What will life be in 2020: Leading Thinkers answer - Video

by Ericsson Multimedia Channel 10.04.2010

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?

Jeffrey Sachs:

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.

Don Tapscott:

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:

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.

Will Steffen:

We have come to a critical point in history. The next ten years will decide if our society can transform into a sustainable one, or if it will follow the way of the Roman and Mayan civilizations, and simply collapse. Will Steffen, Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society, is optimistic.


Ian Pearson:

Futurist Ian Pearson talks about how new technologies, such as devices that talk to each other, artificial intelligence that tells us what to do and high-speed connections available in any place at any time, will make our lives easier in 2020. But as we solve old problems, we create new ones.

Adrian Bowyer:

What if you could download physical objects? Now you can. The Rep Rap machine is a 3D printer that can create a wide range of things, perhaps most remarkably, another Rep Rap machine. The inventor, Adrian Bowyer, believes that 3D printing can revolutionize the manufacturing industry.

Carlota Perez:

By 2020, our world could be in the middle of a sustainable golden age, but it depends on how we handle the current recession. Carlota Perez, professor of technology and socio-economic development at the Technological University of Tallinn, explains how the global economy depends on technological advances.


Johan Bergendahl:

A big responsibility lays in the hands of telecom companies. Johan Bergendahl, chief marketing officer at Ericsson, says the industry has to take a bigger role in driving the future. Without connectivity, the world would stop.


Hans Rosling:

The advantage of western countries is declining. Soon Asia will dominate the world economy. Professor of International Health Hans Rosling at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm crushes the misconception that there are two kinds of countries rich and poor.

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