If you are interested in Futurism (and of course you are) remember this name, Marcel Bullinga. Already a well-known speaker and futurist in his native country of the Netherlands, Marcel is about to make a splash here in The US with the release of his book, Welcome to The Future Cloud
So, what are you doing in the summer of 2025? Imagine. You live in The Cloud. A world with no paper and no oil. Every office, school and factory has turned into a gaming zone. We have sex at a distance. Cars and houses have turned into robots and social robots have conquered the streets, doing the dirty jobs. All of this has reduced traffic jams and caused an economic boom. No more crisis.
In this interactive article you’ll find 5 public bets about the future by Futurist & Keynote Speaker Marcel Bullinga. Follow him on Twitter @futurecheck, Place a Bet or Read the Book, Welcome to the Future Cloud
The Cloud is the new face of the 21st Century. The Global Brain. The next wave of innovation. The world of our children. Fun, fast, fascinating. The Cloud is the hyper realistic mix of real life and virtual life. Alice in Wonderland, but this time for real.
The Cloud tackles most of the current crises. Upcoming raw materials shortage: we create super materials out of mud. Energy crisis? We harvest local sources like earth heat, and tap the energy we create ourselves by walking around. We harvest every spot of sun. Financial crisis? We create new local currencies.
Do It Yourself is the motto of the Cloud. You produce your own energy and print products at home. You manage your finances and you keep your secrets in your own personal dashboard. No more Wikileaks. You check everything on the spot with your wizard mobile. You are in control.
Five Bets about the Future. Vote Now!
What are the consequences of the Cloud for ordinary people like you and me? What are the seeds of the future? Here are my bets.
Bet #1: Last newspaper & book printed in 2020
Screens have replaced all current paper media and digital information carriers like DVD and CD. Paper has disappeared completely in the 3D mobile media cloud. We will still listen to music but without owning music CD’s. We will rent information, not own it. Newspapers & magazines are available on screen only. Publishers of books have turned to E-books completely. Libraries and bookshops have turned bookless!
Bet #2: Social Robots Solve the Labour Shortage in West Europe and Japan
Social robots, 3-D product-printers and smart software have taken over the dirty and boring tasks. Robots are our new colleagues. Directing robots is much easier than directing people!!
Bet #3 Seniors, Children & The Disabled are the Winners of the Digital Revolution
Whereas nowadays vulnerable groups have problems leading an independent life. The future is different. The EyeWriter will enable handicapped people to communicate. In the future every factory, house & office will become a games room. Your body is the key to the Cloud. There is less difference between what is real and unreal.
Bet #4: An Inexpensive, Green and Intelligent Car is for Sale in 2025
Prices of oil and raw materials go up & down like crazy these days causing mass anxiety but in the future new materials have been created from scratch out of local materials like sand and water. This ends our dependency on oil for fuel and plastic. Local energy sources reduce the battle for scarce resources and the potential for war. The disappearance of paper greatly reduces the need for mobility and transport.
Bet # 5: Your Mobile Phone is the Remote Control of Your Life
Your mobile phone is quickly becoming the modern Swiss knife, but even better! It is your own personal body guard. It has an embedded traffic light, it can warn you if the cucumber you’re about to eat has E.coli and let you know if your doctor is on a surgery blacklist. This prevents sickness, averts many deaths and millions of dollars-worth of economic damage.
Place Your Bets!