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A Hundred Years From Now Essay

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Will robots be commonly used as servants in 2112?

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In 1911, Ladies Home Journal asked leading experts how the world would change over the next 100 years. Some of their forecasts were surprisingly accurate, others not. Below, you'll find samples of what they said, and forecasts about the next 100 years from three prominent San Diego scientists. We'd also like to hear your predictions. Email them to

Predictions made in 1911

  1. Americans will be one to two inches taller. The increase in stature will result from better health due to vast reforms in medicine, sanitation, food and athletics. (The average height of an American man in 1910 was 5 feet 7 inches. Now, it is 5 feet 9½ inches.)
  2. There will be no C, X or Q in the every day alphabet because they’ll be unnecessary. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas.
  3. There will be no street cars in our large cities. All “hurry” traffic will be below or high above ground. Cities will be free from all noises.
  4. Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago.
  5. There will be no wild animals except in menageries. Rats and mice will have been exterminated. The horse will have become practically extinct.
  6. Mexico and Nicaragua will apply for admission to become part of the United States.
  7. Hot and cold air will be turned on from spigots to regulate the temperature of a house.
  8. Fast electric ships moving at more than a mile a minute will go from New York to Liverpool in two days. The ships will be supported upon runners, somewhat like those on a sleigh.
  9. Pneumatic tubes, instead of store wagons, will deliver goods purchased from stores.
  10. Ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishments similar to the bakeries of today. Such wholesale cookery will be done in electric laboratories rather than in kitchens.

Predictions for 2112

We will all be cyborgs, with embedded and wearable biosensors that track physiologic metrics that are guided by one’s genes and environment. In such a way, major diseases of today like heart attacks, diabetes and cancer will largely be preventable. Hospitals will only exist for intensive care units and to house operating and special procedure rooms. Office visits to see the doctor will be rare; instead electronic “house calls” will be routine. ... The average human life span will be 95 years, and it will not be unusual for people to live to 120.

Scripps Health

Eric Topol

Eric Topol (Scripps Health)


chief academic officer, Scripps Health

Science and technology will develop new ways of travel such that we can traverse long distances at fast rates without the need of large vehicles such as airplanes or cars. We will be able to communicate with each other by brain waves without seeing, hearing, or speaking, but this would mean decreases in direct human contact the way we enjoy in life.

UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering

Shu Chien

Shu Chien (UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering)


bioengineer and winner of National Medal of Science, UC San Diego

For all you “Star Trek” fans, Dr. McCoy’s Tricorder will become a reality. And, one its most important uses will be in the non-invasive early detection of cancer — literally occurring during your sleep, without your having to go to the doctor! This miracle will be accomplished through the combination of an implantable microcircuit and a wireless transmitter you can wear on your wrist, or around your neck. The implanted sensor will detect molecules circulating in your blood that will reveal when cancers arise, and it will be able to distinguish between those that could be life-threatening, and those that are benign.

Salk Institute

Geoff Wahl

Geoff Wahl (Salk Institute)


geneticist, Salk Institute

What’s your prediction?

We’d like to know what changes you foresee in science, technology, medicine and society over the next 100 years. Some of predictions will be used in an upcoming story.

Email your predictions to: Include your full name and the city you live in.

Over the next century, the world will see changes we can't even imagine. Advances in technology, shifts in demographics, and developments in global politics will all play a part in dramatically transforming our future. But this book is not about predicting the future-it's about understanding the principles that will shape it. Scores of youth-oriented church-planting movements have come and gone quickly over the last century, many of them with the potential to literally change the world for Christ. Unfortunately, most didn't survive because they were unable to maintain what made them so effective in their first twenty years.The same mission, values, and culture that inspire movements must also sustain them. Simple to say. Not so easy to do. 100 Years From Now explores the importance of understanding mission, values, and culture in order to grow and sustain a movement for generations."100 Years from Now invites a truly global conversation on what the Spirit is saying to the churches about God's mission for every nation." -Dr. Timoteo Gener, President and Professor of Theology, Asian Theological Seminary

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Steve Murrell (Author)

Steve Murrell is the founding pastor of Victory in Manila, Philippines, a director of the Real Life Foundation, and the cofounder and president of Every Nation Churches & Ministries. He is the author of WikiChurch and coauthor of The Purple Book—a...

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