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The World in 2050

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The World in 2050

Futurism is an Italian fine arts movement that was founded in 1909. Poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti began the movement to celebrate modern technology and to free Italian art from the psychology of the past. Futurism influenced the 20th century's art and design, which opened doors for the movements related to sculpture, theater, architecture, fashion, and music. Futurist principles value the science of computer programming; they believe that computers will make a significant difference in the world many years from now. With technology improving and reaching immense heights there is a great wonder about the world in 2050. What is known is there will be a world completely different in technology and arts, than we are familiar with today.

One very famous futurist is Dr. James Canton. He has been predicting the key trends that have shaped our world for the past 30 years. Dr. Canton is also a CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, an entity that advises the government on future trends. He participates in advising the Global Fortune 100 on the trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate changes, and globalization. He uses his abilities to answer questions on Global Warming, availability of gas, and the decrease in water. Futurists are authors, consultants, organizational leaders, and others who engage in interdisciplinary and systems thinking to advise private and public organizations on such matters as diverse global trends, plausible scenarios, emerging market opportunities, and risk management.

Media will transform as the years progress and by 2050, the world will be exploding with new technology. This transformation will enhance media making it faster and broader. It will be more efficient and more reliable. Electronics will be easier to access, giving people a chance to enjoy finding what they need quicker. Telephones will be voice activated or one touch dial. Cell phones could be made smaller like a chip. People could place the small chip in their ear and talk whenever they pleased. Only the person wearing the chip can hear the phone ring and with one touch of the finger to the ear the call will be ended or rejected.

Home telephones will be intergraded with cell phones, making people able to receive important calls wherever they are. Creditors or salesmen can no longer call annoying customers to buy their products. People can also have a conversation with as many people as desired and still be able to click over. The home phone can be connected to the television so that callers can have a face to face conversation.

Television will still be greatly appreciated, but the internet will soon be taking over. Television usage will take place everywhere, planes, bathrooms, classrooms, home, etc. It will use virtual reality to make scenes more realistic and exciting. Television's advantages will consist of pause, rewind, fast-forward, internet, telephone, virtual reality, face to face conversation, and education. Television will aid the community and eliminate other electronics.

When the World Wide Web began in 1990, few suspected how successful it would become. The future of the internet is difficult to predict but its rapid acceleration of growth is expected only to increase. High-speed networks will make it possible for professionals to work in ways never before possible. IPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVo's represent the first wave of Internet-centered products that can't be easily modified by anyone except their vendors or selected partners. These "tethered appliances" have already been used in remarkable but little-known ways: car GPS systems have been reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on the occupants at all times, and digital video recorders have been ordered to self-destruct thanks to a lawsuit against the manufacturer thousands of miles away. New Web 2.0 platforms like Google and Facebook are fairly secure but their applications can be similarly monitored and eliminated from a central source. The internet as we know is already accessible almost instantaneously and available on the go and in the palm of our hands.

The fear that newspapers will soon be obsolete is a common feeling in today's society. On the one hand, newspapers are expected to supply their content free on the Web. On the other hand, their most profitable advertising--classifieds--is being lost to sites like Craigslist. And display advertising is close behind. Meanwhile, there is the blog terror: people are getting their understanding of the world from random lunatics riffing in their underwear, rather than professional journalists with standards and passports. It has been said that newspaper circulation in America is the same now as it was in the early 1970's when the nation's population was drastically smaller.

Analysts have predicted that the trend of more advanced media and technology will cause the human race to become lazy and obese. With all our wants and needs being at the click of a button there will be no big need for us to move around and be as active as needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We can look forward with confidence to a considerable degree of freedom from infectious diseases at a time not too far in the future. Currently our president is working on a method to



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