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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 12 2013: I think we'll have some neat AI 20 years from now.

    And there will be a trend towards more transparency of government and companies.
    Democracy will adapt to a better system
    And I hope steps towards a world government will be taken.

    As for climate change: I think we will start to see the first adverse effects and possibly some wars and turbulences around it.

    The chinese and other bric countries will stagnate and the developing parts of Afrika might start their rise as economical powers.

    I would predict that we'll produce a lot more local again, religion might start to crumble from within, our understanding in deseases will be better, as other sciences... and maybe some other things

    Though we will all still be humans and make our same mistakes over and over again... guess each generation will make those errors.
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      Aug 13 2013: Your suggestions sound like some of the same I heard in 1985. 1985 plus 20 = 2015. So, instead of 20 years we have only 2 years left before the predictions of that era pan out. And still no flying car. :)

      Michio Kaku has a great video about the next 20 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=219YybX66MY
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        Aug 16 2013: (1985 +20 = 2005) I think it's interesting to make the exercise and look at the thing realized, being realized and being not realized (and probably never will be)...

        Still no flying cars...true. And if you look at it: it's just not plausible. The energy needed and cost are quite high... (Why not helicopters? they do the trick, but are far too expensive for daily use)

        I do think that, compared to 1985, I couldn't say that Bric would stagnate, as Bric was then on the rise and was predicted to soar (I even think people were still busy with the cold war aftermath).

        There have been improvements in democracy (at least in Europe), AI, science, technology,... So I think these tendencies are firm enough to go further.

        And of course, we can look at Rosling's projections about population...
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      Aug 22 2013: I sincerely hope you're right about the transparency part, Christophe!

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