for 50 years from now? What kind of changes will take place in the world, in america. I'm curious to know what you think the world will look like. I tend to think that there will be a larger division between the haves and have nots, maybe more gated communities, etc. Also, i think solar energy will take off. The technology will be through the roof, so living longer would be possible because of the ability to grow organs, artificial parts, nano computers, and who knows. Oh yeah, what would be the state of religion in the world?
I could make a lot of blind predictions, but based on what i have heard i can say this... I think we will get a year round (or close to it) school system in the US. On the religion topic I think that atheism is going to continue growing to a point where certain people (christians) see it as a "threat" to the US almost like Islam is a "threat" to the US now.
I'm only speculating...who really knows whats going to happen...
I think it's going to be hot and wet and dry and crowded and hungry - damn hungry.
Religion? Still here and stronger than ever. People will turn to God for answers for why they are so damn hot, wet/dry and hungry. Guns will also be extremely popular.
On the positive side, perhaps people will begin to accept that climate change is in fact caused by man and is a threat to our existence. Perhaps.
Well, all we have to work on is current trends. Beyond that, nobody can predict a random event that might disturb the trends.
With that said, current trends indicate that we will be either off fossil fuel all together (and only collectors having a need for it), or in serious economic trouble with very few remaining people having access to adequate fuel, and those who don't, well... lets just say if we're not off fossil fuel in 50 years, we're in serious trouble.
Technology : I'm assuming we will continue to bridge the gap between organic and machine. Eventually coming to the natural conclusion of bio-augmentations being installed for the purposes of competition, work, and just plain pleasurable fun.
(If you take this far enough, eventually we will rely on mental augmentations... PDA's within the mind so to speak. At which point new generations will become so incredibly reliant on mental augmentations that we will have trouble defining exactly what a human is.)
I assume videogames will be more immersive, and somehow (not sure how) will become more real to us than real life itself. (As if it isn't already for some people).
Food situation? : There simply will be no remaining natural foods. Far too expensive.
Finding a natural farmer will be as difficult as finding a classical blacksmith in todays time... everything is mass produced. Nobody actually smiths metal by hand... nobody will actually farm anything by hand either.
there will still be unbearably annoying christians telling us we're all going to hell.
... only this time, they wont have to memorize the bible to spew nonsense at us... they'll have a copy installed in their head.
... and they'll still fail to question a single word of it.
On the condition of the planet, I'm not very optimistic. As long as there is greed, stupidity, and dogmatic belief, "green" changes will continue to evolve too slowly. Remember, all things we consider "man made" are composed of components that came from the earth. The earth can re-sorb those components, however we are producing and discarding them at a much faster rate than they can decompose and return to the raw state.
I am pleased to see the growth of Ateism, although it too is happening too slowly. I think 50 years is not enough time to expect a significant deterioration of religion. A good example; I work in an engineering department. All toll there are a couple hundred engineers and scientists in that department. One would think that there would be a considerable percentage of Atheists there. The fact is, there are no more than ten of us! There are even a few fundies, and bible thumpers.
Remember, the next generation is our future. Teach your children well, and stress reality. How many fundamental morons have you met that begin their rediculous rantings with "my daddy said"? My reply is "well he was a moron too Jethro".
"According to our projections, large areas of the globe are likely to warm up so quickly that, by the middle of this century, even the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years," said the study's lead author, Noah Diffenbaugh, an assistant professor of environmental Earth system science and fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. [emphasis mine]