What will India look like in 2100?
Vision 2100 - a look into the future
What could the world look like in almost 100 years? Sure, a speculation, but let's go nuts.
The world is dominated by four powers: China, India, the USA and Europe. The EU has Switzerland, Turkey and Norway and the countries of the former Yugoslavia as new member states. Political decisions on climate, energy, economy, etc. are made in a world parliament, which is made up of the four world powers mentioned. The world parliament points the way for the EU and Germany.
The German Chancellor is the great-granddaughter of Theodor zu Guttenberg, Maria-Helene Magdalena Esmeralda Claudia Annemarie-Anastasia Viktoria Elisabeth Katja Amelie Franziska Joséphine Johanna Madelaine the third after the second by and sewn up zu Guttenberg. The great grandson of Dieter Bohlen, Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Sauerland, is Federal President.
On the downsides: Terrorism has its origins in the poor regions of the world. African terrorists keep Europe in suspense and the Middle East terrorism is still directed against the USA, but now also against India.
Of course there are wars, but they are conducted in a more subtle manner, e.g. as “economic wars” or “information wars”, in which the opponent suffers economic reprisals or becomes the victim of targeted disinformation or misinformation.
Initially, the greenhouse effect could not be stopped as planned. The desert regions in North and Central Africa and South America have expanded extremely. Most of the Africans fled to Europe and made up large parts of the Spanish, French and Italian populations. With the exception of the south, especially Cape Town, Africa is depopulated and serves as a global source of energy (see below).
South Americans fled to North America. The USA got five new states: Caribbean, New Brazil, New Venezuela, South Africa and Antarctica. Mexico was incorporated into New Mexico. Chile and the southern part of South America are desert and depopulated. The raw material sources in South America and Africa are exploited with robots. Unmanned drones fly the natural resources directly into the world's metropolises.
The ozone hole over Australia and the Australian deserts had widened. The Australian population moved to protected metropolises such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, which are protected with gigantic glass domes and artificially air-conditioned.
The mid-Atlantic ridge is shaking and the volcanoes of Iceland are showing increased, regular activity. So that they do not hinder air traffic, gigantic suction devices for smoke and dust were installed near the volcano.
Many glaciers no longer exist, and where they were, moraines dominate the monotonous landscape. It is being developed and populated. The ice reservoirs at the poles have shrunk to a minimum. The Antarctic ice sheet exposed large land masses around 2073, which are now populated with metropolises like “South Angeles”.
Using geo-engineering techniques, more sulfur compounds are brought into the atmosphere in a targeted manner, which are intended to stop the global average temperature from rising. Some special marine regions are being drained in a targeted manner in order to create new metropolises there.
Nuclear fusion energy and solar energy are the energy resources of the 22nd century. Classic nuclear power plants based on nuclear fission have all been shut down, also because the deposits of fissile uranium are as good as depleted. The few remaining oil reserves are still used industrially, but not for fuel. This also quickly solved the E10 problem: without gasoline as a raw material, there was no E10 admixture. The ITER project in southern France brought the breakthrough in fusion research, so that every country has several fusion power plants, which are mainly fed by the water of the world's oceans. Each of these modern fusion power plants develops an output of 100 gigawatts - as much as 90 classic nuclear power plants of the 20th / 21st century. Century. The energy problems of mankind have thus been solved for the time being, despite overpopulation.
Life expectancy has increased enormously and averages 110 years. The oldest person in the world is 134 years old, is in excellent health and is called Saskia Fischer, granddaughter of Johannes Heesters.
Every grandma has antlers. Defective organs are reproduced and replaced using adult stem cells. Research into and use of embryonic stem cells is permitted in China, India and the USA and is prohibited in Europe. It was impossible to agree on a globally uniform agreement, which repeatedly leads to political and economic tensions. Organ trafficking is a major problem, especially in China and India.
Most people still see their goals in life in founding a family and a monogamous partnership - however, society is not bothered by the fact that one has 3-4 such partnerships in life. The proportion of blended families has increased enormously and has quadrupled compared to 2005 - to almost 80%.
Thanks to genetic engineering, mankind has become more intelligent and the intelligence quotient is at least 130 - smaller IQs are genetically prevented. In the same way, body size, shape and appearance are genetically manipulated to an optimum. From breast implants to liposuction and botox injections to nose operations, surgical interventions are usually no longer necessary for cosmetic reasons - only in reconstructive surgery after accidents.
Medicine has become a high technology that is also extremely expensive. However, statutory and private health insurances have been standardized in Germany. Medicines are introduced subcutaneously into the body as a hypospray.
Sports, music, entertainment can be seen as the constants of human civilization because not much has changed in them. The classic sports and competitions, such as the Olympic Games and football championships, are still there. The Tour de France is doping-free, but fights with genetically modified super cyclists, the calf circumference is typically 63 cm.
