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Posted on April 23rd, 2014, by

This paper is meant to speculate on the issue of future. I will discuss the possible optimistic and pessimistic variants of future and the things it holds for all people. We are at a dangerous split in history where lots of the choices we are making today and in the coming years will decide whether we are headed towards the dystopia or utopia. It is not any solitary option that matters but rather the snowballing impact and how these options interact with one another.

Here is how some scientists imagine the possible extreme future states of the globe:

Utopia: clear data sharing; international collaboration; Renaissance of all arts; reputation more significant than cash; sharing of all necessary resources; democratic networks substituting the autocratic hierarchies (Wilhelm, 2000).

Dystopia: extensive usage of ciphered message; all-encompassing distrust and secrecy; fractured and isolated networks; data and intellectual property utilized for control and power or even war, dictatorships and rule by the special interests (Wilhelm, 2000).

Yes, these are caricatures of the future and quite extreme depictions. But I am trying to say that lots of small choices will matter. And these choices have to be maid not just by politicians and officials but also by all people, for instance by me – a business major, who have worked as a manager in the steel industry for twenty years. For example, do we purchase general purpose computers or locked down devices? Do we care merely about financial returns or also about growing communities? Do we care about our environment and the perfect place to live for our children? Every human being will be presented with lots of these seemingly tiny choices.  What we decide to do will establish the future we all and our children live in. The more we hold the utopian image, the better are our opportunities of actually getting there.

In the field of futures researches, expectations on what the future century holds for people range anywhere from the fantastical to the absolute depressing. Some would assert having an unenthusiastic viewpoint on the recent future hinders the science of progressing towards a much better future. Others challenge that expecting the unbelievable will lead to permanent technological errors (Wilhelm, 2000).

Utopians might claim if you see the future as doomed, then each decision will be impacted by that negative viewpoint. On the other side, having a constructive viewpoint on the future also heavily influences the choices. The most likely possibility is that the future will be an average of everybody’s combined opinions. In the finale there is one conclusion in order to properly consider the future, one should have the equilibrium of the utopian view and a dystopian vision to get the finest image.

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