Challenges We’ll Face In The Near Future
Depending on your perspective, the future can be very bright or very grim. Regardless, it’s always best to have cautious optimism about what has yet to transpire. While we may be advancing at a steady pace, it might be a little too fast for some.
There is no telling what the next 30 years hold for global society. Here’s a list of the problems humanity may be dealing with as we speed into the future:
1. Genetic Modification of Humans
Shows like Batman Beyond and the movie Total Recall displayed humans dabbling in the modification of human genes. People were able to do many things. They could choose to simply change their eye and hair color, or they could be physically enhanced to be stronger and faster.
Scientists have actually developed a special technology called “Crispr” that edits human DNA, just like in the sci-fi movies and shows. The fear is that Crispr may be misused to create a special breed of human with ideal characteristics.
Gene modding may not be at the center of future human issues, but it is an eventually our society must prepare for accordingly.
It is important that each and every lab, university, and corporation be held to proper ethical standards when it comes to DNA editing.
2. An Aged Population
While our population increases, the places to put us are becoming scarce. The human race is not only reproducing faster than before but thanks to advancements in medicine, our elderly are living far longer than ever before.
Statistically, the number of people over the age of 100 will shoot from 500,000 today all the way up past 26 million in 2100.
As time passes, it is important that there are systems in place to help with care for the elderly.
To help their senior citizens, Japan has contemplated employing the use of robots.
3. Lost Cities
In what modern society considered ancient times, the Greek philosopher Plato saw the decimation of Pompeii as a result of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Much like Plato, we are likely to see many of our cities fall victim to similarly destructive natural or unnatural disasters.
With the ocean levels continuing to rise, it is only matter of time before we begin losing cities to the Earth’s oceans.
The Floridian city of Miami has started demanding that any new structures have their first floors built higher than usual.
4. Evolution of Social Media
In a world with so many different channels boasting the ability to connect socially with others, humanity has even more trouble communicating. With social media here to stay, the majority of people rely on it for the latest in the news.
Social media bullying has already sparked a host of a campaign to combat it, so it makes one wonder: what will social media be in the next two or three decades?
This attempt to connect humanity had led to us having even less privacy than before it was popular.
Social media has also paved the way for many sites producing fake articles about made up stories to circulate across the internet, those stories making their way to anyone too lazy to verify the information.
5. Safe Car Travel
In a world of almost 8 billion people, it is already hard enough to drive a car without risking injury. Tech companies like Tesla are already developing alternatives like the Hyperloop to current roads that we use today.
Google had already begun development of their own driverless cars, with companies from other parts of the world close behind.
What effect will driverless cars have on the traffic that already exists and how will we deal with the pollution that their production and use produce?
6. Dwindling Resources
With our technology becoming more and more advanced, it is inevitable we will require more metal. But the precious resources that exist on Earth are finite as China’s mines indicate. In the People’s Republic of China, all mines containing rare metals are set to be drained in two years at most.
Although with Japan’s recent rare-Earth mineral discovery, we might have a solution to the problem.
7. Settling Other Worlds
Our planet is already having trouble sustaining the population we currently have and our best solution lies beyond the stratosphere. Space travel technology has not received the same funding as other projects, in any country.
Currently, travel to space is restricted to those who possess a six-figure income. But the hope is that as time goes on, and with more developed technology, we can move to a new home among the stars we see every night.