This Is What Our Future Will Look Like

The other day, Kaspersky Lab gave me the chance to explore their fascinating new website called Kaspersky Earth 2050 Kaspersky Lab have spent 20 years as one of the top cybersecurity companies in the world

Kaspersky’s job is to predict the threats of tomorrow and figure out how to tackle them Which is why they created Earth 2050, which, as you can see, is a high tech project with a mission to form a solid picture of our future by summing up the opinions of world experts and other users of the website It’s genuinely one of the coolest and most inspiring things I’ve seen recently So inspiring, in fact, that it made me want to make this video looking at what the world will be like in the year 2050! Positive Predictions One of the most interesting things I found on the website was the prediction that by 2050, people will no longer use smartphones In fact, futurologist Dr Ian Pearson – whose predictions, according to Business Insider, have an 85% accuracy record – thinks smartphones will be obsolete by 2025

He says they will be replaced by augmented reality devices like bracelets or other bits of jewellery, with pull up or projected AR screens Already, companies like Magic Leap have released their first AR product Similarly, by 2050 Virtual Reality technology should be so ubiquitous that scientists believe it will be the norm to teach classes in VR, or to consume all audiovisual entertainment through VR There is another, more surprising reason experts believe smartphones will go the way of the dodo Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku says 2050 will be the age of the “brain net”

He says that brain science will have developed so far that, “We’ll be able to send memories, emotions and feelings across the internet I’m talking about telepathy, really” Indeed, humans will need to physically do less and less

Self-driving vehicles are already close to being widely available, but they won’t just be cars by 2050 Dr Pearson predicts self-driving pods will be everywhere, carrying commuters to work or shoppers to the mall in a ride-sharing system Transport will be easy and cheap, and so will housing Pearson foresees 3D printed houses as the norm The Dutch town of Eindhoven boasts the world’s first habitable homes made by 3d printing

Chinese company Winsun built ten 3D-printed homes in one day out of construction waste All evidence indicates printed houses will cost around $5,000 or less Alternatively, the standard housing might be in massive arcology buildings These will optimise space to contain homes, offices and farms with minimal impact on the environment Away from Earth, Neil deGrasse Tyson is confident that space holidays in orbit and to Mars will be a regular occurence

Indeed, he foresees that as technology develops, wars will increasingly target “space assets” like satellites rather than people This means the foundations for space colonies will have been laid, especially if NASA’s announced project to build a base on the Moon is seen through Furthermore, the editor of The Economist, Daniel Franklin, is confident that by 2050 we will have learned which planets harbour alien life The next sentient beings we encounter might not be aliens, though Experts agree that by 2050, artificial intelligence will be an intrinsic part of everyday life

It will be incorporated into buildings, computers of every size, and probably into robots Robots themselves will become commonplace household assistants in the next decade or so By 2050, they will be more than just automaton servants – they will be companions, especially to the elderly All the world’s leading AI

experts – Ray Kurzweil, Louis Rosenberg, Jurgen Schmidhuber – agree that by 2050, machines smarter than humans will exist Futurist Faith Popcorn believes such advanced technology will be used to seed medicine throughout every aspect of life AI doctors and psychologists will make diagnoses easily available to everyone

Chips will be implanted at birth, enabling geneticists to anticipate and treat diseases and syndromes years before they ever take hold Smart clothing will keep an eye on our health, or provide lightweight exoskeletons to make us stronger, faster, better Michio Kaku is confident that 2050 will see humans come close to immortality Aging will be treated like any other disease; organs will be grown to replace damaged originals, extending our lifetimes almost indefinitely Lost limbs will be easily replaced by ever more advanced prosthetics

The first cyborgs will exist: humans who have chosen to upgrade themselves with robotics and software However, even if all these optimistic visions of the future are a very plausible reality, they may never come true because of other, darker predictions for 2050 In particular, Daniel Franklin warns that climate change could derail all progress Nearly every scientistf agrees that climate change is the greatest challenge to the planet with no single, easy solution Already, DARA estimates up to 5 million people die each year because of the impact of climate change on crops, heat stress and the spread of diseases

The World Health Organisation estimates that widespread malnutrition, malaria, and heat stroke caused by climate change will kill an additional 250,000 deaths every year between 2030 and 2050 It will soon kill more people than cancer Climate change will also deal $364 trillion in damage to the world economy 700 million people will be displaced, forced to flee to other countries

Of the 98 billion people on Earth in 2050, 5 billion will not have access to enough water This will only exacerbate the problems with inequality that currently exist Global security futurist Professor Amy Zalman says, “Some of us will continue to become really rich; some of us will continue to become very poor That will lead to a biological divide in society, too

There will be a class of people able to enhance not only their education but their own bodies, through… biological augmentation… That could be expensive, and… only some people will have access” The contrast between the rich and poor will be akin to centuries ago – from the quality of their lifestyle, to their chances at life itself

Medicine might defeat chronic diseases, but may fail to solve the big problem of antibiotic resistance Currently, antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill 700,000 people per year By 2050, they will kill 10 million a year On a less dramatic note, some futurists are skeptical of achieving wonderful advancements by 2050 because of government regulations Governments around the world will be understandably cautious about letting citizens turn themselves into telepaths or cyborgs, or arming themselves with super-strength-giving clothes

They may try to slow down the development of this technology Regulations may also be motivated to mitigate the social and economic inequality that would arise with the explosion of new technologies What is inevitably true, is that the political landscape will change: the balance of global power will shift Price Waterhouse Cooper predicts China, India, Indonesia and Brazil will be the economic giants of the age But Dr Ian Pearson also believes we will use renewable energy for everything by 2050, except for planes

With no real demand for fossil fuels, the political and military conflicts that have defined the past 100 years might no longer exist However, I’ve only scratched the surface of predictions for the future There are tonnes out there on the internet and in books and journals and I only mentioned the most interesting to me in this video Which brings me back to Kaspersky Earth 2050 It is gathering all of those predictions together

So, to find realistic predictions, and even to post your own, then just click the link in the description! Hopefully the more people share it, the more humanity will have to aspire to And that can only be a good thing

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