What will Philadelphia look like in the future? That has been the question on many people’s minds. Sorry to say, there won’t be nano-robots to take care of our every need, or hovercrafts and personal rockets. According to newsoffuture.com, the future won’t be much different. This is because as stated on the site: “The world has changed a lot in the last 150 years, but we humans are driven by the same basic needs as we were 150 years ago, food, sleep, the feeling of being appreciated and loved. Will this change in the next 150 years? No.”
The article basically says that there will be no future clichés, sorry to say. There will be many technological advances, maybe a primitive virtual reality system based off of our 3D technology, but nothing very fancy. According to the website “The Guardian”, by 2050, our planet will reach 9 billion! Not long after that, we will all be crammed, and we will need more space to expand. All of our forests will be cut down, and we will attempt to terraform to another livable planet. It may be the point where we will become extinct, as no more trees means significantly less breathable air. Not to mention the effects of global warming intensifying. But it’s not as black and white as that. Technological advances will help us a lot. As the article says: “Some claim that computers will, by 2050, achieve human capabilities.” The movie Back to the future II depicts our cliché of the future, even though it says that they are in 2015. There are still hovercrafts and robots, etc.
Another view is of the economy. Almost all of the presidents and governors and even mayors have promised us a better economy, more jobs, and less power to the government. It’s easier said than done. To be able to do that we will need a lot more resources, and that links to another theory, which is relatively dark. According to The Guardian website, our planet will run out of resources, especially oil. As it says on its article: “Earth’s population will be forced to colonize two planets within 50 years if natural resources continue to be exploited at the current rate, according to a report out this week. A study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to be released on Tuesday, warns that the human race is plundering the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life. In a condemnation of Western society’s high consumption levels, it adds that the extra planets (the equivalent size of Earth) will be required by the year 2050 as existing resources are exhausted.”
So if we don’t stop our consumption of resources, we will either die out or have to terraform (Move our society to another inhabitable planet or turn an uninhabitable planet into a livable one) but by then we won’t have the resources to change a planet into a livable one, or maybe even create a space shuttle to get there. So the entire future of the planet and maybe even our race sits on our shoulders at this time. (No pressure!) The good news is that we will be way ahead in terms of technology, and life will be generally better. That is the future of Philadelphia. Have fun before that happens!