The year 2050, according to scientists and Hollywood

Related to my recent post about the ten paradigm changes I believe I’ll live to see in my lifetime, I thought this story was interesting and worth sharing:

IBM recently collaborated with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts on a project to imagine what the world will be like in 2050. The idea seemed to be to allow the scientists to tap into some of the creativity of filmmakers to see what they imagine for the future, as well as give Hollywood an opportunity to hear some of the latest scientific research and thinking regarding some of these topics. I thought it was an interesting choice of groups to try and bring together. You can watch a short video at the link above, but here’s a taste of some of the stuff they talked about:

At the kick-off event, IBM researchers discussed the potential for self-healing spinal cords; embedded digital assistants that remember all you hear or say; the concept of “longevity management” for life spans that stretch past the century mark; drinkable, purified water everywhere; changes to the human genome; and many other insights into what the world might be like in the year 2050 and beyond.

In 2050, I’ll be 68 years old…I can’t wait to see what the world is like.