One Century from Now

BBC News asked readers for their predictions of life in 100 years time. Futurists Ian Pearson and Patrick Tucker comment.

What are your predictions? How will we heat and cool our homes? Will we be using computers?

  1. Oceans will be extensively farmed and not just for fish.
  2. We will have the ability to communicate through thought transmission.
  3. Thanks to DNA and robotic engineering, we will have created incredibly intelligent humans who are immortal.
  4. We will be able to control the weather.
  5. Antarctica will be “open for business.”
  6. One single worldwide currency.
  7. We will all be wired to computers to make our brains work faster .
  8. Nanorobots will flow around our body fixing cells, and will be able to record our memories.
  9. We will have sussed nuclear fusion.
  10. There will only be three languages in the world — English, Spanish and Mandarin.
  11. Eighty per cent of the world will have gay marriage.
  12. California will lead the break-up of the US.
  13. Space elevators will make space travel cheap and easy.
  14. Women will be routinely impregnated by artificial insemination rather than by a man.
  15. There will be museums for almost every aspect of nature, as so much of the world’s natural habitat will have been destroyed .
  16. Deserts will become tropical forests.
  17. Marriage will be replaced by an annual contract.
  18. Sovereign nation states will cease to exist and there will be one world government.
  19. War by the West will be fought totally be remote control.
  20. Britain will have had a revolution.

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  • JohnM

    Will we……in a hundred years? Well, WE won’t 🙂

  • DRT

    Just one word, Soylent Green.

  • MatthewS

    we will be complaining that we can farm the ocean for food but still can’t cure the common cold…

  • Wars will be fought with sticks and stones

  • Richo

    Someone obviously forgot to read Eric Kaufmann’s “Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?”. I suspect many of the sociological changes predicted (i.e widespread contract/gay marriage) might happen in the short-term in the West but then be reversed due to significantly higher birthrates amongst the devout and thru migration.

  • Hector

    For the mst part, sounds terrible.

  • DRT

    Newt will be known as the greatest American President 🙂

  • Cal

    It would be a terrible and sad word, if the Holy Spirit is with the Church, there will always be a faithful remnant. So in that there’s hope.

    On the otherhand, DRT is right about Newt and it will be a sad day!

  • TSG

    “Everybody’s so wrong that I know it’s gonna work out right”

    Graham Parsons song for “One Hundred Years From Now” on the The Byrds album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”

  • Norman

    I gave up on futuristic predictions in 2001 when nothing like the movie seemed any more likely in 2101. Hillarious list though from a cynical perception. 😉

  • The french will kill whoever wrote this list…

  • Robert

    Or maybe we’ll go on sticking our heads in the sand and denying climate change until the systems which support our cities collapse about our ears. Life in 100 years will then be poor, nasty, brutish and short for most, doubless with the 0.0001% enjoying many of the blessings you predict.

  • And STILL no hovercars!

  • mamalydia

    Very tragic if that were to happen! Maybe if we could atleast take pictures with a blink of an eye!
    I was hoping something more like: people will be living more in a group style, have stoped poluting, stoped using electricity, started growing land and living from it. Have come closer to nature, be a bit poorer but smarter and have figured they don’t need more to be happy!
    Hope I’m right although your list is more possible! I won’t be here to see it, nor will my young kids, but apparently my grand children (if my kids someday have children) will be living, so fingers crossed! Greedings from Greece!