We are approaching fast towards a digital world. But what would happen in 30 years? Can you sensibly peer that far in the future?
Well, until 2007 there was no iPhone- the digital device which changed everything as Steve Jobs said about it.
So what about the next 30 years? Well here are some of the predictions that are likely to happen in 2050:
Reaching 10 billion population
There will be 10 billion people in the world and the great demographic division will be one of age. India and China are the largest populated countries in the world. But by the next decade, India will surpass China becoming the most populated country in the world. While the USA will be the third, following by Nigeria and Africa.
Humans on Mars
In 2024, SpaceX plans to send its transport ship to Mars. While NASA estimates that their Mars mission won’t start until after 2030. Elon Musk will send a Cargo ship to Mars in 2022, A Manned Mission will follow it in 2024, two years later. Musk ship is Called the “Interplanetary Transport System” or “ITS” which is capable of carrying over a hundred people out of the Earth’s orbit in one time. It would be successful only when the planets are in line which can be quite tricky as this happens once every 26 months. But if everything goes as planned, Over a Million people will be settled on the Red Planet in the next 100 years.
Bitcoin will be the main currency of the world
Some economists say that Bitcoin may take over FIAT after the next global economic crisis, which is predicted to happen in 1–3 years from now. Whether this will happen this fast or not, it will surely happen in 10–20 years, and by the year 2050, people will think of government-issued money as something from the 20th-century socialist era.
Along with Bitcoin, few other cryptocurrencies that have some concrete advantages will survive, but their total use will be less than 10% of the use of Bitcoin.
Increased Life Expectancy
This will mean that with specific medical treatment scientists will be able to prolong healthy human lifespans until eternity. Of course, it will not mean that people will stop dying completely as this treatment will probably not be available to the poorest part of the world and our bodies will not become indestructible, and therefore people will still die in the result of accidents and other physical trauma.
Non-Human Artificial Intelligence
This is simply a matter of time, as computing power on the machines doubles every 2 years, and by 2050 (which is 32 years from now) computers will be 30 thousand times faster and smarter than they are today. Smarter than human AI will be probably created much earlier than 2050, and by 2050 the existence of non-human super-intelligence will be certain.
Radical Birth Control
Overpopulation is a huge problem, and the only cause of it is the high birth rate. In most Western countries the birth rate has already dropped below the natural preservation rate (which is 2 children per 2 adults) and will continue to do so. But in developing countries, it’s still too high and those countries are alone responsible for the overpopulation problem we have. In the future governments will either limit families in having only 1 child or forcefully sterilize people. Children are not the future, they are the past.
Due to the growth and excellence of virtual reality more and more of our daily activities will move into the virtual world. We will not only play and watch movies there but also spend more and more of our free time thereby virtual traveling and meeting people using our avatars.
The popularity of virtual reality will also grow since in real life all sorts of accidents can happen to you or you can become a victim of a crime. While virtual reality will be perfectly safe, at least for your physical body.
Robots will be a part of our life
By 2050 we will have advanced human-like assistants, servants, and sex robots. They will resemble people so much that by interacting with them we will satisfy our social needs. And interacting with robots will be much easier. They will not have their own will (as their sole purpose will be in serving us), they will not have feelings, they will not get angry, annoyed, or tired. Therefore they will be perfect companions as we will no longer have to take into account their needs or wishes and compromise with them.
Robots will take over our jobs
In a couple of decades, robots will be able to perform all physical tasks that we perform, starting from cutting our hair to serving us at the restaurant and cooking our food. Many jobs are already replaced by robots, so progress is inevitable.
This will lead to the birth of a large class of poor people, with no ability to reach even the basic standard of living, and at the same time, it will give birth to an even richer group of people who will together own everything.
Unless you are very smart and educated, your only chance of making a living will be through business. That is renting your apartment, self-driving car, or assistant robot to someone else, given that you have the funds to purchase it in the first place.
The cost of most services and products will be reduced a lot. Take for example self-driving taxis. To provide taxi services, you will no longer have to pay the salary of the driver (which is usually half of the expenses) and therefore the companies will be able to offer rides half of the price.
Nearly 20 people die every single day waiting for an organ transplant. Trauma and disease sometimes require every body part to be replaced. But there are not enough healthy organs for everyone.
Medical science has been working on the development of Artificial organs such as heart, kidneys that can keep people alive for decades.
However, it relies on Stem cells. These Stem cells can adapt the use of all kinds of organs in the body.
To create organs, Scientists need to combines Stem cells with 3D printing technology. They use a special material called “Biolink” that guides the Stem cell’s growth.
By 2050, Scientists will be creating synthetic organs that will save thousands of lives.
High Weather Temperatures
The climate is likely to become extreme in several ways, including an increase in both fires and floods, rainy days and droughts, cold snaps, and temperature spikes. Research suggests that uncomfortable heat stresses the body, increasing the risk of heart problems and stroke, especially in the elderly. High temperatures have also been linked to an increase in pre-term births and infant mortality. Studies on students and stockbrokers and other workers have shown that temperatures above 80 degrees slow down thinking processes, making it harder to focus and make decisions.
The North Pole will Disappear
The North pole has gotten significantly smaller over the years due to Global Warming. Since 1980, the artic has shrunk by over 40%. It continues to decrease by 30,000 square miles every year.
Currently, the North Pole has been Frozen the year around. But by 2040, it will be completely ice-free during the summer. And after 10 years there may not be any snow even in the coldest months.
This will lead to a huge disturbance on the Earth. There can be events like Unpredictable weather, Warmer oceans, vanished coral reefs, and even stronger storms.
Water Level in 2050
Water distribution across the planet is a challenge, too: By 2050, more parts of the world will go through droughts, while others will be deluged with floods. It’s hard to believe that a place like Phuket, Thailand, could suffer from a water shortage when about 100 inches of rain falls there per year.
Preparing for the drought scenario—alternative water supplies, expansion of the water supply portfolio—and the flood scenario, which includes dam maintenance and flood risk management, is the need of the Hour.
It’s a wake-up call. Suddenly it makes you ask: “What am I doing with the rest of my time on Earth?” That could be the kick we need to re-engineer our social networks and get more local, more focused on community, which is what many psychologists and social scientists say is good for us anyway.
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