Which future would you choose?

>>  Sunday, September 23, 2012

There has been a lot of talk about HG Wells in the news recently and about his predictions for the future.  I don't know that they were outstanding visions, if we were stood in his shoes at that time, we too might be marvelling at the idea of a moon landing and newer types of warfare.

In the very early 1900's the concept of atomic energy was beginning to be understood so in 1914 Wells writing about the possibility of atomic bombs was forward thinking but not plucked out of thin air.

And in 1933 saying that there would be a world war within a decade was just something that many other people were also saying. We have a book published in 1937 called Hitlers Conspiracy Against Peace which basically maps out the path of world war 2.

So I don't think he was prophet or a seer, he was probably just a man that could see where things could go given the knowns at the time.  So maybe a futurist.

But standing where we are now what you you predict for the next 50 years?

To say that the world economy will collapse (within a decade) would not be beyond the realms of possibility.

Chip implants into our arms or hands for total security access or smart technologies.

Holographic 3D television.

Automatic cars - ones that drive themselves, yes they've been trialed but the full road reality happening.

Supersonic commercial flights (a blast from the past!)

So if you could peek into the future what date would you look in on?

HWMBO said he would go 100 years forward, COG said 36 to when she is 50 years old.  My original thought was about 30 years too.  I've always had a habit of reading the last page of a book before starting it and I think 30 years to go is hopefully still achievable.

How far ahead would you like to see?  Do you think you would be surprised by what had changed, what new inventions there would be?

I so want one of these now:


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