Guest columnist Richard Foderaro is a lifelong resident of Greater Cleveland. He presently lives with his family in Parma. His work has appeared previously on cleveland.com and in the Sun newspapers.
So here we are in the year 2020. A brand-new decade. How do you like it so far? I remember just a few years ago, if 2020 was mentioned it seemed like the far-distant future. But here we are. Time sort of sneaks up on you without your noticing it. Like growing hair.
From day to day, it doesn’t seem like much changes. But when we check things over after a period of time, there are more changes than we realize. Let’s take a look at the recent past. Let’s look at 2010. Only 10 years ago.
You might have started your day in 2010 as many people did: You went to your front porch and got your copy of the daily newspaper. What did you read about? Obama was the president. LeBron James made his “decision” and left town, and the Browns had a very bad season. (I guess some things don’t change.)
After reading the paper, you jumped into your new Pontiac and drove to the mall to shop at Sears. After that, you had to drop off some DVD movies at Blockbuster. Before going home, you made a call on your BlackBerry. You loved using it. Something called the iPhone had been introduced a couple of years earlier. But that wasn’t for you.
Today, they don’t make Pontiacs anymore, Sears is on life support, and Blockbuster and DVDs are dead.
With the perspective of time, changes can be shocking if taken collectively.
So now let’s take a look the other way — into the future. What will life be like in 2030? Just 10 years from now. Let me state that I am not a futurist making wild predictions — I think some of the following possibilities are a good bet to happen.
First, I think it’s safe to say you won’t start your day in 2030 by reading your home-delivered newspaper. You might catch up on the news in your car as it is driving you to work. Today in the news there are more exciting announcements about growing food from the Mars habitat. You are being driven by Alexa, or another AI device, that controls your electric car. You love the “robot-driven” cars. No more stress. They may not be in the majority yet. But electric cars have now been popular for years.
Your car is dropping you off at the local Hyperloop station. You will be traveling to Chicago in the Hyperloop tube and be in Chicago in about 40 minutes. You’re going for lunch and will be back in Cleveland later in the afternoon.
But all is not roses in 2030 for you. Your doctor tells you need a kidney transplant. So the doctor orders you a new kidney that will be 3D bio-printed out of human tissue. You will be as good as new in a couple of weeks.
Everything I have just mentioned is as current as today’s headlines. In 10 years, it can all be very real. If you don’t believe me, you should talk to my new neighbor. His name is George Jetson.
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