26 June 2017
For me, the film Wall-E perfectly depicts what I believe to be an accurate representation of our future if we continue as we are. Surrounded by technology and equipment and with our increasing lack of environmental care and protection it wouldn’t surprise me to find aspects of this film coming to pass in the next 33 years.

Technology has advanced so far since the invention of the smart phone that robotics today are capable of completing tasks much quicker and more efficiently than humans. Robotics will have taken over almost all non-specialist jobs, leaving far more people unemployed and therefore dependent on the tax payer. I don’t mean to suggest that the next 30 years will see the widespread mobilisation of cyborgs/robots, but I think that robotics will be made available to more people for more general use and that this affordability alongside availability will mean that businesses will opt for the financially cheaper option of automation.  

Hopefully by 2050, we will have harnessed the use of more renewable resources for our needs so that we no longer rely on harmful non-renewable energy sources that pollute our atmosphere. I fear that this will ultimately be too late and that environment will have already changed rapidly by then. With global warming such a prominent issue, despite the Government’s explicit rejection of the subject, our geographical landscapes will have been moulded by a disregard for nature.  Sudden environmental changes alongside increased human ignorance will cause the extinction of a number of animals, with the last male white rhino already under 24-hour protection. We will continue to destroy our planet alongside those we share it with unless something changes within the next 30 years.

I believe that the future of our society will be inclusive. Our current generation is far less homophobic and racist than that our grandparents and therefore it follows that the next generation will be even less so. In 30 years’ time, I hope society is more accepting of people deemed to deviate from the norm, as well as those of different races, sexes and abilities.

The sociological constructs of today I feel will be relevant in the future. For example, increased privatisation and mobility are ever more advancing and the development of new technologies will allow this to happen at an ever-increasing rate. We have the ability to change the future of our planet, through who we go on to become and through the lives we’ll create and shape. In 33 years’ time the planet doesn’t have to resemble a desolate waste land, but change will only happen if we address and enforce policies; change does not occur simply by ignoring the issues or by denying their existence.  

Sophie Merrix, from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England; studying BA History