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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 9 2013: I am going to have some fun if you do not mind Ang - probably longer than 20 years but one technological change and the affect it could have on society

    assumptions: fusion power is available and a small form factor and cheap

    1. now we can have a car run on a cup of water for a year
    2. cheap power for everyone without a grid
    3..major changes in the power industry - fuel, power generation, and distribution
    4. the number of people that will need to change employment will be large
    5. still need petro-chemical industry but it will be cheaper and will need less production - exploration and production in environmental sensitive areas can be curtailed
    6. applying this to food production, housing etc. I have hopes that cheap power will help these problems
    7. cost of food and products will drop due to transportation and manufacturing cost going down with cheap power

    bad side
    1. the number of unemployed could increase dramantically
    2. the economic upheaval would be similar to the industrial revolution

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