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Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years

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What’s going to happen in 2013? In ten years time? 50 years? 100? As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled some intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.

2013

Likely:

-The Great Firewall can no longer prevent Chinese people to access global information.

-Patients are prescribed medical apps by their doctors.

Pinterest is bought by Google

Unlikely:

-USA is overtaken by China in the field of scientific research.

-You can now play virtual games based in your own neighbourhood thanks to Google Earth.

By 2017

Likely:

-You gen get you own genome sequenced for under $100.

-A digital currency is officially accepted in USA.

-Germany’s gold reserves are overtaken by China’s.

Facebook has been overtaken as the biggest social network.

-Robots are widely used for agricultural tasks on farms.

-Your computer has a sense of smell.

-The Arctic is free of ice throughout the summer months.

Unlikely:

-The first immortal mouse has been created.

-People can touch one another through their mobile phones.

By 2022.

Likely:

-High resolution bionic eyes are on sale.

-The Aral Sea has dried up.

-A sucessful demonstration of fusion power has taken place.

Unlikely:

-Many humans permanently wear devices which record, store and index every conversation they have.

By 2037

Likely:

-Many commercial flights take place without pilots.

-Land in/around Chernobyl is developed as a national park.

-Cars are now fully automated and driver-free.

Unlikely:

-You can upload contents of your brain to a computer.

-The USA presidency has been held by a third party candidate.

-The territory of the Moon has been claimed by China.

-Tracking technology is embedded in bodies of more than 50 percent of Americans.

-A world government is in place.

By 2062

Likely:

-Wealthy people are able to select elements of their offspring’s genetic makeup.

-There is at least one building whose height is in excess of 10 kilometres.

Unlikely:

-There exist machines with greater than human super-intelligence.

-A base has been established on Mars.

-The first cloned humans have appeared.

By 2112

Unlikely:

-A new ice age has begun.

-Tax has been abolished in the USA.

-At least one A.I. being has the status of a corporation.

By 2150

Unlikely:

-A human being has lived to older than 150.

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