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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 27 2013: Everything not compulsory will be forbidden. Everything not forbidden will be compulsory. In any given situation, there will be only one action to be taken that is free from sanction, and it will be required to be taken. Or you will be sanctioned. Offending someone will be at least a misdemeanor. Newspeak is already taking hold on the front page of Yahoo! Apple, Amazon and Google are mining your data to sell whatever they think they can. Self-driving vehicles that deliver your mail, groceries, and clothing are just for grins. Being off-grid will mean you cannot engage in commerce. Cash will not be accepted. If you do not allow others access to your bank account, they will not do business with you. There will be less individual ownership of material goods and more licensing and rental, so that control of capital goods lies in fewer and fewer hands. You will not be free to modify, experiment with, or otherwise alter your capital goods (your car, home, appliances, etc.) You will not be allowed to resell them, as Google Glass is trying to establish. You will not be allowed to enter a contract for a service unless you give up your right to litigate for damages after you discover you've been had, damage has been done, or you were otherwise wronged. You will exist to feed the pockets of others. Because if you don't, you won't be able to feed yourself.

    What do I hope will happen? That people will seek to entertain themselves with education. That they will become increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of life they're being led into and rebel against it. But the odds are that they will be a minority. At least, until one of them taps the spirit of the masses in a way that has escaped coercion. Because we all know that once the masses get ahold of something, it's a done deal.
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      Aug 31 2013: Someone has read 1984. :)
      Cutting down language and making it more difficult for us to communicate clearly and be understood may lead to a general frustration with socialization. Becoming antisocial creatures means we are far less likely to ever organize and address injustices as a cohesive entity.
      • Sep 2 2013: It's not about being organized so much as the numbers. If enough people clamor for change and adopt behavior that encourages it, change will come. That's how cell phones and VCR's got to be so big. It was the acceptance of these innovations on a large scale that led to further innovation and change. It was the widespread personal tolerance of homosexual behavior that led to the change in laws governing such behavior, just as the widespread poverty of old age in the Great Depression led to the acceptance of a program like Social Security. There is some cohesiveness here in the form of organized support and resistance, but it becomes important only at higher levels of the market where actual negotiating for market share or power takes place. Unless the numbers of people interested in change are there, there is nothing to negotiate.

        Except for the seeming decline in our literacy, I disagree with the idea that communication between people is becoming more difficult or leading towards a frustration with socialization. Being social seems highly prized nowadays, and the churn of the numbers in a group that seek to either belong or drop out doesn't seem any different to me than a generation ago. I'm certainly not hearing "Turn on, tune in, drop out" like I did 40 years ago. Whether it's simple self-esteem or pecking-order status, people seem to want to "tune in" socially much more now than then. I don't see the difficulties as between ourselves so much as between us and those who mean to exploit us. Previously, we could tolerate this sort of relationship because the economics were straightforward, the values were clear, and there were timely remedies for transgressions. We stood a fair chance on a level surface. But the table is tilting, so my hope lies in this - that there are enough of us spreading our dissatisfaction with how tilted things have become that an alternative will get more support than the current model. Market rules in the marketplace of ideas.

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