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by Roger Bourke White Jr., copyright March 2018

Introduction

Welcome to the world of the 2050's... again.

This book is a continuation of the forecasting I have done in my book Visions of 2050. I will be talking more about driverless cars and cyber muses, and I will be discussing lots of new topics as well such as third generation wearables, new kinds of money, and genetic editing that is going to get much easier and cheaper.

On the social side I will be talking about how all these new technologies and inventions are going to change how we humans relate to each other and to the world around us. With cyber handling the heavy lifting in providing our material prosperity humans are going to find other activities besides jobs (in the 2010's meaning of that word) to keep them busy and excited about accomplishing things.

And I will be mixing in lots of short stories that give a nice human twist to describing what these changes will be like.

All-in-all, if you are interested in how we will be living in the 2050's you should find this an interesting read.

Overview

The structure of this book is to have three styles of writing.

The first style is essays discussing various technologies that I forecast are coming and the implications and surprises that are going to come with them. These are technology forecasting essays.

The second style is essays talking about the social implications of these technology changes. How are these changes going to change how we live and what we think about? As an example, how is our thinking about cars going to change as driverless cars become ubiquitous? These are social forecasting essays.

The third style is short stories. These are entertaining stories that delve further into how our lives are going to be changed by these upcoming technologies and social changes.

The goal of these three styles is to look at upcoming changes from different points of view. This can give you, the reader, better insights into what is coming.

One change in a starting premise

One starting premise for these Vision books is that technology is going to continue to improve, but human basic human thinking, such as instincts and emotions, is not going to change much. This relation has been a given since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution back in the 1770's. This interacting between the new possibilities in changing our material world that technology brings and the constants of instinctive and emotional human thinking is what has produced our fascinating human history since the Industrial Revolution began. The Vision books are forecasting how this fascinating history will continue to evolve.

But in this book there will be one change to the above premise. In this book technology will begin to change human emotional and instinctive thinking. In this book I will be talking about third generation wearables and those will have the ability to modify emotions, and modifying emotions can influence instinctive thinking. This is yet another whole new ball game that technology will be bringing to human social relations.

Yes, the 2050's are going to be surprising times in many ways.

 

 

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