We have been predicting the future in class and I have come across this report commissioned by the United States government’s National Intelligence Council (NIC). Published last December, the U.S. intelligence community attempted to foretell what the future holds for the world in the next 15 to 20 years in its 140-page report titled “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.”
Here are some of their predictions:
Despite the decline in the U.S. economy and its enormous national debt, the world’s current superpower will retain its status. However, the Chinese economy will surpass the U.S. and the Asian continent will overtake both North America and Europe in global power. Other countries, though, are foreseen to become major players: Colombia, India, Nigeria and Turkey
Populations and scarcities
The population is expected to jump an extra billion from 7.1 billion (2012) to 8.3 billion (2030). This will add to the various strains that the world faces and lead to extreme shortages of food, water and energy.
Due to a substantial growth to the middle class by much of the world, including the developing areas, by as much as two billion, the urban population will soar by an additional 10 percent. An increase in income will lead to an enormous demand of food, water and energy, which will cause severe shortages of supplies
Scientists could soon develop retinal eye implants that could incite night vision, enhanced memory recall or the speed of thought in the brain could take place through neuro-enhancements and artificial limbs that could turn humans into superhumans with improved speed and strength.
It highlights many technological advances and trends, such as 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing that includes “bioprinting” arteries and organs. Smart Cities offer a healthier and more prosperous place to live. Sensors, web cams, smartphones all hook into the smart city system. Think smart parking meters that ping your phone when you drive near an open space.
Dr Michio Kaku explains his predictions in this entertaining video
Have you got any predictions you would like to share?