Your Predictions for 2064

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In "Her," Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, a lonely guy who falls in love with his incredibly caring, funny, and sexy computer operating system (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture)

Yesterday, we spoke with Matt Novak of Gizmodo's "Paleofuture" blog about Isaac Asimov's 1964 predictions for 2014. Now, we want to get your predictions for fifty years from now -- life in 2064. Post your predictions now, and Matt will be back at 11:40 on Tuesday to assess your predictions and talk about the state of futurism.

Audio of part one with Matt Novak below. Comments page here.

Comments [20]

Futuristguy from Chattanooga

I loved the main article and the readers' comments.
Thank you.

Jan. 25 2014 06:02 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The Messiah will have returned by then.

Jan. 14 2014 03:11 PM
Robert from Lost in what used to be America

As populations grow, it will be seen as unethical to pay so much in medical costs to keep people alive. Marriage benefits will be eliminated.

Most leadership positions will be held by women.

Tens of millions of people will be slaughtered in the establishment of a Caliphate. A truly democratic Iran will not be part of it and will be a strong ally of the US.

China will break into independent nations.

In North America, climate change will bring a gradual but great migration north. The southern states will become Blue and moderate Republicans and atheists will flourish in the North. Corporate dominance will make partisan politics unimportant. Canada will be unsuccessful in trying to ban immigration.

Europe will move to totalitarianism.

You won't a prescription for anti-depressants. Drug stamps will replace food stamps.

Jan. 14 2014 12:52 PM
Stefanie Weiss from NYC

Last fall I wrote a sci-fi story for the current issue of GOOD mag about life in 2114. As per my editor I'm not allowed to give away the twist online, but suffice it to say, I imagined a future in which technology has utterly transformed the way we experience relationships and our most primal urges and functions (specifically giving birth). Although nothing is the same about the way we do and make things, WE are essentially the same, and perhaps better at being human, for having consciously engaged with technology. Here's more on the story:

(Matt, if you're reading this, happy to send you a PDF of the story since I can't post online. I'm @ecosexuality on Twitter.)

Jan. 14 2014 12:15 PM

carolita from NYC -- have you seen the 2010 show "Continuum?" it attempts to project the US in the year 2060. Yet just 2 or 3 years later the show seems nearly contemporary… I fear that when I read your comment it also reminds me of today's NYC…

Jan. 14 2014 12:05 PM

Brian is correct that the taxi medallion system is a racket.
Raises the cost and diminishes transportation services to NYers.
Banks that hold the medallion mortgages are the primary beneficiaries.
Riders are primary victims.
All surplus from fare increases go to medallion value, not to the drivers, whose wages are dictated by the labor market.

Jan. 14 2014 12:04 PM
Tom Rodeheaver

We will continue our slide into an impoverished nation as the 1% get stronger as they throw the country into the Chinese economic camp.

Jan. 14 2014 12:04 PM

cancer causing 100% of deaths -- by age 70 -- since body parts themselves will be replaceable but our air and water will be fully toxic.

Jan. 14 2014 12:01 PM

My prediction: Increasingly intense warfare over increasingly scarce natural resources.

Jan. 14 2014 12:01 PM
Miscellaneous from NYC

Much as I hate to put a damper on this discussion, I don't envision this planet being around 50 years from now. By the time the climate change-opposition comes around and the Congress of the US and the United Nations enact legislation to prevent further pollution of this planet, it will have degenerated too far for life to exist on it. Perhaps there will survive a few stragglers who live on mountains surrounded by oceans of melted arctic ice, but depending upon which mountain and which seeds one has brought along, there will be little to eat, no technology and no future.

Jan. 14 2014 11:59 AM
Chadney from Bayside

Disappearance of the value of real estate in physical world to the mass population's preference for virtual lives generated by a few dominant virtual reality corporations.

Jan. 14 2014 11:58 AM
carolita from NYC

here's pessimistic for you: we will be fiefs and lords by 2064. Women will have communes where they will fend off religious fanatics with weapons. There will be ghettos of service workers surrounding the rich. There will be a secret society of readers, just like in Fahrenheit 451, when all the ebook servers go down. It will be the beginning of a new Dark Ages.

