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Believe it or not, the 21st century may have ushered in the Information Age, but the pace of change it’s thrusting upon us isn’t any different than what the generations before us experienced.

However, it certainly seems like the level of technological advancement is introducing us to mind-blowing concepts that can’t be considered sci-fi anymore.

Here are 25 truly ambitious ideas about the decades ahead that could well make modern times more interesting than any other in human history.

25. There will be more cell phones than human beings

The number of active cell phones reached 7.22billion in 2014, thus becoming the first year there were more cell phones than humans.

Given their capabilities, they’ve changed the way we live in one vital aspect: a virtually infinite wealth of information is available to us around the clock.

Smartphones and families

They’ve literally become more essential accessories than watches.

24. People will be fluent in every language

Right now, as you’re reading this, DARPA and Google are racing to perfect instant translation.

Sooner than most of us might think, your cell phone will allow you to understand and speak Chinese and Greek without even knowing the language.

23. Privacy will be harder to maintain

Already, many women in the USA are hiring private detectives to check up on their boyfriends, and getting the information is becoming easier, thanks to data banks packed with information about people’s personal finances, purchases, employment, medical problems, and more.

In the near future and with the evolution of social media, it will be a challenging mission for someone to have secrets.

22. Our clothes will clean themselves

Engineers in China have developed a titanium dioxide coating that helps cotton shed stains and eliminate odor-producing bacteria.

So, ten years from now, when you want to clean your favorite T-shirt after a wild night of partying, all you’ll need to do is step into the sun. No more wasting time or tons of quarters at the Laundromat on top of all that expensive detergent!

21. There will be no more national debts

Simply put, there will come a point when across the globe the younger generations will no longer accept living under financial tyranny and will refuse to pay the debt that the older generations created.

Iceland is already doing it, and it’s working.

Their contention is that forced austerity is like turning in the opposite direction of a skid; it seems natural, but it’s what accelerates the disaster.

20. Airplanes of the future will be windowless

A British aerospace firm recently released images of its windowless plane concept in which display screens show the environment outside the plane as well as films and video conferencing.

They expect the flying experience to be an even more amazing one for those who love flying and a true nightmare for those who swallow a few Xanax before they board a plane.

Now, if someone would only do something about the seating sizes.

19. The USA won’t lead the world anymore

If we compare the current geopolitical scene with that of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s when America was the sole superpower — especially after the collapse of the USSR — we can easily see that countries like China, Russia, Germany, and Japan are going head-to-head with the USA in major fields such as science, technology, politics, and sometimes even military power.

However, in economically and cultural influence, the USA is still ahead of Europe and Asia, mainly thanks to the film and other media industries.

18. China most likely will

According to American economists and analysts, by the early 2050s, China will have a population three-and-a-half times bigger than that of the United States.

The Chinese economy will be nearly two-and-a-half times larger than the American, and Chinese per capita production and consumption will be more than 70% of their USA equivalents.

To make a long story short, unless China allows its economy to overheat — and that’s trickier to avoid than most politicians believe — it could become the world’s undisputed economic driving force.

17. Energy will cost way more than it does now

According to many experts, the energy of the future will be about 30% more expensive than current fossil-based energy, and the worst part is that we’ll use more energy to maintain our high-tech society.

The world will thus require much more energy, equivalent to tons of oil per person per year after the 2040s.

The search for alternatives must become a higher priority.

16. Cybersex will most likely become a global trend

Our current sexual freedom will be nothing compared to the one our descendants will experience thirty to forty years from now.

Cybersex, for example, will be one of the most profitable forms of our future sexual freedom, and it’s very possible that the younger generations won’t compete over who has the best smartphone but instead, the best cybersex device.

15. Russia will become a global food superpower

When experts talk about the coming food security crisis, the date they fixate upon is 2030.

By then, our population total will be nudging 9billion and we’ll need to be producing 50% more food than we are now.

As climate change lays waste to the productive fields of southern Europe, north Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and most parts of the USA, more water-efficient strains of corn, wheat, and barley will be pressed into service.

Likewise, to the north, Russia could well become a global food superpower as the same climate change opens up the once-frozen and massive Siberian prairie to food production.

14. The world’s population will experience a dramatic growth

The current world population of 7.4billion is projected to increase by 1billion over the next twelve years and reach 9.6billion by 2050, according to a United Nations report launched in 2013.

It points out that growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half of it in Africa. Nigeria will become the third most populous country behind India and China.

13. Mass unemployment will be a worldwide problem

Today, many developed countries are finding that a growing number of workers remain unemployed for years and don’t know what to do about it.

The smart ones will realize that e-commerce offers the most logical way out of that downward cycle.

