, many will choose this new route. As lives are lived longer, being married to the same person for 70 years will lose its appeal in a secularized society.
8. One world government may evolve.
Sovereign nation states will become increasingly dependent on larger, more powerful nations. This could lead to one world government – as far fetched as it appears right now.
9. War will be fought by remote control.
This will especially be true in the West. There will be no more “boots on the ground.”
10. We will be wired to computers that will make our brains work faster.
We can expect this as soon as 2050 for many people. By 2075 most people in the developed world will use machine augmentation of some sort for their brains and, by the end of the century, pretty much everyone will.
About the Authors
Ian Pearson and Patrick Tucker are futurists, published by the BBC.