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How Will The World Be Like in 100 Years?
Interesting question that, but I guess we all have wondered about this question at one time or another. I am no Nostradamus but I'd try and do some crystal ball gazing on this one. Do note that this is just my personal cystal ball gazing, as to how I see the future a 100 years from now!! Some say humans have the 'potential' to foresee the future. Some claim that in concert humans can quite accurately visualize how things would be in the future. It certainly does seem that some humans in the past have dreamt up or visualized the future quite accurately. So, who knows - maybe, just maybe some of the things mentioned here might just be fact (not fiction) in the future!!
The Environment in a 100 Years:
I actually think that the environment would be in a far better place than it is right now. I know it is hard to be optimistic about the environment, seeing how the developed and developing countries are at loggerheads on issues of climate change and how to tackle it. The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is case in point. However, 100 years in the future, I see countries utilizing clean energy (wind energy, solar energy, nuclear energy, perhaps a new, clean, as-of-now unknown energy source) -- as opposed to fossil fuels. The reason for my optimism is that there is just no option before humans other than to switch to cleaner energy sources!! Unlike the naysayers, I believe climate change is a FACT, and sooner or later, the naysayers would come around to this view, especially when they see undeniable proof of climate change in terms of very demonstrable, undeniable, drastically changed weather patterns.
A hundred years into the future, therefore, I see vast expanses of land (all over the world), where wind farming projects have come up providing sustainable renewable energy. I see the vast majority of cars running on water (yes - water indeed), causing no harm at all to the environment. I believe the technology for this doesn't exist as of yet, although I've seen claims of cars running on water. The technology though, I believe, can be developed in the future. I see that the thing called "plastics" is extinct - people are using biodegradable materials instead thereby saving the Earth of the vast quantities of debris that just doesn't go away, whether in our oceans or on our land. I see that there is no such thing as "paper" anymore - people therefore don't cut trees anymore. Not even for building houses - composite, unheard-as-of-yet materials have replaced wood.
I see that air travel 100 years in the future is not via the same fuel-guzzling airplanes we have today. They have given way to alternate-fuelled airplanes, primarily powered by hydrogen-based fuel technology. I see that houses in the future have discarded the conventional heating systems employed by us now. Instead, passive houses have become the standard, which rely on the houses' own generated heat to heat the house, thereby being more environmentally friendly and being energy efficient.
Human Society in a 100 Years:
Things are not quite rosy here. I see that countries still exist (good thing I guess). Borders are still guarded zealously and fought for - via wars when required and when not required in equal measure. I see nations squabbling over water - that preciously scarce resource of the future. I see that terrorists still abound - the Osama Bin Laden types still roam the Earth terrorizing countries and peoples with newer weapons and newer methods of instilling terror. I see that the United States is no longer the sole superpower of the world -- the most powerful country on Earth. I see the most powerful countries dominating the world as being China, India, Brazil and Russia in that order. I see that China and India have become the equivalent of the US and the erstwhile Soviet Union - fighting another Cold War between them and competing for resources and influence around the world.
What Technologies Can We Develop in 100 Years?
Technology in a 100 Years:
In addition to what I've stated above, I see that we've progressed significantly - technologically speaking. I see that we've developed nanobots (incredibly small microscopic robots) that repair our body and do the required plumbing of its systems, keeping us healthy and making us live longer than anytime in world history. These nanobots have been programmed by humans to function as our body's warriors by fighting off cancer cells and viruses that invade our body. Primarily because of these advances, I see that the average age a person can live has stretched well beyond a 100. However, 100 years into the future, I see that immortality continues to evade the human race. Cyber immortality, however, is a reality. People can live forever in cyberspace by downloading their collective memories and experiences onto the information superhighway. I see that our consciousness continues to live on in the cyber world, far after we have gone in the physical sense.
I see that bionic humans are common 100 years in the future. Apart from using bionic parts for medical necessities, I see that people volunteer to get implanted with bionic parts just as they do with plastic/cosmetic procedures today. I see that amputees don't exist anymore - they are able to regenerate practically all body parts through biological advances made in the future. I see that we've developed technology (warp drives, et all) to enable us to travel to distant galaxies and go "boldly where no man or woman has ever gone before." I am not sure of the exact technologies required for this and the exact state of research on this and whether it is theoretically possible, however, we might yet discover so many things in the future that could enable us to make those fantastic dreams possible. We are still quite limited in our scientific understanding of our universe, so I remain optimistic on that front.
Well, there you have it. I see that the world would be a far better place to live in, but would continue to have some of the same problems (like terrorists and terrorism). Compare the world 100 years ago and where we are now and you can get a fair idea of how the world would be 100 years in the future!!
People back then would have laughed off some of the technologies we have developed since and use today. I see all of the above (and more) being a reality 100 years in the future.
© 2008 Shil1978