In music, not much has changed in terms of what is on offer: everything is represented, from classical music to electro beats. The music industry has overcome copyright infringements in the form of piracy with pirated copies by giving each piece of music its own opto-electronic ID, which is recognized and registered - no matter where in the world the piece is played. The user has to pay a fair fee to the producer. The same applies to video material, films and film sequences.
Wikipedia contains the wealth of knowledge of mankind and can be used by everyone in the spirit of “OpenAccess”. Scientific publications are also available free of charge for everyone, because knowledge belongs to everyone in the 22nd century and, thanks to a high IQ, can also be understood by most people.
Facebook and Twitter each have eight billion users worldwide. All communication - from chatting, blogging, scheduling the next doctor's visit to applying for a job - is handled almost everything via such social networks - regardless of where the user is. The world is a village and communication is limitless thanks to an affordable flat rate for global roaming.
Youtube, Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter are strongly networked with one another. In order to prevent a media monopoly, it controls a media ministry set up by the world government and made up of representatives from all world powers. The media minister in 2100 is called Francesco Berlusconi.
Television has merged with the internet. TV programs and films are called up as desired and paid for at a monthly flat rate. The Internet connections are made via fiber optics and radio with transmission rates of up to 100 exabits per second.
However, the demands on entertainment have increased because the world population has on average become smarter. It is therefore not surprising that the big hit programs on German television have names such as “Germany’s Next Top-Denker”, “Deutschland sucht das Super-Hirni” (DSDSH) or “Schlauer sucht Frau”.
In the electronic entertainment industry, virtual realities prevail: The user penetrates a completely designed 4D world using a visor (see below) and cave, which he can see, hear in full surround sound and feel using special gloves. Game consoles such as the PS 21 and Wii 17 dominate the entertainment market. Psychologists treat computer-damaged people who make up 23% of the world's population and who have fled into virtual realities in order to lead their successful lives there with beauty, wealth and fame.
The internet dominates all areas of life. We shop and order online almost exclusively on the Internet. There are no longer any home computers, because all IT services in a German household are carried out using cloud computing. The cloud servers no longer have traditional hard drives, but crystals in which large amounts of data of up to yottabytes (= 1 trillion terabytes) can be stored. The computer power is generated with typically 100 processors with clock rates in exahertz (= 1 billion gigahertz).
The tallest building in the world “Babylonia” is 3.2 kilometers high and is located in New Delhi, which has grown into a mega-metropolis with 100 million inhabitants. Babylonia is almost four times larger than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Robotics has arrived in everyday life. There are technical helpers for every move: they help with shopping, carry heavy objects, clean the buttocks as soft as velvet and make everyday life easier for people in need of help. Of course, intelligent robots are used on a large scale in industry, where they optimize manufacturing processes and logistics. Micro and nano research were yesterday; now the pico science and pico robotics are in the foreground. Tiny opto-mechanical components are used in many places - also in medicine. However, the pico technique is not used here because it crosses the blood-brain barrier and could be dangerous to the brain. Around the year 2050 there were massive protests by Piko opponents against Piko technicians, which prompted the world parliament to pass the Brain Protection Act.
The technology hostility is so widespread that there are repeated demonstrations and disputes. The robots have a very highly developed artificial intelligence that allows them to act very autonomously - too independently, as some technology critics believe, and they fear the technological singularity.
Self-determined mobility is still very important to people. Cars will therefore still be around in 2100, but they are powered exclusively by solar energy and electrical power. There are very light and yet extremely powerful batteries that can be deformed and housed in the vehicle body. They develop outputs of up to 250 hp, but speed limits have established themselves worldwide, so that the most powerful drives do not even have to be used. Every vehicle is equipped with spacers, cruise control and braking and acceleration assistants as standard, which has reduced the number of accidents to a minimum. There is a head-up display (HUD) in the windshield of the car, which provides the driver with visual support and shows important additional information. Moving objects in the field of vision are recorded and highlighted. When driving in the dark, residual light intensifiers improve visibility. All vehicles are equipped with navigation and communication systems as standard. Passengers have access to the Internet and video-based hands-free systems at all times.
Air traffic still dominates the world because beaming wasn't invented until 2199. Flying allows the global exchange of economy and knowledge also in the year 2100.
The colonization of space is advancing. With the Chinese and Indians, the USA made the first landing on Mars in 2069 - exactly 100 years after the moon landing. The first person on Mars, the Indian Bolli Woud Shankaranayanyanyanyan, who was also gifted as a dancer, spoke the legendary words on entering the red planet: “That’s one small step for a woman, but where the f *** is the kitchen?” (somewhat loosely translated: “I'm fed up with the flight without stepping, but where is the prison?”). On Mars, however, no flag of the three world powers flutters because the violent Mars storms would have torn it away long ago, but the three powers had immortalized themselves in the Martian rock by laser.
