Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Predictions for the Millennial Generation

Space...the final frontier.

I haven't written an article in list form in a while, so here it goes. Forgive me if it's boring or hard to read; I tried!. Each bullet point represents an individual prediction:

  • Cable Television will die out. My generation is already transitioning to Netflix and other online media sources. There's no way standard cable TV as we know it survives the cut. It costs too damn much and you don't watch ninety percent of the channels.

  • Unless the Republicans remake themselves, we'll be voting in a long line of Democratic Presidents based solely on social issues.

  • Years of being told that every other country under the sun outpaces us in terms of education/economic output will make us hyper-competitive, ushering in a new Golden Age for the United States (I'm hopeful). 

  • Our generation will give up our privacy for the sake of perceived boosts to security, as well as easier integration into whatever replaces the internet. 

  • Airplanes will be replaced by more cost efficient methods of travel, like automated cars and hyper-fast trains.

  • Contrary to popular belief, paper books will survive. 

  • Growing up during a recession will make us more frugal than our forebears. 

  • We'll be the first generation who willingly votes for more education funding, after living through that whole tuition rate mess (gosh darned baby boomers). 

  • Increased global connectivity will force us to find common ground with others, reducing the popularity of extreme political points of view (i.e. the Tea Party).

  • Our generation, thanks to our elders pushing us towards the sciences during college, will produce a surplus of doctors, chemists, and engineers, and a dearth of writers, journalists, authors, researchers, historians, and teachers.

  • Growing up under the War in Iraq will make us averse to martial conflict. It's unlikely we'll provoke anything. Look to Russia or China for that. 

  • We'll have far more in common with Europeans similar to us in age than our parents did. 

  • We'll work more hours than our parents, and for several more years, though it will be less structured and more related to our actual interests as computers take over the more mundane jobs previously available. 

  • The first human space colonies will be inhabited primarily by my generation. 

  • By the time we're retiring, we'll have discovered some form of space travel that will allow us to reach the nearest stars.

  • Someone in my generation will reach 130 years old. 

  • It's possible that there will be Millennials alive several hundred years from now, assuming we develop a form of propulsion that allows for near-lightspeed travel (even 10% of lightspeed would do the trick). Time flows slower in a rapidly moving vessel in relation to what is happening here on Earth; think Planet of the Apes.

  • Every disease afflicting us today will have a cure, though super-bugs will pop up more frequently.

  • People will get their news when they want it online or elsewhere. Channels like Fox News and CNN will die within the next thirty years.

  • Videogames as we know them will cease to exist as graphics become photo-realistic and development costs skyrocket. Instead, companies like EA will consolidate their efforts and invest into making gigantic simulation-esque games (think The Matrix) that can be created once and improved over time, and can be interacted with using virtual reality equipment.

  • PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and consoles will all converge into a single streamlined product sometime around 2030.

  • Advertising will become less like what you see on Mad Men and more about the user's individualized preferences, which all companies will know and be able to target.

  • Years of being pestered by fear-mongering politicians and nerve wracking documentaries will make us incredibly on-the-ball in regard to addressing stuff like climate change and energy efficiency and zombie apocalypses. Despite all the hype, we won't see any potential world-ending calamities during our tenure on Earth.

  • Near the ends of our lives we'll begin to see proposals for the creation of a global government, though they'll get shot down initially.

  • We'll be too optimistic, and that will (quite possibly) lead to problems. If this list is any indication, we Millennials are just a bit naive when it comes to believing in the future of humanity.

That's all for now, I don't know if you'll find any of these interesting. Hopefully you will, for my sake! Chances are I'll add to this list latter if I think of something amazing. 

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Nicholas Garcia (M.A.) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Co-Founder of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Previously, he contributed to Lifehack.org and the Davis Humanities Institute.