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The Future

About a week ago was March 14, 2015, also known as Super Pi Day (3/14/15). (It also happened to be the date of another one of my competitions.) While I was musing about the next Super Pi Day, March 14, 2115, I realized how far in the future that really is, and I wondered how much life would be different. 


What will life be like in a hundred years? Will we have flying cars? How much would the average human being’s standard of living have improved… or diminished? What will the world’s overall political or geographic spread look like? Will there finally be a definitive answer to the bagel/doughnut debate? These are important developments that the human race may have to confront in the next century.

Granted, in the grand scheme of things, 100 years isn’t that long, a mere 13800000000 years ago was when the awesome explosion that started the known universe called the Big Bang occurred, 4540000000 years ago was when the boiling and freezing Earth was created from collisions of a bunch of space rocks, and just 200000 years ago the first of our species walked this land. To us humans in the modern age though, every second, 1/3153600000 of 100 years, is precious, whether it be another moment to work, study, play, or procrastinate. That’s plenty of time for the human race to take the next Great Leap Forward (that’s for you, SM) or simply to invent some super machine that would make everyone’s lives easier.

Since I’m unlikely to live until 2115 (unless scientists come up with some life-prolonging drug?), I’m going to make a few rather reasonable predictions for the next 25 years:

  1. Increased commercial air traffic (e.g. delivery drones, flying cars)
  2. Greater public responsibility by government (e.g. cleaner cities, more socially benefiting bills)
  3. Many fewer 3rd-world countries
  4. U.S. no longer the world’s sole superpower
  5. Better international healthcare (e.g. no AIDS, ebola, etc.)
  6. More species will go extinct, while others will no longer be endangered (whales, turtles, tigers, elephants, giant pandas)
  7. More overweight/obese people (fast food chains)
  8. Either more intense advertising or greater restrictions on advertising
  9. Either excellent world cooperation or WWIII
  10. At least 5 more literary classic books/series (it’s up to you to decide which ones :P)

I know the above list is not completely comprehensive, but those are some accomplishments that I think we, as a species, will achieve by 2040. I don’t really know what else I can say about the future without making myself sound crazy, so I might as well just end this post here. If you have any interesting thoughts about what will happen as time goes on, be sure to post them in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading,

~Royal


I originally intended to call this the Value of Hard Work and discuss the likelihood of knowledge being obsolete, but since I did not perform so well last week ( 😦 ), I decided to write the stuff you see up there^ 🙂 

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5 comments on “The Future

  1. sggy
    March 23, 2015

    #greatleapforward

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  2. Jason
    March 23, 2015

    holy *expletive deleted*

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  3. Jason Chen
    March 29, 2015

    I feel that right now the “Great Leap Forward” mentioned in the post isn’t going to occur in the near future (5 years?), because to me it seems that the world has been slowing down with development. The less developed countries (LDCs) lack the money to finance their development, so they must get loans from the more developed countries (MDCs). (This will increase the likeliness of companies to expand to those countries, as the infrastructure in those countries will be improved.) However, recently, the loans that we’ve been giving them have resulted in failures, so we are reluctant to continue loading money to them, which in turn will slow down development. Until we can somehow make sure the problem will not continue to occur, the gap between the two parts of the world will continue to be apparent.

    Also, I feel like some of your predictions are slightly inaccurate, so I revised them with what i think will occur in a similar statement:

    1. I don’t really see this happening soon. The weight of the car would require a lot of energy to operate, and even currently, by plane is the most expensive way to ship things, which is why we only use it for small high-value products. Also, this is probably less of a concern, but if they ever malfunction, then there would be a huge chunk of metal falling towards the ground at high speeds, which most people aren’t fond of being around ;p

    3. By 3rd world countries, I assume you mean countries that are less developed. [The actual definition is in a Cold War context, where the worlds are defined to be the different sides of the war. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_World ] As I’ve stated in the first paragraph, the LDCs will be dependent on the MDCs for money that we give them for the raw materials and manufactured products they provide us with. However, MDCs tend to want lower prices, which will lead to LDCs paying their workers less in order to meet those requirements. This will also result in the market to be stagnated, which means there will be minimal development. However, this topic requires us to define what we mean by less developed countries, because there will always be a country that will be providing the MDCs with raw materials.

    5. In the past, humans have experienced the Black Plague, which was one of the most violent times in our history. Then, there were the recurring diseases, such as cholera, which was reduced by the improvement of sanitation, nutrition, and medicine. Later, chronic disorders were increasing, which were associated with aging. Examples include cardiovascular diseases and various forms of cancer. Then, the current stage that we’re in is similar to the previously described one, in which there are mostly diseases that humans have caused themselves, however we have learned to slow them or remove them completely. Then, in the future, I think that we will probably never be able to overcome disease. We have learned to control the infectious diseases in the past, but the diseases can evolve to become resistant to drugs that once prevented them. For example, in Sri Lanka, the cases of malaria fell from 1 000 000 to 18 from 1955 to 1963, but then afterwards, the mosquitoes that were spreading it became resistant to DDT, which was what was used to prevent the spread of the disease. Similarly, past diseases will continue to evolve, becoming resistant to the drugs we have used to eliminate them before.

    2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. (not knowledgeable enough to comment)

    I actually just got lazy at the end :\
    If you want me to continue with my opinion then just reply and I’ll be glad to know that someone wants to know more 🙂

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  4. Max
    April 4, 2015

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/tech/2014/11/artificial-intelligence-singularity-theory

    Perhaps this will interest you, if you ever get some downtime and are invested in artificial intelligence and singularity theory, which is intricately pulled apart and discussed the the above Vanity Fair article.

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