2006 State of the Future by Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon

By Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon

This "Report Card at the destiny" distills the collective intelligence of over 2,000 best scientists, futurists, students, and coverage advisors who paintings for governments, enterprises, NGOs, universities, and overseas agencies. The 2006 nation of the longer term is available in elements: a 125-page print government precis and a 5,400-page CD. The CD comprises the entire study at the back of the print variation, plus the Millennium Project’s 10 years of cumulative examine and techniques. a few targeted positive aspects now not on hand in different worldwide tests:

- 15 worldwide demanding situations – customers, recommendations, Insights
- four international strength eventualities for 2020 - wealthy intimately
- 650 Annotated state of affairs units
- country of the longer term Index
- Reflections on 10 years of worldwide Futures examine
- and masses extra futures intelligence on know-how, surroundings, governance, the human

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Better trade security will be necessary to prevent increased food/animal-borne disease. Other problems may come from synthetic bacteria from gene laboratories and unknown nano-organisms. Challenge 8 will be addressed seriously when life expectancy grows to 75 years with little disparity among and within nations, when there is effective global disease detection, when surveillance and therapy systems are in place, and when vaccines and medicines for new diseases are usually developed within one month.

19 GLOBAL CHALLENGES: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone? Over a billion people (16% of the world) are connected to the Internet. The digital gap continues to close, and VoIP is expected to account for 75% of world voice services by 2007. Many worry about drowning in endless streams of e-mails, while gigantic growth continues in multimedia storage and communications facilities will connect anyone to everything via a single affordable device.

The European implications of restructuring energy systems, transport problems, sustainable development issues, and major geopolitical shifts such as the emergence of China are stimulating global long-term thinking. International diplomats and negotiators struggle each day to reach agreements that reflect long-term and global thinking. New ideologies are likely to evolve as a result of criticism of uncurbed capitalism and various forms of authoritarian regimes. REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS LATIN AMERICA: The shift toward left-wing, more socialist politics is motivating futures thinking throughout the region.

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