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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 25 2013: So every bit of the data that we will be able to receive is centralized and can be edited and in some circumstances deleted? I don't like to be the conspiracy theorist all the time but even now I find that searching certain topics online circles me around to a few limited informational sites that don't give me everything I want. I want to have access to pure and unbiased data. But where is that even an option any more, or was it ever?
      • Aug 25 2013: One of our biggest problems today with data is there are millions of copies of the same data. In the future the data will be analyzed and only one online copy will be retained. That includes software and your own personal data.
        I know some hate the idea of socializing any services however it will be the norm of an intelligent society. If we do not learn to share we will perish. Not only should you be able to get everything you want but so should everyone else. If we learn to share there is plenty for everyone and greed and hoarding will become socially unacceptable.

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