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2020 Visionaries In a series of essays by some of today’s brightest future thinkers, THE FUTURIST will showcase new ideas on the key issues of the next decade. CHRISTIAN ANTHONY / ISTOCKPHOTO D on’t be alarmed, but the next 10 years could be the most significant in the history of the hu- man race. The unsolved problems of the last cen- tury have grown in size and urgency. Issues such as cli- mate change, governmental fiscal imbalances, the voices offer a new approach to the problems that we’re facing today. Other voices highlight an issue or di- lemma that will grow as a major concern. All of these individuals offer solutions, and all are highly indepen- dent. demographic shift to older populations, depleting re- Why is independence important? Look closely and sources, and increasing technological complexity could you’ll see signs that a global shift is occurring. Techno- cause major disruptions in the next decade as our spe- logical breakthroughs and globalization are imbuing cies arrives at what futurist William Halal calls a “crisis ordinary people with new powers, from the street ac- of maturity.” tivist in Beijing organizing a flash demonstration on his Some of the questions we will have to address in the phone to the entrepreneur in Kenya who’s just made a next decade include: biofuel breakthrough. • How do we deliver inexpensive and reliable health History has seen the transfer of power from mobs to care to a rapidly aging population? empires and fro
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