Future Files: A Brief History of the Next 50 Years by Richard Watson

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By Richard Watson

Full of provocative forecasts, destiny documents examines rising styles and advancements in society, expertise, financial system and enterprise and makes proficient speculations and pleasing extrapolations approximately the place those tendencies may well take us. as well as being a enjoyable journey during the attainable destiny, destiny documents might be critical to enterprise analysts, strategic planners and different thinkers who have to remain sooner than the curve.

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Privacy will also become a key issue once people realize that computers are everywhere and almost no place on Earth is free from surveillance. No form of communication will be safe. Other people will know who you are, where you are, what you are doing and perhaps even what you are thinking. Privacy in a digital and connected age is dead. Gen Y knows this and doesn’t care. Gen X and the Boomer Generation either don’t realize or are horrified. In the future we will even debate questions such as whether it is wrong for an adult to love a machine or whether people should marry robots or have sex with them.

A sandwich will still be an impossible request unless I’m staying at one of the company’s premium hotels, but I guess I’ll be able to order one for 24-hour delivery. In 25 years’ time I will enter the hotel by placing my finger on a security panel by the entrance and both the receptionist and the “girls” will be holograms. m. and my email still won’t work. Two big trends at the start of the twenty-first century are urbanization and the increase in the number of people living alone. In 2006, 25% of homes in the UK were single-person households.

There will be other key influencers, like climate change or the emergence of an idea that will challenge global capitalism, but it is technology that will dictate change and will be at the forefront of any future paradigm shifts in social attitudes and behavior. Computers will become more intelligent than people by about 2030. At this point, humankind will be faced with something of a dilemma. If machines are more intelligent than their makers, what’s to stop them taking over? We could, of course, design machines 43 44 FUTURE FILES with in-built controls (see Isaac Asimov’s “Robot Rules” in I Robot), but we will face a very strong temptation to see what would happen if we didn’t.

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