Jan. 14 2014 11:56 AM
Robert from NYC

I will be dead or 118 years old! But Social Security will be thriving to spite the republicans today. Gratefully many of them will be dead too by then.

Jan. 14 2014 11:50 AM
antonio from baySide

In 2064, through the advancements of nano technology we'll be able to send 'nano-drones' to totally eliminate problems with vital organs.

Jan. 14 2014 11:04 AM
oscar from ny

First of all most of you will be dead,including me..jesus will have come to seperate most of the evil from the good so the the righteus ppl of the rapture will be joined in jesus goverment..the meek who inherited earth for 1000 years will start the construction of an electrical world where everything is free, common sense, help, will rule and lying will not be tolarated..and all souls left will wait until the Ultimate judgment from the lord of the universe come to pass..

Jan. 14 2014 10:48 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Marriage and family will be obsolete relics of an earlier age and babies will be produced in factories.

Jan. 14 2014 06:56 AM
Sean from NYC

The world look similar to the world in the movie Wall-E.

Jan. 13 2014 02:33 PM
Keith Kulper from Hanover Township, NJ

The average life expectancy will be 135-150 for people who get the right nutrition from birth, exercise regularly and have access to personalized medical care driven by findings from medical "big data" information.

By 2064, we will have finally stopped polluting the planet by burning fossil fuels. Fusion will have started to become the predominant energy source. Oil and natural gas will be used for manufacture of advanced materials. Gold, diamonds, rare earths etc., will still be sought after for high tech uses and adornment and display.

Many children will receive their first "wearable" technology by age 3; learning will occur through personal robotic tutors connected to the internet. School and work will blur as more youngsters enter their professional lives earlier. Young adults will still marry and raise children but as our life spans extend it will not be unusual for most people to marry and raise 2 or 3 families find new partners and live very fulfilling lives.

Life long education will be the standard. Degrees will still be conferred by higher education institutions, but these institutions will go on to actively engage, teach and develop their graduates for an average of 100 years.

China will not become a western style democracy but the majority of their people will no longer be working in factories as they do today. Robots will take the place of assembly line workers. There will be 3B Chinese; 2.5B will live in China.

There will be several hundred thousand people living and working on the moon; there will be about 50,000 people living and working on Mars. There will be colonies of 1,000 people or more living and working on asteroids which become the source of a great deal of the raw material for advanced technology manufacturing.

National/Global parks will become larger and more pristine than ever. More and more people will experience "authentic" living; eating fresh food, working in the fresh air and working at jobs that they love. The environmental abuses of the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries will become fewer and fewer as more is learned about how all people can live on the planet without abusing it.

The United States will continue to drive advances in innovation, education and societal pluralism; everyone will still be able to become an American; even "Lunans" and "Martians"!

By 2064,we will not have yet discovered how to "bend" space and "jump" across the galaxy, but our top scientists will be pushing the boundaries of quantum physics which will eventually lead us to intergalactic exploration. Perhaps by the year 2250 or 2300 we will have discovered how to do it; not that far off when one considers that Columbus only landed in Hispaniola in 1492.

The future is bright for humanity....we have hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of years ahead for our species...despite the fears of the naysayers and the valid concerns of the progressives.

Jan. 13 2014 02:09 PM
Bill from UWS

Every man will have mutton chops!

Jan. 13 2014 11:49 AM
John A.

A new Alcoholics Anonymous-like organization will form, but this time for people who need to separate from their computers.
May the Catholic Church continue to be blessed with progressive Francis-like leaders.
(Near Term) The Republican party will (have to) disown the political activist religious right.
New Geneva conventions will continue to restrict the use of Robot weaponry, and be routinely ignored, with corresponding disasters.
Pro-drug experiments in US states will reach tipping points and have to be reigned in.

Jan. 13 2014 11:40 AM

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