The World Economic Forum has come to a consensus with their prediction of what life will be like by the year 2030, and it could be dystopian
The World Economic Forum brought together a delegation of 800 experts and executives in technology. Their aim was to gather these expert’s consensus predictions for what life will be like in 2030. Some of their predictions are quite frightening – especially if the world doesn’t advance in a more ethical direction.
Already, the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) is snowballing on almost a daily basis. Many of the items we now purchase are somehow connectable to the internet. And the number of those items is increasing all the time exponentially. Other technologies are also advancing at a frightening rate.
Experts predict that the following items are some of the most radical ways our world will change by 2030:
1. Your screens will become obsolete
Most people are still amazed that tech companies have made virtual reality headsets readily available to the general public. However, at the rate technology has been advancing, the technology they use is actually now verging on obsolete. Additionally, the technology is wrought with problems, as many users complain of experiencing nausea and eye strain.
Lytro already sells a camera that solves the light field problem and solves the issue with eye strain and nausea. However, their technology really only captures images in the traditional way a camera does, albeit in a phenomenal way. Further than this, another company, Avegant have created a headset that enables the user to have a 4D experience.
They ultimately plan to make the headset as simple to wear as a pair of sunglasses. Engineers call the effects Light Field Technology. If you were to time travel to your future self in 2030, you would probably see yourself sitting in a plain room wearing a pair of these glasses and waving your hands and fingers around in some kind of virtual 4-dimensional world.
2. Frightening genetic engineering advances may cause humanity to rush to establish new ethical laws
One of the most disturbing “advances” that scientists have predicted for 2030 is in genetic engineering. For some time now, biochemists have been developing advanced genetic engineering. These scientists call their technique Continuous Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats or CRISPR for short. Essentially, these researchers have developed an allegedly cheap and reliable way to edit genes.
Immediately, however, one can imagine endless ethical dilemmas arise over the morality of CRISPR. Genetic engineers could begin playing around with animal breeding, whereby wild animals could be potentially engineered to be small and domesticated. However, history has proven time again that breeding animals is traumatic for the animal kingdom. As a prime example, breeders have devastatingly damaged and deformed the British Bulldog during their selfish quest for aesthetic.
Additionally, the opportunity for crime and the criminals committing crimes to be detected would increase exponentially. Criminals could visit a rogue underground lab and assume an entirely new identity. Frighteningly, these examples of supposed scientific advances seem to make 2030 potentially appear as a dystopian nightmare.
3. Biofacturing to take over manufacturing
Humans do not actually have any firm knowledge of where life comes from, or what it even means. However, this hasn’t stopped the human race from playing around with biological agents. Playing around with the unpredictable fire of life simply to suit the desires of our supposed superior species.
Many biotechnologists do seek to find ways to use biofacturing for good purposes. Many see biofacturing as a way to avoid harsh pesticides, for example. They percieve it to be a more natural ways to protect crops. Additionally, scientists are attempting to find ways to create “meat“ from animal cell cultures, in order to ultimately make the animal farming industry obsolete. However, environmentalists and animal activists can point out numerous ethical dilemmas from both of these supposed “advances.”
Consequently, if biomanufacturing advances the way experts suggest, human exploitation of life on every scale will see all sorts of supposed changes to the way things are constructed and grown. Scientists even envisage using spiders webs being to create everything from cars to skyscrapers. Biotechnologists also envisage the biofacturing of organs for transplant, that they claim will side-step the need for human or even animal donors.
4. Advertising will control everything like big brother!
Nothing is free in this world, and usually, when corporations offer you an item that supposedly costs you nothing, there is a price you are paying in a roundabout way. For example, users of social media assume that their Facebook or Twitter page is free. However, any user of social media cannot deny the copious amounts of advertising these platforms perpetually thrust into their faces.
The future will be no different, according to experts. In fact, it could get worse! Advertising will become even more subversive and pervasive. Algorithms will become a big brother that runs your life. All the while you will remain oblivious. You will think that things like global wifi is your human right in 2030, but don’t be deceived. Beware whenever manufacturers claim their products are free or cheap. Obviously, manufacturers heavily subsidized those things in other ways!
To use future technology will mean that advertising will be woven into everything. Corporate propaganda will be rife. Could this lead to some kind of corporate big brother controlling culture and society?
5. Implantables will see big brother live under your skin!
Already, implantable technologies are enhancing the lives of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Called the Brio Neurostimulation System, once installed, the sufferer gains immediate relief of tremors, balance problems and issues with walking. The small system sends electrical impulses to the malfunctioning neurons to correct them. However, the implantation of these devices did not come without side effects. Some patients complained of infections, intracranial bleeding, and dislocation of the device.
Naturally, scientists would seek to perfect these flaws. Consequently, experts predict that this means that implants will be widespread by 2030 for all sorts of reasons, not just medical. Not surprisingly, many people are concerned about permitting technology to become trapped inside their bodies. Many fear that this could lead to them losing control over their bodies or mind in some way.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most vocal proponents of a concept called the singularity. He imagines that by the end of the next century, humanity and technology will be one single entity. Kurzweil, as well as scientists such as Michio Kaku, have described, on many occasions, that by 2030, computers will be cheaper to produce than paper. Nanobots will be injected into the skin to cure disease. Nevertheless, could this mean that big brother will permanently be controlling you from the inside of your skin and skull?
One really wonders if humanity might actually be better off concentrating on making some improvements to the human condition. Indeed, a technological evolution is all well and good. But like any advancements, humans have created while neglecting self-improvement, much has ended in nightmarish disasters.
Many do see these futuristic technological advancements as an escapist’s delusional dream. And escapism from the real problems that humanity need to address before they tamper with scientific and technological advances. All scientific and technological advances are neutral. But the crucial factor is whether we use these advances for good or evil. A better future comes entirely down to whether humans can rectify their penchant to lust for power and pleasure. A lust for power and pleaseure that for millenia has come at the expense of others and the earth.
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