I can see the future
Seeing as how I’m a man with an extremely large brain, I can look around and within 10 minutes, I can see how the future will be. I know there are those who will doubt the reliability or accuracy of my predictions but it’s only because they’re afraid. They’re afraid I may be right about the future. Read on, if you aren’t afraid.
In the future, some will worry about the carbohydrate quality of the food their children will ingest during puberty and the relative humidity in China. Only a few will worry about the food intake of French children and water resources development projects in semi-arid regions of the Middle East.
Fire, flood and automobile insurance will triple in cost. Terrorism risk insurance will increase by tenfold. Transplanted animal organs will find their way into common use in the human body. There will be better bionic limbs, hearts and other organs, and it would be a good time to invest in plastic sphincters.
Education will move rapidly to the internet. In one year, 90 percent of what an engineer knows will be available on the computer. To be a success in business, you’ll need continuous retraining and a life of learning and re-learning will be the norm. Eighty percent of the scientists, engineers and doctors who ever lived are alive today — and exchanging ideas in real time on the internet.
Those now in their 20s will have more in common with their peers throughout the world, via the internet, than with their parents. Half of what a student learns as a freshman will be obsolete by his senior year. Time will become the world’s most precious commodity. The big will get bigger, the small will survive, and the midsized will get squeezed out.
Workers will spend 10 percent more time on the job than they do now. Labor unions will lose their power. Large business will have fewer than half the management levels and about one-third the numbers of managers. Technology will increasingly dominate both the economy and society.
Thanks to the internet, litigation will become a global risk for companies that do not make the environment a priority. Institutions will grow more transparent in their operations and they will be more accountable for their misdeeds. Western attitudes will spread throughout the world, giving environmental activists in other regions ways to use their local court systems to promote their goals.
September 11 temporarily muted most demands for transparency in the American government, but in the wake of the torture scandal in Iraq, the reluctance to question Washington will disappear. We will demand greater social responsibility from both companies and each other.
Advances in transportation technology will make travel and shipping faster, cheaper and safer, by land, sea and air. Hypersonic aircraft will fly at 7,000 mph, (nearly 10 times the speed of sound). When commercialized, they’ll whisk diplomats and other high-priority passengers across continents in less time than it takes most people to drive to the airport. Tokyo and Frankfurt will emerge as transfer points for passengers of high-speed, large-capacity supersonic planes.
Rapid developments in technology will create endless opportunities for new business development. Workers will retire later as life expectancy stretches. Work ethic will vanish. Women’s salaries will reach equality with men’s — but very slowly. The glass ceiling will be broken and more women will reach decision-making levels in business and government.
The richest 25-50 percent of the U.S. population will reach zero population growth. They will have no time for children and little interest in having large families. Upper management will give fewer detailed orders to subordinates. Instead, it will set performance expectations and fewer mid-level managers will be needed, flattening the corporate pyramid.
Ninety percent of the world’s pop will have AIDS. Terrorist attacks on U.S. companies, once limited to rock throwing at the local McDonald’s, will rise sharply, both in number and in severity. Nothing will prevent small, local political organizations and special interest groups from using terror to promote their causes.
The United States will be forced to recognize that the most dangerous terrorist groups are no longer motivated by specific political goals, but by generalized, virulent hatred based on religion and culture. Risks of terrorism will be greatest in countries with repressive governments and large numbers of unemployed, educated young men. Western corporations will have to devote more of their resources to self-defense. Countries where terrorism is most common will find it impossible to attract foreign investment, no matter how attractive their resources.
Islamic terrorists form only a tiny part of the Muslim community, but they will have a large potential for disruption throughout the region from Turkey to the Philippines.
Jeb Bush will never be president. Barack Obama will go down in history as the greatest President that ever lived and Donald K. Sanders will be considered as great a thinker as Einstein or Plato. The City of Winters, California will be renamed as “Sanders-town” and there will be a “Buckhorn” restaurant in every city in the world. Major population centers will have two “Buckhorns” and its owner, John Pickerel will be “World Citizen of the Year.”