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Futurists’ Predictions for The Next Decade

  • 19
  • May
  • 2015

Futurists’ Predictions for The Next Decade:

Dr Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at City University of New York predicts that

  • The internet as we know it will transition to “brain-net” where thoughts, emotions, feelings and memories might instantly be transmitted around the planet. Computers can already decode some of our memories and thoughts. Maybe movies of the future might convey emotions and feelings as well!

Dr Kurzwell, a computer scientist and engineer at Google predicts that

  • By 2025, clothing will be 3-D printed at low cost but the patterns will still have to be bought and paid for as we do today with music and eBooks. Human organs made from patient’s own DNA with the patient’s own DNA will offer an inexhaustible supply of material with no rejection issues. Likewise, modular homes will be printed and snapped together, Lego-style whenever changes are needed.
  • Avatars of people who have passed away (replicant technology) might be created by the mid-2030’s which will contain all the information, documents, emails and interviews of people who would like to remember them and revisit aspects of their lives.
  • We will be able to reprogramme human biology so that aging, cancer, atherosclerosis (heart disease) can be avoided through reprogramming the stem cells associated with them.

Dr Anne Kjaer of Kjaer Global predicts that

  • Chronic diseases will account for three-quarters of all deaths worldwide by 2020 and M-Health (mobile feedback, bio-feedback and personal monitoring) will revolutionise conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Apps designed by medical professionals will provide efficient feedback at a much earlier stage and lifestyles and outcomes will assist both the developing and the developed world.

Dr James Canton of San Francisco’s Institute for Global Futures predicts that

  • Wearable technologies will link nations, communities, companies and people to the entire world’s knowledge and this will accelerate real-time access to education, health case, jobs, entertainment and commerce.
  • Artificial intelligence becomes as smart as and even smarter than humans as AI is embedded into automobiles, robots, homes and hospitals. Practical applications will be the use of robots to treat patients, robo-surgeons operating remotely on patients, delivering babies remotely and offering treatments over the cell phone via apps and other sources.
  • Bitcoin will replace the traditional form of money and a new paradigm or legitimate new economy will be created for digital commerce and business.

Jason Silva of National Geographic’s channel “Brain Games” predicts that

  • Increased automation will continue to make our lives richer. Self-driving cars will be the norm (ubiquitous); transportation will be clean and cheap.

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Mark Stevenson, author of “An Optimists’ Tour of the Future says that

“The technologies aren’t the most important bit …….. it’s what society does with them, and right now it’s institutional change that’s the sticking point.  What you really want to look at, in my opinion, is new ways of organizing ourselves,………, for instance, the renewables revolution in a small Austrian town, open source drug discovery in India, patient networks like and schools that are throwing out the curriculum in order to get on with some actual learning.”


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