The World Future Society Outlook 2011 report was released about 6 months ago, but I came across it again today and thought it would be a good post for my readers.
The video below is 4 minutes long and provides a summary of the top 10 forecasts from the World Future Society.
Every year the WFS Outlook report (published by the The Futurist Magazine) examines the key trends in technology, the environment, the economy, etc and provides a summary of top ten forecasts for the coming year. You can access these forecasts at http://www.wfs.org/Forecasts_From_The_Futurist_Magazine
The 2011 report provided the following ten forecasts:
1. Physicists could become tomorrow’s leading economic forecasters.
2. Environmentalists may embrace genetically modified crops as a carbon-reduction technology.
3. Search engines will soon include spoken results, not just text.
4. Will there be garbage wars in the future? Trash producers in the developed world will ship much more of their debris to repositories in developing countries.
5. The notion of class time as separate from non-class time will vanish.
6. The future is crowded with PhDs.
7. Cities in developed countries could learn sustainability from so-called slums in the developing world. Dwellers of "slums," favelas, and ghettos have learned to use and reuse resources and commodities more efficiently than their wealthier counterparts.
8. Cooperatively owned smart cars and roads will replace dumb, individual gas guzzlers.
9. Fighting the global threat of climate change could unite countries—or inflame rivalries.
10. We may not be able to move mountains with our minds, but robots will await our mental commands.
All of these forecasts plus dozens more were included in the report that was published in The Futurist Magazine. In fact, The Futurist, has also made public the contents from Outlook 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. You can access these forecasts at http://www.wfs.org/Forecasts_From_The_Futurist_Magazine