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Ang Perrier


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Projections for the next 20 years

Based on current global trends, financial, military, social, technological, etc... what are your predictions of what the next 20 years will have in store for your country, state, business, world, or all the above??
Compare what you think will happen to what you hope will happen.

The end of this conversation is drawing near. The theme of which has been very much what I thought it would be. Every one of us can pin point the problems of today that will lead us into a dismal future unless rectified. None of us here on TED has the "power" required to solve these problems. Individually we are far too powerless. Take a look at the size of this online community, there aren't very many of us. We are the people who choose to discuss, debate, and challenge each other. If our need to speak out and communicate about substantial issues was being satisfied completely in our daily lives many of us would not be registered in an online community seeking other like minded individuals who will care about the thoughts we think. An ignorant complacency has been epidemically spreading for too long and feels irreversible which makes the future seem a dark and dreary place. My optimism lies in the fact that we all get "it", we know, we understand, but in order for anything to come out of this understanding of what changes need to be made and what the end result has to be for all of us we need to buckle down and do something. I'm in no way trying to make that a personal attack statement, I don't feel as though we're all standing idly by as everything happens to us.
There were numerous comments suggesting that something big is speeding toward us, a game changer, a war, a revolution, a revelation, a...something. Whatever "it" is I just hope that we can discuss, debate, and challenge each other to become empowered individuals with answers as opposed to a list of problems.


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  • Aug 10 2013: I was going to write something smart and deep, but then I thought of making a list of possibilities instead.

    1) Current trends will continue and in 20 years Alaska will be open to oil companies, due to the fact that most western companies are barred from OPEC because of all out war against Iran, whose quest for nuclear power had gone too far.

    2) Technology will advance closer to the edge of human imagination, hopefully vindicating the movie "Back to The Future"'s predictions. (Who doesn't want a hover board?)

    3) More countries will become developed, forcing countries like The United States to share more resources.

    4) Economic collapse, then the UN declaring all debts unpayable or forgiven, possibly causing a war with China.

    5) In the event of a war, all countries will avoid using nuclear weapons. Developed countries would use nukes in order to avoid an unconditional surrender, but radical countries like North Korea and (maybe in the near future) Iran would use nukes in order to avoid any kind of defeat or surrender or maybe just to send a message to the world.

    6) China will make their move. (Sounds ominous right?)

    Best case scenario: None of the above occur, The World economy recovers due to years of rationing (much like America in WW2), Humanity breaks the barrier of human imagination (technically impossible), and the world's most powerful leaders congregate around a bonfire to sing "Kum Ba Yah". Hopeful, maybe, but it's a lot better to think about than any of the other possibilities.
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      Aug 25 2013: I rather enjoyed taking a second to picture a group of suited, uptight guys with briefcases and rolexes sitting out in the woods looking disdainfully around thinking that the other guy got the best spot, or that guy has a better chair than me all the while struggling to remember the words to Kum Ba Yah and never understanding what the meaning of it was supposed to be. lol

      "China will make their move" yes very ominous. What do you think that move might be?

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