2009 and December 2010, we spoke to hundreds of people about the
future. A few dozen of these people were nice enough to make predictions
about the future.
Some of these
predictions took the form of elaborate short stories, or intricate
drawings or maps.
Click on their
names to see what these participants submitted to the project. (Note:
to see these predictions in context, click on "Timeline &
In 2040 we will
be digital beings with built-in chips. Apple chips will of course
be the most coveted and design-savvy ones - Davis Square will be
full of Apple people with the Apple logo embedded under their wrists
like a cool tattoo.
A wave of my
hand and whatever I need will materialize with a light-screen that
is manipulated by touch: bank account, calendar, voicemail, Australian
time. So when I need an icecream at J.P. Licks, I'd just walk out
with what I want and the store would deduct the money from my bank
account instantly. Paper money will be obsolete. Just walking through
the Somerville Theatre lobby arch will subtract money for a ticket.
Theft will be very very difficult and corruption and black marketing
will die. If I tried to walk out of a store with a nailpolish I
stole, for instance, the store would take the money out as I passed
through the door.
There will be
no cars (except as collector's items and for special shows), only
segway-like solar charged green machines that come with a one-touch
weathershield for the winter. These will be provided by cities and
states with convenient pickup/dropoff locations - only millionaires
will own them because of the intensely high taxation on owning personal
vehicles. Pollution and waste will be almost non-existant; we will
recycle and reuse eveything with the use of innovative green technology;
the earth will be green and the air healthy. Somerville will be
beautiful with bike path-like one-way roads. The most coveted condos
will be along the Mystic River in Assembly Square. The I-93 and
all other highways would have been torn down by then. I would live
in an artist studio in Union Square with many dogs and paint and
write and make music all day.
will be assigned by ability and talent. Those who have none will
have to work in government doing what they are assigned. Salaries
will be paid according to quality and effort, and it will be mandatory
for every earner to support a cause or a charity in the course of
their lives. The more you do and contribute, the less tax you pay.
Education and healthcare will be free.
Our local government
will lead the way by abolishing class and religion by promoting
humanity and world peace.