The constant technological evolution and the transformation of a once-analog world to a digital one means that many jobs once done by humans are now done by intelligent machines, and the problem is expected to become insurmountable as the years pass.

We continue to be an AI-oriented world. We can either take advantage of that fact or accept alternatives that aren’t that pretty.

12. Soldiers will use exoskeletons to enhance battlefield performance

If you’re a fan of Iron Man, then you’ll get excited to know that, by 2040, there will be a force of soldiers — mainly from the US and Russia — who will look just like your favorite superhero.

This may not be good news, since war sucks, but modern technologies seem to favor and support this project with passion.

11. Space travel will become as affordable as a round-the-world plane ticket

Within thirty years, NASA and the European Space Agency promise to make space travel a reality for millions around the world.

The catch? Round-the-world tickets aren’t that cheap now.

10. Contact lenses will offer us Robocop vision

According to Popular Mechanics, when miniaturization reaches its full potential, achieving superhuman eyesight will be as simple as placing a soft lens on your eye.

Early prototypes feature wireless LEDs, but circuits and antennas can also be grafted onto flexible polymer. This enables zooming, night vision, and visible data fields.

9. A global culture will be forced on all the people

According to many thinkers and sociologists, there’s a great danger that our continual political correctness might transform into a racist-fascist social movement itself.

An alarming number of people who are self-defined as “anti-racist” are trying more and more to force their views on others that the solution to prejudice, violence, and racism is one global culture, religion, race, and so on.

The question is, though, if all this were to happen, wouldn’t the beauty of diversity disappear?

8. We will defeat the most fatal diseases of the 20th century

Medical and scientific circles guarantee us that in 20-30 years, people will look back on the 1980s and 1990s and say, “Wow, people really died from cancer and AIDS back then?”

It might sound unbelievable to our generation, but wasn’t that the case with once-fatal diseases such as the plague (Black Death), syphilis, rabies, and cholera?

7. The economy in most parts of the world will be cash-free

Cash has been the king of trade and economy for many, many years, but all this is about to change dramatically in the next couple of decades.

Why?

Mainly for security reasons, since many stores, governments, and banks have been tired of being robbed by armed thieves and tax dodgers ripping them off repeatedly.

In case you think that’s far-fetched, just keep in mind that FedEx has already not accepted cash at most of its air freight locations for at least a decade. And Sweden has already committed to creating a cashless society.

6. The climate problem will finally start hurting us

Face it, Mother Nature will exact revenge for all the evil we’ve caused to the environment since the Industrial Revolution.

But frankly, we haven’t seen any major effect yet in our lives.

However, all this will change drastically in the near future, since the average global temperature will go from the +0.8°C it was in 2012 — relative to pre-industrial times — to +2.0°C in 2052, and a maximum of +2.8°C in 2080.

Do know that won’t be a pleasant shift at all, and current denial won’t make it any better.

5. Organ donation will be a thing of the past

With the amazing benefits of cloning and the wide horizons it opens for the future, most scientists agree that the mass creation of human organs such as hearts, livers, and lungs is just a matter of time.

This means that future generations will look back at people who donate their organs today and think of them as heroes.

The future Bravehearts and King Leonidases will be today’s organ donators.

4. However, we’ll feel less healthy than today

This is pure irony: life expectancy is rising about three months each year, but in the future, humans will feel more fragile than in the past and less healthy, partly because of their lifestyle.

Most jobs 30 years from now will require that we use our minds quite a bit more, resulting in much less physical movement in most professions that will require a human body.

Conditions such as obesity and depression will literally become the future’s plagues.

3. Chips will be implanted in our bodies

This might sound like a scenario straight out of a sci-fi film, but it’s believed that by 2080 — and mostly in high-tech countries — a chip will be implanted in parts of our bodies that will serve as a combination of credit card, passport, driver’s license, personal diary, and so on.

Thus, people won’t have to worry about losing their credit cards while traveling, and we’ll all be part robot. Kinda.

2. People will live much longer than they do now

Biologists assure us that the first person who will live over 150 years — and it will be historically recorded, not just a myth — was born in 2014.

How can they be so sure?

They claim there will be revolutionary inventions and advancements related to human cells within the next 15-20 years.

Let’s hope it’s all true and not just hot air.

1. The world might not be a better place after all

Regardless of all the medical, scientific, technological, and biological advancements that will take place in the next few decades, no one can guarantee us that our world will be less violent, less racist, less sexist, and thus a more humane or better place to live.

Morals, ethics, and mercy have nothing to do with social development. It’s all about human nature, isn’t it?

And nothing’s really changed. Author Stephen Prothero offers the examples of American presidential elections in 1796 and 1800 being basically over the same issues as those we see today.

So, The Who were right: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

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