The question is simply stupid, and if it were a statement it would be more so. But this is the audacity of a book that I bought today at the bookstore, written by a journalist named Mike Wallace that, rather than taking us to an oracle of time, invites us to reflect on what could happen in 50 years while maintaining an initial retrospective of what that has happened in the last 50. Just ask your grandfather what he would have imagined in 1947 that there would come to be a cell phone with a camera included as it was invented in 1997.
The title of the book is "A look at our 50 world years into the future"And is based on interviews with personalities who have won new prizes in scientific innovation or who have been milestones in the breakdown of paradigms that we now know as technologies of common use in energy, telecommunications, medicine, economics and scientific advances in general .
Discussing with my son, who asked me if I could know the future, we made a deal; within 50 years, when scratching more than 80 (if I succeed) and when he is coming to 60, we could dig up the book from the dust of the library and go back to an old practice called "reading", give him a glance to laugh at new ... as we did today while he had fun with his new edition of Nintendo magazine while my daughter 6 years was eating her nails watching the cover of a magazine containing the characters of High School Musical.
And is that in terms of technology is daring to dare say for example, how would Google Earth in 5 years, or how many GB of RAM would occupy AutoCAD 2015; you just have to see how was the cartography 60 years ago. Let's not say 50 years old.
But reading is not a waste, listen to talk to characters like:
- Vint Cerf, vice president of Google; known as a "father of the Internet"
- Kim Dae-jung, the former president of the Republic of Korea
- Ronald Noble, Secretary General of Interpol
- Norman Borlaug, Nobel Prize winner; called "the father of the environmental revolution"
- Craig Newmark, Internet pioneer and founder of craigslist
They could be more than inspiring, total, if we read contextual blogs like the one that now takes them 32 minutes. Here are some highlighted lines that I have found attractive although I have barely leafed through the book:
You can connect your car at night and recharge the battery, using electricity at the time the power at your local plant has less demand.
Malcolm Bricklin, founder of Subaru and Yoke America
Computer games and virtual reality could both improve their quality so that people find most of their entertainment there and not on actual trips, readings, concerts, theater or other functions.
Gerardus' t Hooft, Nobel Prize in Physics at 1999
The flow of capital and economic growth will be less concentrated in the West. China and India will likely be equal competitors, not to say they will be world economic leaders.
Among the major challenges we will face will be lifestyles and behaviors associated with economic solvency: obesity, stress and lack of exercise, in a society that loves leisure.
It is such a delicious reading that I recommend you for your next visit to the bookstore.