I think the next ten years will be chaotic, devastating, and uplifting by turns. The world as we know it is changing at an accelerated pace:
2011 was a year of increased seismic activity. Our planet is experiencing dramatic alterations in weather patterns. Dormant volcanos are waking up. The next ten years will see mass migration as vast swathes of land become submerged beneath flood waters, and inhospitable places gradually become more welcoming. Increased volcanic activity will affect air traffic for lengthy periods. At least one of the biggest volcanos will have a major eruption within the next ten years with a resultant affect on air quality over a vast area.
Oil supplies and carbon based fuels will continue to dwindle as demand increases. Alternative energy sources will be identified, and people will wake up to conservation issues. Solar power, wind turbines, geo-thermal heat sourcing, will all become increasingly popular, but other new technologies will also emerge.
The next decade will see increasing tensions in the Middle East, the collapse of the Euro, plus the ravages of economic depression in the West. It will be a difficult, and occassionally frightening ten years. On the upside, all the gloom and doom will inspire a new philanthropy, and a recognition that we stand together or we fall apart.
Technology-wise the biggest innovations will be in transportation. In the short-term, personal transportation will decrease as costs continue to rise, but later, personal vehicles will be developed that are hugely fuel efficient, and take advantage of unforseen power sources. Overall, however, I forsee a time when people will travel less and less.