Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Life, 100 Years From Now

BBC News Magazine asked its readers for their predictions of life in 100 years time.

mountain sunrise
Will there be elevators built to go up there? - Sunrise shot from Kasih Sayang Resort, K.Kinabalu.

With some inspiration from the ten 100-year predictions made by American civil engineer John Elfreth Watkins in 1900, here are the readers' top 20 picks:

  1. Oceans will be extensively farmed and not just for fish
  2. We will have the ability to communicate through thought transmission
  3. Thanks to DNA and robotic engineering, we will have created incredibly intelligent humans who are immortal
  4. We will be able to control the weather
  5. Antarctica will be "open for business"
  6. One single worldwide currency
  7. We will all be wired to computers to make our brains work faster
  8. Nanorobots will flow around our body fixing cells, and will be able to record our memories
  9. We will have sussed nuclear fusion
  10. There will only be three languages in the world - English, Spanish and Mandarin
  11. Eighty per cent of the world will have gay marriage
  12. California will lead the break-up of the US
  13. Space elevators will make space travel cheap and easy
  14. Women will be routinely impregnated by artificial insemination rather than by a man
  15. There will be museums for almost every aspect of nature, as so much of the world's natural habitat will have been destroyed
  16. Deserts will become tropical forests
  17. Marriage will be replaced by an annual contract
  18. Sovereign nation states will cease to exist and there will be one world government
  19. War by the West will be fought totally by remote control
  20. Britain will have had a revolution

Read BBC News magazine to find out what futurologists think about them. As crazy and impossible as some of these may sound, many of the previous prediction by Watkins actually came true. Check out his 10 predictions one hundred years ago.

Depending on your belief, these could well be signs that the end of time is not too far away.


gadisbunga said...

what are ur predictions then? :D

*pic tu buat saya rindu kat KK!

HoneyBUZZin said...

am speechless....

de engineur said...

@gadisBunga. I have no prediction, just appreciate the life i have now and live it with faith.

Rose Flower said...

Bikin takut juga baca tu list woh. Macam2 saja..Then i would owez make sure am owez close to GOD for protection hehe...

Meitzeu said...

My gosh~ The Sunrise photo is amazing. Is like the eye of the heaven. :)

And you have changed your template! I like it this way!

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tehr said...

harap2 dunia kita tak akan menjadi terlalu kacau bilau

thomas said...

I think more than half of these prediction will come true,
the world then will be a very globalized one until all out local customs will be forgotten.

Akelamalu said...

Any/all of these are possible. I won't be around though to see them.

smilla4blogs said...

It is a fascinating list of predictions. I think some of these things will be true for a few. What gives me pause for thought is knowing there are still places where people live much the same now as they did 2000 years ago

MaryaYusof said...

Tak sampai umur kite time tu nnt :(
World is going older & older...

Insya'Allah, I will try to answer ur questions about makanan utama, aktiviti ekonomi - pertanian perindustrian... just wait k :)

kay masingan said...

mmm, kalaulah betul ada juga lah yg saya 13 tu best..:)

de engineur said...

Right, the possibility is endless, isn't it.