10 Predictions for Next Century
We'll probably see fewer wars but way more pollution: MIT economist
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2012 2:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – What will humans be up to in 100 years? MIT economist Daron Acemoglu delved into the patterns and trends of history to conjure up 10 predictions for our social, political, and economic status a century from now. A sampling, from Business Insider:

  • Worse global pollution: Industrialization in China will vastly increase CO2 emissions, and the only solution would be a worldwide switch to clean energy. That's a "tall order."
  • Less war: Warfare has dropped in the past 60 years, and peace could prevail if enlightenment continues to spread and international organizations like the UN maintain order.
  • Self-driving cars: Advances in technology will keep pace with this century and produce new and radical inventions, from automatic cars to improved medications.
  • Democracy will be threatened: The US is already facing a huge disparity in wealth and power, and China's "authoritarian model" is gaining popularity. The growth of individual rights could be nearing its end.
Read the other predictions here.