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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 8 2013: Ang you asked what are some of mine. Fusion power in packages both large and small. It will replace most other power sources and the internal combustion engine will start becoming something only your parents know about. Medically grown, personal to your DNA, body parts replacement; mechnical arms, legs, hearts, etc will no longer be used for health but for mechanical body specification to enhance the body for work or pleasure pursuits. Disease intervention at the molecular level will replace most chemical interventions, e.g. cancer, MS, etc.

    One area likely to lag and not have significant changes will be education. It may begin to morph into more individualized maybe online, but no significant change will happen. It may be set to take a significant leap forward but not in the next 20 years. A second area with little change will be transportation. Due to the fusion power the cost will be greatly reduced but the means of delivery will not be substantially different.

    As for ideas, we will begin to put many ideas together in overarching theories reversing the trend for science reductionism. Insight in the the functioning of the mind will begin to reveal now brain function actually works. Which will help with the education revolution of mid century.

    Here are just a few from me. Have a great day.
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      Aug 23 2013: Disease intervention at the molecular level...any thoughts on where that could lead?
      • Aug 24 2013: Just mostly as the name would suggest. Instead of 6 weeks of weekly chemicals placed into your veins, you would recieve a virus or some other delivery means that would carry DNA repairing/replacement parts to cells creating a disease or other problemic issue that would replace the defective DNA. The cell would revert back to a heatlhy cell and healthy for the body cell.

        Of course as soon as the procedures are figured out, others will use it for personal enhancement. Just like plastic surgery is now. Going to what might be called extreme today, as more understanding of how the body parts effect other parts, governments or even your own family may even one day force a criminal or the odd family member to undergo DNA replacement to remove whatever it determined to have caused the criminal or odd behavior. So just as we find means to correct diseases, other will be using it to corect social "illnesses."

        Welcome to the use and abuse of modern technology. Well we have been doing this for centuries and likely won't be changing that any time soon.

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