The moon was used as an intermediate post during the Mars landing mission. The lunar landing program was resumed in 2025 in cooperation with all leading space powers and initially led to the establishment of an international moon base (International Moon Station, IMS). It was expanded and in 2050 the first city on the moon was founded: Luna City. About 350 people live on the moon, mainly technicians, scientists and engineers who pushed the Mars program forward. They also keep 33 wolves that howl with happiness all day. Components for “Mars Rendezvous 1”, a rocket for 10 Marsonauts with the “Ares” lander, were manufactured on earth and assembled on the moon. After a year of flying, the Marsonauts reached their destination. The living conditions on Mars are much better than expected. The colonization of Mars is one of the great, next goals of mankind, because the overpopulation on earth is slowly becoming cramped. NASA and ESA are planning the mission FETOM2222, “From Earth to Mars 2222”.
In addition to the aged ISS, there are five other space stations that are operated for communication and research purposes. Above all, China, India and the USA are space powers and operate space telescopes in all wavelength ranges.
As with Star Trek, everyone carries a communicator with them, but not visibly. There are subcutaneous nano transmitters and receivers that address a micro loudspeaker implant in the ear. 96% of people wear “glasses”, rather a “visor”. This multifunctional device is less of a visual aid than a device with a semi-permeable HUD, microscope / telescope function, electromagnetic broadband receiver and much more. Computers send data wirelessly to the visor so that, for example, Internet and television can be received without any problems. The visor can make the entire electromagnetic spectrum visible to the human eye. Navigation systems follow people every step of the way. Depending on the environment in which it is located, offers are transmitted wirelessly: from the shop around the corner, from friends nearby, from public institutions. Unfortunately, 13% of Visor users have a nervous wink and 66% of them have met their partner with this tic. Communication fees have been standardized worldwide and are affordable for everyone.
The world population has risen to almost 14 billion people. The supply situation is becoming difficult. The seas near the coast of some metropolises have been made habitable. It is chic to pursue cultural life in underwater locations. “Down Under” used to mean Australia and in 2100 the pub 200 meters under the sea.
Globalization has advanced further. China and India are the largest and most important economic powers in the world. Your products dominate the markets. “Neighbor dog Tandoori sweet and sour”, prepared as a dehydrated snack, is selling well.
Payment transactions are exclusively cashless, but not with cards, but biometrically with the fingerprint: “Pay with your good thumb”.
Findings in physics and astronomy
A lot has happened in 100 years, here only the absolute breakthroughs: At CERN, the LHC super particle accelerator succeeded in detecting dark matter particles in 2013. The new particle species “Squarks” has a mass of 1.2 TeV.
In 2016, the Higgs particle was also unequivocally detected using LHC data. With this the last particle of the Standard Model of particle physics has finally been discovered. In the same year, the 87-year-old Peter Higgs, the inventor of the particle, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
One of the greatest puzzles in physics, the nature of dark energy, has been solved. The cosmologists discovered in 2018 that dark energy does not even exist - it turned out to be a phantom like the world ether. The measurement results around the turn of the millennium pretended the existence of a dark energy. The accelerated expansion of the cosmos already observed in 1998 turns out to be only a local effect that does not apply to the whole universe. We observe it because we are in an excellent place with a relatively high density in the cosmos.
The first contact
In the year 2099, a highly developed, extraterrestrial life form will find the “golden record” 2.5 light days from Earth, which flew into space in 1977 with the Voyager space probe.You decipher the trivial binary code, build a record player and listen to the sounds of the earth. 2.5 days later it rains green slime on the earth ...
(Inspired by the song “Microsleep” and the line “Every grandma in Berlin has ass antlers”.)
Update 02/21/2016: The book for the blog post
Title: Time Travel and Time Machines: This morning I was still yesterday
Author: Andreas Müller
Published by Springer Spektrum, Heidelberg (2016)
Paperback with 332 pages
Chapter 4 further develops the “Vision 2100” presented here.
Astronomy is fascinating and beautiful - and important. I find this interdisciplinary science so exciting that I have made it my profession. I have a PhD in astrophysics and my research is mainly about black holes and general relativity. I am currently the Scientific Manager in the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Technical University of Munich. In this position in research management, I coordinate interdisciplinary physical research in an institute with the aim of understanding the origin and development of the universe as a whole. It has always been particularly important to me to convey astronomical knowledge to a broader public. It's just fun to share the fascination with the starry sky and the many amazing things that happen up there. That's why I write articles (print, online) and books, give public lectures, visit schools and organize teacher training courses on astronomy, cosmology and relativity. I really appreciate being able to react to current events in my blog "Einstein's Kosmos" in the KosmoLogs or simply to be able to give my opinion. Andreas Müller
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