"Imagine visiting the Europe of 2048. The cities are strangely silent.
Desperate communities in Paris, London and Berlin struggle in the shadow
of hollowed-out buildings. The once-popular coastal resorts have also
been abandoned, as rises in sea level have taken their toll.
Heading out to rural areas, you find where the fortunate few have gone:
shining citadels, high-tech gated communities designed to protect
residents from the ravages of climate change and ongoing pandemics.
That doesn’t mean life in 2048 is always grim. The world is gearing up
for the 39th Summer Olympics, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The
greatest athletes will be attending, but also thinkers, artists and
heroes nominated from around the globe for their work fighting the
Europeans, Americans and Australians are hoping for a great medal haul,
but this year, as in most others, the country expected to dominate is
China, the world’s leader in the fight to survive climate change.
Is this the future we face? Even if it isn’t, what can imagined
scenarios like this teach us about the challenges we face in the present?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics