A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW
Well, that would be 2117. And if science would favor me to have a longer lifespan, I would be 163 by then. Of course, that is pure speculation. With so many dangers, threats and viruses that dominate the landscape of our environment, it would only be pure luck to have long life. Besides, there is no record in humanity that broke the record of that man, Jeanne Louise Calment from France who passed away at the age of 122 years and 164 days. That was the longest according to Guinness. Man’s lifespan averages 75 for men, 85 for women according to World Population Data. I would be happy to reach 90, that is if I still could properly determine my surroundings.
A hundred years from now however is only a short stretch unlike before. Time before was almost infinitesimal. Communication was barely nature based. Science was fledging behind religion and knowledge restricted only among the so called infidels. But now, man can easily determine time zones and could exactly compute and define with accuracy any period even in a thousand years. There is even an app to check how one would look like a century hence! One can send a message instantly from across the globe without spending a cent.
There is more excitement, more adventure, and more interesting things to do at this time. One can even predict the kind of technology man would possess in the future. The intensity of happiness and force of satisfaction is greater than those 100 years ago. Technology gave man the edge and the advantage to achieve a full life. Everything can be defined using virtual reality, as if there is nothing in restricted reality that cannot be attained.
Research is several folds an exercise where fun meets pleasures, where knowledge is at a click of a mouse and generating it is twice the speed of sound. The search for knowledge induces the seeker to gain more insights. Man becomes analytical and his evolution into a nerd is just a few advanced features in that gadget he is using. Modern man is exactly what he would be a hundred years from now. Even those we derisively refer to as tribal folks would project the same posture as our ordinary cellphone bearer today.
Relationships from personal to marital, from organizational to social would experience a break through as a result of technology. That piece of creativity pursued by Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in the 1990s has brought man’s penultimate future at his doorstep. From what they have started, universe has shrunk and man’s lifespan becomes unpredictable. At best, man’s consciousness has almost transgressed eternity.
In the museum of the past, a century from now, not only bones or fossils or great works of art or earthshaking inventions will be featured but profiles also of ordinary run of men, yes, including us and our loved ones. That is right. Our names, our expressions, even transgressions, will be preserved whether we like it or not. We are not only a part of history when the future arrives but a constant reference of its denizens.
That is what makes the future, the next hundred years an exciting period in the life of living things.