Wi-Fi will be enabled into almost everything allowing for even more connectivity than first thought. The average person’s life will be heavily influenced (even more so than now) by artificial intelligence and personal computers (wardrobes deciding what clothes you should wear based on season, weather and current trends, allowing you to buy clothes from the wardrobe mirror face if you so wish). With Google Glass and the like just arriving into public circles, it is easy to imagine that the idea will be commonplace by 2050 with computer glasses being more common than regular glasses.
Although cars won’t be flying by 2050, they will be mostly driven by the on-board computer, allowing for ease of use and comfort. Diesel cars will stop being produced and any car before the year 2000 will be illegal to drive unless with a special permit (due to regulations about fuel emissions). Petrol stations will be converted to electric charging stations with petrol pumps being placed far and few between to discourage them being used. Petrol supplies will also be deliberately limited to increase the price of it and to also make petrol last longer for ‘top priority’ uses. Although fossil fuels will be low on the ground, it will still be used by some industries who are still converting to more renewable sources of energy.
Climate change will be even more of an issue and conflict over fossil fuels and natural resources will be common place. Agricultural land will have been reduced significantly due to the growth of urban cities to match the fast growth of the world’s population to just under ten billion people. Due to the lack of farmland, organic food will be in short supply so the world will turn to artificially grown food in labs.
There will still be a great divide in world development, with the less developed countries struggling even more than now that resources are in short supply and with population levels being so high. With wars becoming more commonplace, the number of refugees would be nearing one billion, adding pressure to western countries to provide housing. Western continents (Europe and America) will become increasingly hostile towards helping those in need due to the growing influence of radical politics.
Industry will still be prominent in Asia due to the increased use of child labour and sweat shops despite numerous efforts by governments to stop this. North Korea will have shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with by 2050 and a Cold War will exist between the West and North Korea. In conclusion, while the world develops technologically, it becomes less humane - for the most part.
Andrew Simmons, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England; studying BA History