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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Looking Ahead

It’s that time of year again. The Economist, not deterred by its 2008 forecast that Hilary Clinton would be president, recently published The World in 2009. The World Future Society lists "Ten Forecasts for 2009 and Beyond" on its Web site. Among some of the more interesting forecasts:

● While 2009 will still be difficult for many sectors of the world economy, the construction and financial sectors may have seen the worst. The world is not heading for another Great Depression, as governments signal their willingness to help;

● The automobile’s dominance may be ending as more advanced wireless communication reduces the need for travel, flying drones replace freight trucks and governments restrict the number of vehicles owned by each household;

● The English language will reach one million words on or about April 29, 2009;

● By 2030, every person will have nanoimplants and a unique IP address connected to a network. Everything a person does or says will be recorded;

● The median age in the seven wealthiest democracies (G7) reaches 40 in 2009. “The rich world is graying,” writes futurist Adam Roberts. The results — a shrinking workforce and postponed retirement. Also, lots of conferences on aging.

Got any predictions for 2009?

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