hello fellow creative crusader
and time traveler
The end of the year is nigh, which is a perfect opportunity to write about the future, heh.
I believe that if you want to stay relevant in your online biz, you should anticipate the future to see where the puck may go.
It will open your mind for new possibilities and remind you to adapt to, or better, anticipate changes.
I’ve written a prediction post about the blogpost in 2020, and I’m now doing the same for our online world.
Whether or not you’re ready for the future, the future is ready for you.
Here are my 8 predictions for the next 10 years in the technologized world.
Renting becomes the new buying.
Technology changes our lifestyles. And with more people working online, they’ll be free to live wherever they want. The need to own a house and cars will seem ridiculous – especially if you want to live abroad. Mix that with the attitude of sustainability (optimize what you got instead of buying something new) and you have a trend that can become mainstream.
Don’t want to own a car ? Rent it on the go.
Don’t want to own a house ? Rent it across the globe.
Don’t want to commit to a serious relationship but have sex and dates ?
Rent a partner.
Hey, it works in Japan.
Until the invoice does us apart.
Our surroundings will be smarter than us.
It might crack your ego when a your nightstand will be more knowledgeable than you, but I predict it’s going to happen. Smart wear, smart cars, smart houses. Every inanimate object will be able to tailor its use towards you.
Your jacket will say,
“You’re about to shiver, put on more clothes.”
Your wristband will say,
“Drop that third donut, buddy, you reached your sugar limit.”
Your house will say,
“I can sense you’re tired, I’m going to dim the lights.”
You’ll feel like the monkey amidst brilliant technology.
Which gets us to the next prediction.
We’ll transition from human to cyborg.
Not in the terminator with the German accent way, but more in a hybrid, co – existential way.
Quick reminder :
A cyborg is an organism that needs technology to survive. By this definition, every human with a pacemaker is a cyborg. With more and more tech on our bodies, we’re moving away from a 100% organic life form and embrace technology in our bodies.
Dare I say, in less than a hundred years, we’ll turn into a new, artificial species.
Bitcoin will be the major alternative currency in the future.
According to MT. Gox, the most popular trading website for Bitcoin, the crypto-currency just reached 1000 $ for one BTC. This is a dramatic increase from the 15 $ at the beginning of the year. Trust into governments is sinking around the globe, I can see it here in Europe and hear it from my American friends. And with more countries, media and corporations accepting this currency, it’s fair to say it has high chances of becoming mainstream in the next decade.
And why not, given that most of us work online anyway ?
It’s digital evolution, stupid.
Become unique before you become out-roboted.
I remember renting books from my local library a few years ago. You had to carry your tomes to a person behind the desk, who then scanned for to you. And now ? No humans whatsoever, machines now scan your books.
The only existing humans in my library sip coffee behind the information points and moan in boredom. Who knows when they’ll get robot-replaced. If your work can be easily replicated, your future ersatz “colleague” will carry a number instead of a name.
Begun, the body wars have.
Remember that slim case you call a smartphone ? A goner in the next years. The new technology will have a closer relationship with you, literally. Corporations will fight over your body space.
Wristbands, microchip’d tattoos, computerized clothes – these technologies will turn your body into a mobile computer with wi-fi access.
Also known as “PAN” – Personal Area Network.
The question won’t be which device you buy, the question will be which brand you’ll let stud your skin ;)
Online will be the new status of wealth.
And being offline will be the new ‘homeless’. Even if you have a decent income and a roof over your head, if you don’t have / don’t want to be online 24/7, people will look at you with squinted eyes. The idea of being offline will be similar to using horses as your main transportation.
Somewhat doable, but unacceptable in society’s eyes.
Your value as a human will be ranked.
When our bodies become more robotized, we’ll become more measurable. Someone said you can’t put a number on a human’s life, but in the 21st century, I’m afraid you can.
I tend to criticize Klout, but I believe it’s the first step into the future of human ranking. The algorism will become more sophisticated. It will create astute observations of your value, and show it to possible employers, clients and even mating partners.
(overhead in the future :”I like your DNA stats, I think we can create some beautiful, healthy children together.”)
Every conversation, every piece of work and remark you make, will impact your score. Mix that with the amount of people you interact with (and the impact you have on them), and the world will have a good overview of your value. Oh, and your natural stats (age, skin color, hair, body, cancer risk) will also be visible, which will lead to body upgrades to stay competitive.
Forget about made-up CVs, applications, dating sites and other promotional shenanigans. Your stats will show what value you really bring to your fellow humans.
Predictions are guesstimations at best, but I believe it’s important for you to think about the future. Even if some of the predictions don’t come true, they’ll stretch our thinking and keep our mind open for possibilities. Only with a fresh mind will you be able adapt to the changes.
And they are going to come, sooner than you think.
What are some predictions you can make for the near future ?
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