The Future of Food

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Scientists are predicting, based on current global climate change trends, that world food production will drop 2%  in the next decade, and in each subsequent decade. And while higher temperatures may produce higher yields in some areas, the overall trend will continue downward: The warnings come in a leaked draft of a report under development by a United Nations panel, …

The Future of Earth

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The first time I heard the phrase, “Goldilocks Zone,” it made instant sense to me. A planet must orbit around a star within a narrow band that is neither too hot nor too cold, but just right to support life like that on Earth. A recent survey of the Milky Way galaxy led astronomers to estimate that there are 40 …

The Future of Parenting & Education

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It’s an almost universal human trait that we want better for our kids than we had for ourselves, and for a lot of parents over the next ten years, that will mean turning more and more to a research-based approach.

That’s not to say that there won’t be individual, or cultural, differences in parenting. There absolutely will. But there will be an increased interest in and application of what science has to say about what produces well-adjusted, happy, productive human beings.

The Future of the Music Business

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This problem will not be solved over the next ten years, but there will be a variety of stopgap solutions. The patronage model, which is how I survive at the moment, has some serious legs; both through private donations from generous friends and smaller donations through crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Music licensing, the act of placing songs in films and commercials, also has promise.

Getting Present

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Within the next ten years, we’ll likely see a balancing out of these two forces, both because of new cultural norms and because of the way we design technology. People will make the intentional choice to unplug from the screen and go out into the world without a phone, yes; but heads up displays will also superimpose relevant information about the world we’re actually in instead of the dispersed digital world that now lives on our handheld devices.