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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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achro February 17 2014 at 3:13 PM

Remember the name Porritt: In 2050 he will wiln the delusional bonehead prize. The guy must be totally ignorant of history which shows us human nature in its naked truth.
Here's Achro's prediction for 2050: You will live in a total corporate facist world and be toally dependent. Human freedom will be defined ans the power to choose (maybe) what cereal you an have for breakfast. The society will be one of strict calsses -somewhat like a banana republic , but much worse. 99% of the wealth we be controlled by 1%(if that) of the ruling corporate elite.
The distinction between government/society interests and corproate interests will not exist.
Notice Porritt tells you how wonderful technology will make your life. Anyone still under this illusion has no business prognosticating the future. Beware the Dr. Feelgood futurists, history has already refuted them.

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elrod.porkmore achro February 17 2014 at 3:37 PM

you mean Obama will have to give that prize up?

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dentiom03 February 17 2014 at 2:01 PM

with any luck, earth will be destroyed via a huge asteroid by 2050

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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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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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srmr0319 February 17 2014 at 2:03 PM

We have been hearing predictions about the shorter work week for about 30 years. They are either erroneous or flat-out lies. Automation continues to takes more jobs away from humans and we are increasingly left with more stressful jobs for less pay, benefits and security. This is the upbeat and dynamic world we could be facing in 2050: Orwells's brave new wqrld.

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