Its clear humanity is in the process of transforming into a new reality of life. And all of us living today are a part of this process. This new reality came to light due to the enormous number of scientific breakthroughs throughout the past several decades and our ability to utilize this new-found knowledge to our benefit.
Nowadays, the advancement of medicine aids our survival and the human population increases as does life expectancy. Scientists predict that generations born after the year 2005 will easily live to and beyond 100 years of age. Physical labor is beginning to disappear, as automation is replacing industrial labor and other monotone and dangerous jobs.
As traditional jobs disappear, new (less physical) forms of work arrive, such as working online. This new class of labor is very flexible and independent. A person can work in another city or even another country without leaving the house. This type of work, and the lifestyle associated with it, is part of a longer process of globalization, which has grown tremendously over the past several decades.
However, the new society of the future still holds many questions, especially for senior citizens. Modern medicine promises to extend our lives but not our youth, so where does that leave the older community? We can assume that if we begin to create new, technologically-pertinent medical institutions, an industry catering to the comfort and lifestyles of seniors will possibly be created. A new fashion industry will focus not only on wigs and hair-growth, but on stylish clothing, shoes, cosmetics, and culinary style for those over 100. We will start to see new styles of sport, senior Olympics, and stadiums. All of this is exciting but requires large amounts of financing and organization. The target market will be out of the workforce, therefore not producing much in terms of contribution to the very market they consume.
Perhaps the evolution of robotic automation might bring solutions to this dilemma. There will come a time when robots will pay taxes on the income they receive for their labor. This would be a completely new form of financing a state and federal budget. Judging by the current pace of advancement in the field of robotics, automation will continue to increase and replace many of our current professions, including governmental positions, court officials, and police duties, similar to the way ATMs all but replaced bank tellers.
Soon, robots will begin to manage and control other robots and humanity will enter the world of ubiquitous artificial intelligence.
This presents another interesting, yet frightening, dilemma: the internet. For the time being, social connections remain relatively traditional. The majority of people still physically get up and to work, rent or buy actual places to live, use public transportation, and yearn for a vacation in order to enjoy the sun along the seaside for only two weeks out of the year. However, the internet is beginning to transform the traditional standards.
Those who work from home are performing all their job duties on their computer. This can cause a person to spend more time at home and possibly severing ties with social norms outside. The opportunity to make new friends at work or running into someone on the subway, grows increasingly slim. But this new reality of online interaction presents other (near limitless) opportunities to meet interesting people online through websites and forums centered around specific interests. These new opportunities encompass the whole virtual world, not merely the locality where you live.
Constant interaction within the internet can make people more careful and more responsible for their own actions. For now, we are still learning and navigating this vast space without completely understanding our own roles in a world of ubiquitous internet. Sometimes we leave negative comments or write mean posts to people without realizing that our online-footprint is there to stay forever. However, some are beginning to stay away from negative social interactions out of fear of haunting them later in life, like when looking for a new job opportunity.
The traditional, institution of marriage will be upended by this new class of people. But these people already exist today. They are singles who are financially secure with a high sense of self-worth. They also live alone and aren’t necessarily seeking stable relationships. They were born with these characteristics, but our constantly changing society enabled this lifestyle for them.
For the first time in history first-world governments provided people material opportunity to be able to live this way, to the point that people began to refuse the responsibilities which came along with a domestic partnership. In other words, people began to stray away from the dereliction of responsibilities within a family unit where its survival depended on the successful implementation of each duty by each member. A new ability to survive on your own developed.
Birth rates may decline but if everyone is satisfied, society might not suffer.
Sociological studies have shown that people who are happy lose such negative attributes, as greediness and the willingness to hoard resources. In the society of the future, re-evaluations of worth will likely occur and people will place less value on personal possessions. At the top of this list of re-evaluations will be personal automobiles and homes. Automobiles will become a part of a safe and convenient public transportation system, foregoing human controllers for AI-powered autopilots. The costs of maintaining a home will instead be used for leisure and travel: humanity’s endless pursuits.
People of the future may find themselves to be less wealthy, but instead healthier and happier compared to people of the past, who owned castles and mansions but died of trivial causes. The self-realization within the online world, eventually accessible to all, will transform society as a whole.
People will create their own world and receive from it their self-worth, increasing the success and stability of their societies. And the governments of the world, if they still even exist, will stop manufacturing wars in order to reduce the collected energy of their people. Not a completely negative prognosis in the long run.
We can stop labeling the society of the time head: “futuristic” because it has already labeled itself. This is the internet world, where no one will get left behind.