In a recently released prediction for the future, Thomson Reuters analysts’ showed that their vision for the world in 2025 is optimistic. Beginning with the prediction that solar power will be the dominant energy source in that time. The report also states that genomic testing and manipulation will become common practice, which would subsequently lead to better prevention and cure for diseases.
Cancer treatments will be more direct and less toxic to the victim. The world’s infrastructure will be smart, responsive and connected to the world, and its people’s, needs. According to the Reuters analysts, the world of 2025 will be a place free from food and water shortages, and developments for quantum teleportation of goods and people will be well underway.
So how were these hypotheses and predictions made? Most of the benefits explained in the report are attributed the the advancement of current technologies, and the introduction of breakthrough new ones. To make the report, the Reuter’s analysts collected the most cited scientific articles in the past couple of years and combined them with a study into which technologies are receiving the most patents.
However they did provide a disclaimer with their report, stating that predicting the future is tricky, citing that very often they expect too much or too little from technology, and their studies do not protect them from being blindsided by an outlier breakthrough. Yet they feel very certain in their optimistic vision of the world in 2025.
The creators of the new study say that in the light of new technology that was spurred on by aging baby boomers, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s will be completely eradicated in 2025, especially considering that they have already been successful in identifying genetic links to these diseases.
The analysts attribute solar power becoming the most dominant energy source in the world to advancements in photovoltaics, photocatalysts, 3D nanoscale heterojunctions, and chemistry. According to the Reuters team, the way humans collect, manage, store, convert and utilize solar energy will be far more efficient in 2025, even more efficient than the way conventional sources of power are handled today.
The study’s claim that there will be no food shortages in the future is based on the potential adoption of new lighting technologies, LEDs. These new lights will be able to blanket indoor genetically modified crops specifically tailored to the crops’ growth receptors. These plants will be fast growing, disease resistant, and have a consistent high yield.
Observers to the report note that they are a few breakthrough technologies that are nearing their public acceptance that are left off the list, for example electric cars, which Tesla Motors believes will be more than utilized in the mainstream by 2025. Also not included are self-driving vehicles, which are already being experimented with by Google and most major car manufacturers. There is also no mention of 3D printers or robotics, both of which are hypothesized by groups of economists and scientists to greatly change the economy and work environment.
Only time will tell whether the optimistic vision for the world in 2025 will come to fruition. Skeptics have pointed out that the study does not take into account the factor of business halting innovation out of worry for profit loss.
By Andres Loubriel