Welcome to 2050—what the real 2050 could be like. This book is about what life will be like when “cyber” is prolific, self-aware, and in full control of large scale industry, service, and transportation. There will be fascinating changes in how humans live and what they think about.
Some changes you will read about are the following:
—Cyber muses: “Behind every great man . . . er, person, there is a good wom . . . er, cyber muse!”
—Wearables and surveillance: These mean fast fixing of problems in both machines and people. Privacy? Third fiddle to fast fix and inspiring body and mind altering.
—Total entitlement state: Necessities fully covered! Now how about human wants and feelings?
The chapters in this book are of two styles:
—Essays describing what changes will be happening
—Stories that put a deeply human twist on the ramifications of these changes
In this much-changed world, what will people be experiencing, what will they be thinking about, and what will they be aspiring for? These are the questions being asked and answered in Visions of 2050.
Roger Bourke White Jr. is a careful observer of life and people, and he’s done so from many interesting perspectives. He was a soldier in Vietnam in the 1960s, a college student at MIT in the 1970s, a computer network pioneer in the 1980s, and a teacher in Korea in the 1990s.