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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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Thank you for all the contributions :)

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  • Aug 6 2013: More more and more people more problems Water Energy Food and the Environment.
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      Aug 6 2013: Utilizing hind sight and forthought are you able to make any predictions? So you're saying here that over population results in water, energy, and food shortages? How might society or gov. attempt to resolve the issue of shortages? How would you? That's what I'm looking for.
      • Aug 7 2013: That's a good point, but the problem is that tech fixes often create new problems - and no one wants to pay for them and while any solution will create problems - linear ones create even more problems.
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          Aug 7 2013: Based on the problems that tech has already caused and the solutions we've attempted what do you think is yet to come?
      • Aug 8 2013: More birth defects, hunger, thirst,war , religious intollerence, and crime.
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          Aug 23 2013: You don't feel that there's any solution that would constitute a genuine solution without perpetuating the cycle and escalating the problems?
      • Aug 24 2013: Okay this would require very widespread intelligent adult behavior. That is a rare thing in human history.

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