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What the world could be like in 2050

World in 2050: Tech Breakthroughs and Lifestyle Revolutions

Forum for the Future founder Jonathon Porritt is really excited about how upbeat and dynamic the world could be in 2050 -- if we play our cards right.

Porritt feels that a move away from a dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy, efficiency and closed-loop production systems could bring us into a 'brave new world.'

When it comes to our economy, Porritt feels we will no longer have as many paper currencies. 'Everything is done electronically. We will have a global currency, national currencies, and then every community in the country has its own local currency, which most people deal purely in.'

Porritt says we could have a much better balance between work and play: imagine a 27-hour work week where overtime is strictly banned. 'Everybody mixes their life between the work they do in the formal economy, the work they do in the informal economy, and what they do by way of volunteering or community operations of that kind.'

So, do we have flying cars in the future? Maybe not ... but Porritt thinks we could move away from the concept of 'private' cars to a more shared form of transportation, where most people belongsto car clubs. In cities, 'people walk and cycle and use public transport as THE standard mix.'

We will still be flying in Porritt's version of the future, but our planes will be much more efficient.

There will be around 9 billion people on this planet by 2050, so Porritt says we'll simply have to live more environmentally-friendly lives. 'We'll have sorted out our waste problems, there won't be any waste -- everything we currently chuck away will be the feedstock for another industry.'

'One of the things we don't see very clearly is ... how we make society healthier,' Porritt says. He feels a new fleet of systems will be available in 2050 so that we can more closely monitor everything happening in and around our bodies.

'By and large, people will be much healthier in 2050. We will have cracked problems like diabetes and obesity, we will have sorted out diseases like malaria, we will have managed most of our concerns. That means people will live a lot longer.'

What do you think? Does Porritt's version of the future sound attainable or impossible?

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Warren February 17 2014 at 2:58 PM

I'll be Dead

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abudotcom Warren February 17 2014 at 3:08 PM

Me 2...

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baryg Warren February 17 2014 at 3:38 PM

me too...let's do lunch!

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Nick February 17 2014 at 1:53 PM

Communist much?! Pigs will fly, Unicorns will dance, Obama will still be KING on America! ONE WORLD CURRENCY......yup, its predicted by the bible in the end times. Your smoking crack if you think people are going to stop driving their own cars. Renewable energy would be great! Stop spending BILLIONS on FAILED renewable energy businesses and get the crap to work before you start trying to push it on the public! Dumb ass government wasteful spending of OUR TAX DOLLARS. People in communist countries work much less than we do! They dont make any money, live in tiny crappy apartments and eat rice every day. You want communism, GO THERE PLEASE. This is America and you can live a much better life if your are willing to WORK FOR IT.

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fvleo February 17 2014 at 1:50 PM

First of all, he doesn't look young enough to be here in 2050. I know I'm not. But these predictions are old and obvious. They are tired old guesses.

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lgvxl42 February 17 2014 at 1:43 PM

2050? Are you kidding me? Hell, I'd like to make it through 2014 without any nuclear meltdowns.................Geesh

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jibvii lgvxl42 February 17 2014 at 1:48 PM

You asked for it, You got it Toyota

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Buckingham's February 17 2014 at 1:41 PM

"IN the year 2525....if Man is still alive......."

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JOHN LYNN TERRY February 17 2014 at 1:20 PM

This guy lives in a dream world and does not know what is going on and what really is coming upon the entire inhabited earth.

I am afraid that we are not looking good for the future. Fukushima has three nuclear reactors which have melted down in Japan. There are hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean each and every day since March 2011 and there is no way to stop it.
We also have polluted the Atlantic Ocean over decades by dumping 50 gallon containers of radioactive fuel into that ocean as well. Not to mention, the pipes which discharge nuclear waste into the Atlantic even now which never stop leaching radioactive waste.
We have many pockets of pollution, huge reservoirs of poisons and radioactive pools which we have no way, or the money to dispose of.
Our society is becoming increasingly lawless, global warming along with natural increases of volcanic activity will raise ocean levels and we do not see clearly what is happening in our society with regard to sexual practices and the diseases which they bring.
With the ever increase in the popularity of sex using the mouth on sexual organs, the rectum and anus will spread the HPV Virus even farther and will result in many more cancers of the mouth, tonsils, throat and this along with cancers produced by all this radiation, the death of the oceans and the contamination of our fish will lead to great amount of death and horror in the world.

Marxism and the rise of harsher governments will take over and the freedom which still exists will soon vanish in the future of public unrest, riots and the collapse of world economies.

Dictatorships will arise one after another and the horrors of new wars with new technology will make themselves self evident. And those who promise things to the people who are desperately looking for a way out will sound like the words of salvation but are just empty promises.

George Orwell's Orwellian society will raise its head.

And if there was no God, then we are all going to be radioactive, poluted and sexually deviant toast.

And no one will want to eat us either.

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banngbanng February 17 2014 at 1:16 PM

27 hr work week on 10/hr? Wow, people will die...

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banngbanng February 17 2014 at 1:15 PM

Electronic currencies only?? How will I buy my pot and pay strippers?

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banngbanng February 17 2014 at 1:14 PM

Can you say BIG BROTHER?

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jibvii banngbanng February 17 2014 at 1:34 PM

Little BROTHER!!!

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dutchhollo February 17 2014 at 8:17 PM

My view of 2050 is a lot different than his. I see a Revolution before that year arrives or we will have NO Freedoms at all. I will be dead log before that year and I will miss it especially the Revolution.I see two master controls in 2050. Government or Corporate. People will lose their freedom for sure.Even as I write this people in America are slowly giving up their Freedoms.

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cireneed.flpdog dutchhollo February 17 2014 at 9:16 PM

My bet would "corporate control". Money already purchases elections, so by extension...........
I also agree about the coming (violent) revolution. I just keep thinking about the "frog in the pot of water" analogy......will it come too late. There is still time to preclude any such event, but corruption and cronyism are begging an apathetic populace to respond.

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