Ok this doesn’t seem like a very frugal or financial based topic but it depends how you think things are going to turn out. what will the world look like in 2050 totally depends on a million different conceivable and inconceivable factors but in each scenario your position as an average citizen and your ability to survive economically will difder greatly.
In 2050 I will be 69 years old so as long as I keep my health and avoid freak accidents I will likely get to see the time I am talking about now. Who knows by then 69 may be the new 40! Life begins at 70, has a ring to it!
So for this article I am going to take a quick look at some of the possible outcomes of the future and how it may affect someone of average income and average social status like myself.
The Utopia, a la many a sci fi
Many a sci fi has pushed this idea of a utopia. These days when you think about it it looks like a communist China with everyone wearing the same clothes and operating on a completely identical level. The only difference is that for the most part there is no distaste to this utopian existence as everyone is served everything they need. Of course many sci fi novels and productions end in some form of terrorism or savior (depending on the angle) destroying the utopia and sending humanity on the run!
Under such a utopia with clean white uniforms and manicured lawns, perfect health and everyone smiling there will be no need for cash. I would just be another one of the flock. No more, no less…. The truth is (and as much as I like the idea of equality) I would possibly end up being on the sides of the rebel if this went too far. People cannot be people in such a society and even though money worries would be gone, such an environment only produces drones. n fact the speed of technology would slow and a few enforces would effectively be running the show. I would not be surprised if this existence was a government or private enterprise.
Much the same but with much cooler technology!
This is my genuine prediction. I look back 40 years to movies and books and I know a lot has changed but not so much in day to day life. Move it forward 40 years and I am sure virtual reality, built in (to us) internet on a scale we can’t imagine and medical health advances beuond our dreams will be in place. Despite all this we will still be doing what we do. Hanging out with friends, working way to much, complaining about the government and a million other things. I do think it’s likely much of this will naturally take place in a virtual space. Things like second life will live up to their name and going out to a bar could well comprise of sitting at your VR desk with a 6 pack. The scary thing about virtual reality and 3d immersement getting so real is that the real world could get less use. Travel will decline, buildings for work and public service will be less needed and it’s possible the quality of the real world could decline. Oddly it can take just as long to build a high detailed virtual landscape as it does a real one so maybe that is what the engineers of the future will be working on.
Financially this should weigh in our favor as tech jobs from home or wherever else we want to connect from should be widely available and health should be less of an issue in general. However I can see less active lives and gentically modified foods causing some big problems even in this middle ground world. A 68 year old like myself may be over the hill but I could sit in a museum blogging on this site to show where it all started!
Human caused collapse, war and near apocalypse!
Of our 100’s of 1000’s of years (or a few thousand as some of you may believe) we have not yet brought on an all out apocalypse and destruction of the human race. However it has been talked about throughout all of human history and nothing is different now.
Religious tensions are rising, economies are collapsing and global south economies are tipping the super powers on their heads. Things like Monsanto’s terminator gene and genetically modified ill treated foods threaten to bring widespread illness and disease and the fact that there are just too damn many of us sparks the possibility of wipeout!
If this does happen and I survive then I expect that the frugality I have picked up along the years will be tested to more than it’s limits. I see some people living here in Egypt who probably wouldn’t notice too much of a change and the people already well introduced to poverty may be the ones to rise from the ashes of our own destruction. I don’t expect government big wigs or bankers to be able to get through such hard times so it could be the time of the world’s current poorest to rise and either teach everyone else how to survive or create a Mad Max style dog eat dog world….. Whatever it is money will be a different beast in such a horrible future.
Your opinion, What will the world look like in 2050?
I was kind of just having fun with this post but I generally think things will be ok in one way or another. We are becoming a global world and although there are ups and downs and battles to fight things such as general health, women’s rights, gay right’s and equality of races is getting better through much of the world. Religious tolerance is being tested right now but I hope that the excellent efforts by the religious communities at large will help us through these hard times and technolog will bring us the stuff we really are dreaming about.
So what do you think?