Other 2050 Forecasts and Projections
2045. The year when Raymond Kurzweil predicts computers will become more intelligent than humans and civilization will be irreversibly transformed. “In his book, The Singularity is Near, Raymond Kurzweil predicts exponential growth in genetics, nanotech and robotics will drive an intelligence explosion by mid-century . In that year, he estimates, given the vast increases in computing power and the vast reductions in the cost of same, the quantity of artificial intelligence created will be about a billion times the sum of all the human intelligence that exists today . . .
Kurzweil believes that we're approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. When that happens, humanity — our bodies, our minds, our civilization — will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away .” (Lev Grossman, “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal,” Time, Thursday, February 10, 2011)
View Kurzweill's TEDTalks' presentation, How Technology Will Transform Us.
2050 Food and Fisheries
2050. Projection that all fisheries will have
collapsed by 2050 if fishing continues at current rates.
“‘Seventy-five percent of fisheries are overfished,’ says marine
Sala. ‘If nothing changes, all fisheries will have collapsed by
2050.’ The solution, says Sala—a National
Geographic Society fellow—is involving all levels of society, from
consumers to policy makers. ‘The solutions exist, we just need the
political will to implement them at large scale,’ he adds.”
(National Geographic editors, “Cod
Caught in a Net, Gulf of Maine,” National
retrieved Saturday, June 12, 2010) View Enric Sala's TEDTalks' presentation on the pristine ocean that we've lost and a way to bring it back.
(4) Dr. Richard Feely quoted in Pete Spotts, Staff writer, “Global warming's evil twin threatens West Coast fishing grounds,” Christian Science Monitor,
June 14, 2012 reporting findings of Alin et al 2012, “Coastal Carbon
Synthesis for the Continental Shelf of the North American Pacific Coast
(NAPC): Preliminary Results,” OCB News - Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry News, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2012, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, pp. 1-5
(5) Dr. Peter Brewer, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute quoted in Richard Harris, “Acid In The Oceans: A Growing Threat To Sea Life,” NPR All Things Considered, August 12, 2009
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