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Scenarios daily life 2050

Even an elderly woman in her mid-90s will be able to use technology, appreciate technology, still work using technology, and communicate using technology. She could have a conversation and be in close communication with a young researcher, yet they would not necessarily know each others' ages or backgrounds. Some technologies might help to enhance her way of life, her physical and psychological capacities, and her behaviour. She might benefit from smart prostheses; "smart eyeballs" that are "better than the originals" either because she wants to or because she can do. With her smart clothes and smart shoes, the focus of eHealth may be on her "keeping moving", generating energy that in turn helps the sustainability of society.

War/the military may be a main driver for the development of technology (as it has been so often in history). We can see that some enhancements or prostheses (smart prostheses and "smart eyeballs") are emerging, particularly out of the military field. Offshoots of such militaristic development could be technologies used for gaming, gambling, and sex. It may mean that we are to face the "threat of war".

More positively, we can imagine that the main driver is our struggle for a greener society, green consumption and the development of smart cities. The challenge may be to "save our world" or to respond to various natural catastrophes. We may need to think very hard about our global energy needs.

Among the economic trends underpinning this vision are new forms of working. We may not work in one place or have a single job. We may be in many places and just meet each other "on the move", "in the ether". We may succeed in achieving a better work/life balance (just like the hopes of the 1970s). Behaviourally, there may be new "etiquette" with regard to use of technology – we may be able to switch the technology off!

… and in 2050…

Life will be digitalised

We will be globalised, move around the world, no longer linked to one place

Artificial limbs, eyes, ears, parts of the brain...

We will all be producers of energy

We will constantly check facts and sense tensions

Behaviour will be predictable

The concept of privacy will be different, also of values

Convergence towards homogeneity

There will be a diversity of stimuli


Maybe individual empowerment will lead to many "long tails", with individual uses of technology.

We will need to consider and think deeply about whether human beings will remain the same, and whether human needs will remain the same. We will still want to have options, openings, and choices. Having a charter about technology developments may help us with these dilemmas.

What are the challenges we can anticipate if human reproduction is extended ... if the population expands and expands?
Will we still have the freedom to revolt?
Can we still seek for liberty? And to be "non-controlled"?
Could there be a better work-life balance than exists today?
How technology will interfere with the human body both on behaviour as on the functioning of the body?
Ethical standards: will we be humans or cyborgs?


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