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U.S. Independence Day 2005: What will life be like in another 229 years?

July 5, 2005
at 12:00 pm PST

On July 4th, 2005, the United States celebrates its 229th birthday. As we approach Independence Day, it made me think of what our world will be like in another 229 years.

My best guess of what the world will look like in 2234 is as good as anybody's I guess, so here goes: My top 10 things that will be different in 2234 than 2005:

1. Indepedence from oil. Cold fusion will be solved and our power needs will be forever sated. As a result, the environment will be in a much happier state.

2. Average life expentency today is around, let's say 80 years, in 2234, it will be 120.

3. That little diagnostic health device thingy that Bones uses on Star Trek. It will be for real.

4. Everybody will speak English…or Spanish…or there will be a simultaneous translating mechanism that one can fit in one's ear that will allow anyone to communicate with anyone…not as far as Dr. Doolittle, but all the human languages.

5. The basketball hoop in the NBA will be 12 feet, instead of the 10 it is today.

6. There will still be a Kennedy in the U.S. Senate and a major third political party will have emerged in the U.S. and be on par with the Democrats and Republicans.

7. The European Union will be one of the five Superpowers in the world…along with the U.S., China/India, United African States, and United South American States. Russia will have joined the EU.

8. Technology will be seamless in all that we do. Keyboards will no longer exist. Information will be instantaneously available for the asking through small devices worn on the body.

9. Killing in the name of religion will finally be recognized as counter-intuitive.

10. President of the United States: Roy Disney. Vice President: Ted Williams.

My dad is a retired American history professor and he could paint a much better picture of what 1776 was like, but I just did a little web-surfing and thought the following was worth mentioning in the “Did you know?” category: We declared Independence from Britain in 1776, but it wasn't until 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, that the U.S. formally became a free and independent nation. In 2005, we have largely declared independence from wires for broadband in the office and at home, but will it take another seven full years before we can declare a truly mobile broadband system? Let's hope not. How's that for a botched technology segue?

And, yes, they do have July 4th in England, but they don't celebrate it. Happy 4th of July, U.S.!

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