What will life be like in 2020? The telephone equipment company, Ericsson asked 20 thinkers--including professors, inventors, 'futurists,' and digital experts "What will life be like in 2020?
Ericsson explains the project:
In 2020 - Shaping Ideas, we ask 20 thinkers to share their view on the drivers of the future and how connectivity is changing the world.
They describe a future where a growing population faces never before seen challenges and opportunities; where digital natives will shape their lives and the enterprises they work for, and where technology could create a global golden age.
We believe it is important to share our knowledge about the future. If we do, the future might not be a place we are going to, but a place we create.
See ten of the interviews below, then tell us in the comments below: What do you expect to see by 2020? What do you hope to see by then?
Sachs, a professor of economics at Columbia University, is one of the world's foremost experts on poverty reduction. He explains how mobile phones are decreasing economic isolation in Africa, and why we could be halfway to achieving an important goal in 2020: the end of extreme poverty.
The smartest generation ever. That is how Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics, describes today's young people. He claims that adolescents, who have grown up with the Internet, are not only more used to handling digital technology, but their brains are actually different.
Jeffrey Cole is director of the University of Southern California Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future and one of the world's most established authorities on internet issues. He claims that in the near future, most digital content will be free. Who will pay for it? The advertisers will.