In the year 2046, I’ll be 60 years old.
A lot of things will have developed by then, and things difficult to imagine now will be the norm.
For starters, technology will be an integral part of human existence.
Not to say that it isn’t already, with the internet being such a big part of our lives, but we’ll see things like Siri being an actual robot assistant to help you with everything from your professional to personal life.
Currently, over 4 billion people out of a global population of over 7 billion have mobile phones, and with communication rapidly moving towards mobile, these compact gadgets could easily replace the need for laptops and PCs, and they could have dozens of apps that enable you to do everything from switching on your lights at home to taking an online exam. They’ll probably be as thin as paper in design.
This means that most of our personal data will be stored on cloud storage, and I’ll brains will be rewired to rememer dozens of passwords.
On the flipside, cyber-crime will be a pain in the butt. Police departments will have to create systems and ways of curbing the scourge, with web developers creating intricate systems of cyber security to ensure the safety of users.
Wouldn’t it be great to have fully pledged online schools and universities?
Sure you would miss out on campus life, but the convenience of receiving your education in the comfort of your home or at a coffee shop would be worth the while. This would also diminish the need to build school buildings as well as get rid of travel and dorm or apartment rental costs, giving you the freedom to attend any school in the world at a click of a button.
But if primary education requires that kids go to a physical school building, they’ll probably order their lunch through an app instead of going to the cafeteria or the school’s convenience store to get lunch, and they’ll submit their assignments and complete their exams online.
Speaking about the next generation, I think that racial classifications will slowly start to dissipate given the current growing trend of multi-ethnic relationships and families.
I’m not sure if all types of discrimination will dissipate by then, but they’ll probably be less seeing as the current batch of Gen Z’s are more likely to be from multi-ethnic families and are generally more conscientious, empathetic more embracing of diversity.
Societies will definitely experience a massive change if by some miracle, seismic activity moves the seven continents closer together.
I would be able to ferry across to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil from South Africa and Australia will be neighbours with India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. I think this would flip cultural segregation on its head as people experience more of each other, but knowing human beings, they could choose to remain stuck in their ways and pick fights with each other.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is something I think the 2046 generation will struggle with given all the wars and violence occurring now. Witnessing death and destruction as a child is traumatic, and as adults, children who have gone through this experience will struggle with depression, anxiety and even physical disabilities if they were injured during fighting.
I can only hope that mental health treatments, including affordable access to psychologists, will be available to deal with the severity of the problem.
I think environmental sustainability will be a norm in 30 years’ time. I’d love to live in an eco-friendly home that’s built with eco-friendly materials, such as mud bricks and lumber made from recycled wood and plastic, and one that is powered by solar energy.
It would be great to drive an electric car that’s powered by solar energy and shop at an eco-friendly mall powered with rainwater harvesting systems for water supply and solar panels for electricity.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to in the future, and a lot to do to fix the problems caused by the current generation, especially where politics are concerned.
So, dear millennials, let’s continue to roll up our sleeves as we work towards creating the future we envision for ourselves, our children and our planet.
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