On Global Warming
“Instead of the abrupt warming that alarmists always say is about to start, my rather cloudy crystal ball says global temperature is more likely to continue showing no clear trend or to be at the beginning of a cooling trend. Alarmists will continue to blame every severe weather event on climate change and to oppose all energy projects except solar and wind. In short, just as little has changed with regard to the politicizing of the global warming theory in the last twenty years, little is likely to change in the next twenty.”
— Dr. Gene D. Robinson, Professor Emeritus at James Madison University in Virginia and author of Global Warming: Alarmists, Skeptics & Deniers – A Geoscientist Looks at the Science of Climate Change.
Global Access: In twenty years, almost everyone on the planet will have access to the world’s best educational materials. Almost every subject will be available for free online.
Personalized learning: Students won’t be forced to learn in a “one-size-fits-all” model with everyone the same age learning the same thing at once. Rather, technology will allow the system to adjust to every student’s needs. A 35-year-old would easily be able to brush up on Trigonometry. Moreover, a 4th grader would be able to learn Algebra. Everyone will be able to focus on their own needs.
Interactive classrooms: Teachers will spend less time lecturing, and much more time mentoring. Classrooms will be highly engaging environments with almost all time spent on valuable human interactions.
Competency-based credentials: Students will be able to prove what they know, not by seat-time, but with competency-based credentials. An out-of-work 40-year-old would not need to go back to school and pile up thousands of dollars of debt before employers took him seriously. Instead, he would be able to take an accounting course online for free, prove what he knows, and get a job.
— Shantanu Sinha, President and COO of Khan Academy
On Global Conflict
In 2033, global conflict will be widespread and chaotic, but not necessarily more violent.
The next few decades will see the erosion of central authority in the former colonial world, which will be somewhat violent at first, before settling down into a reasonable harmony. Geography will be more crucial than ever, even as technology makes the earth smaller and more claustrophobic.
— Robert David Kaplan, an American journalist, chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, and author of “The Revenge of Geography.”
“20 years from now, biotechnology – reprogramming biology as an information process – will be in a mature phase. We will routinely turn off genes that promote disease and aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be able to add genes that protect us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Major killers such as these will be under control. We will be growing new organs from stem cells that are created from our own skin cells. We will be able to rejuvenate our organs in place by gradually replacing aging cells that contain genetic errors and short telomeres with cells containing our own DNA but without errors and with extended telomeres. Overall, we will be adding more than a year every year to your own remaining life expectancy, which will represent a turning point in life extension.”
— Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil, an American author, inventor, futurist, and director of engineering at Google.
It is important to note that these conclusions are speculative and hypothetical.
The future is inherently uncertain, and actual events and developments may deviate significantly from these assumptions.
To gain accurate and up-to-date information about the state of the world in 2033, it is recommended to refer to reliable news sources and stay informed about current events.