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In 5 years - what?
Predicting the future is a risky business and one that will, given
most of us attempting to predict look silly. In the
science writers predicted that we would all be riding and flying around
in our own personal car-planes. Prototypes of
car-planes were built
and manufacturers sat back and waited for the customers to line
up with their check books. What the experts
didn’t realize was that
not many motorists really wanted to learn to be pilots – seems
that highway driving was stressful enough
without adding takeoffs and
Predicting events today is more difficult than it has ever been, what with information
doubling every 18-months or so.
Today’s newspapers, magazines, television and blogs on our computers
are filled with
criticisms and predictions of the next day, the
next year, the next decade.
This morning I started out with a long list
things that I would write about and make predictions concerning what would happen to the various subjects in the year 2012.
Thinking about the predictions of the past I had second thoughts.
about the predictions that by
this year (2007) inputting on computers
will be done with thought waves. People will be creating artistic
masterpieces without touching
canvas, clay or any other medium. It was
predicted that intelligent generations of tiny robots will
be produced on “robot breeding
farms.” Another prediction said that we
will be able to structure our brains to have any kind of mind
we want. The sports experts
said that Babe Ruth’s homerun record (set
in 1927) would never be broken. Today we await the news of when
San Francisco Giant Barry
Bonds will be the second man to break the
Babe’s “unbreakable” record.
And so, not caring to venture into territory of
which is sure to stamp
me as not only wrong, but silly, I ask you, dear reader for
your thoughts and predictions on the topics listed
below. Please send
me your thoughts about where these topics will be in 5 years-
Pick one topic or pick them all. Just keep
your comments short and
e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m interested in
where you think the world will be in 2012. Your
guess is as good (or
better) than mine.
1. The Iraq war. Will it continue as it is,
with no end in sight or will it end and if
it does end what will be the end result?
2. Terrorism. Will it stop, continue as is or
3. Who will be president
of the United States in 2012?
4. Will the Democrats and Republicans in Congress continue their
two-bit bickering on all subjects,
playing nyah, nyah as the country suffers?
5. Will the demonstrations by Mexicans lead to changes
in the immigration laws?
6. Will the United Nations become stronger or weaker in 2012? Will the UN be a genuine world factor by 2012?
7. Will neighborhood
gangs continue their expansion or will law
enforcement, parents and socialogists figure out a way to stop gang
cloning primates and human beings become a reality by 2012?
9. Will stem cell research and development provide us
and healthier lives?
10. As athletes become bigger, stronger, taller and able to strengthen their bodies with supplements
most sports records be broken by 2012?
11. Will the United States be involved in a wider war by 2012?
Pick one subject or
of them. Briefly write down your thoughts and predictions and e-mail
them to me at email@example.com. Your submission may be
in future columns but your name will not be used. Your anonymity will