Ashton Deroy: Is a Business Administration and Marketing Student from Seneca College.
About this piece: It is a very bleak piece in regards to waste, the poor economic practices and pollution. I thought it was important to focus on what we are doing poorly at this time so that maybe we could work out way in to doing things better to make a future that was less bleak.
A lot of people think that one hundred and fifty years our biggest problem will be automated jobs, advanced technology. They think we will enter a new era where creativity and good self-management will rule the roost.
When I talk about 150 years from now I don’t even consider automation apart of the conversation and I don’t think we are going to see a revolution of self-managed workers!
To look at 150 years from now I will look at 6 key business environments and determine what key factors they will play in our future.
This is the big one, Technology! Do I see self-driven cars? Tubes taking us from one destination to the next?
No I see this, What is this? Ladies and gentleman that is electronic waste.
In this future we will have to re-regulate the way we consume technology. There is going to be a push for technology to commit to a 5-10 year life span guarantee. We will no longer be able to let technology obsolete in 1-3 years. Instead companies that develop tech will have to guarantee support & function for 10 years and then the companies will have to give an 60% commitment to their own E-Waste.
Do I see a new revolutionary stance on human rights? Sort of, we are going to have to start focusing on the rights with the most significance. The rights to a living wage, the rights to employment & the rights to clean air. People are asking for equality, in the future they will demand it.
In the future 3/10 people will be employed by call centers. Not as a first choice job but a fall back job in a lacking economy. Pretty much you are going to see everyone who used to work a retail store now picking up a telephone for some sort of company worldwide. The rest of people will work in food services, Infrastructure maintenance military services, health care. Non-essential services will become almost irrelevant as at this point only the wealthiest 1% people can afford high fashion, high tech and etc.
Travel will likely have tighter restrictions that make it something only the top 5% can do. The infrastructure for travel will be lacking otherwise and people will likely have to opt to walk or bike to work as public transportation systems will likely collapse under the high demand.
I predict on and off times of nuclear war, extreme terrorism and people struggling to recruit a general population with ideals of extremism and religion. In the future more people will be open to extreme ideals and religion as when society struggles religion is a trend it tends to turn to so that there are answers to the experienced atrocities.
The ideals of a democratic society will be long gone. It will be a non-transparent government. With too many communication channels they will no long be effective in communicating with the public. Democracy will continue to be participated in with lack of understanding. A lot of the laws will favor the top 1%.
Politically I think the government will have to make strategic communication plans to appeal to those in religious groups. Rather than appeal to people with ideals on how democracy should be.
There will be a few large players in jobs that deal with raw materials. Companies who handle the raw materials will likely have a larger voice in law creation, political structure and infrastructure. Then there will be too many players in service industries, food, communications and Customer service.
People will now make less than they do now. We will not divide our lack of resources well to the density of people per area. Poverty will be highly common.