AP English Composition
30 September 2009
50 Years From Now
In the future, we will be having many different changes some predictable and some a complete mystery to us. In 50 years we may have a complete breakthrough in medicine. Cancer, aids, and all forms of STD's may be cured. Some predict we will use nanotechnology to cure everything meaning we will practically live forever. Our knowledge of the brain may increase exponentially to the point where psychiatrists may be out of jobs. Nanotechnology will cure everything and make you feel younger and stronger. As Vint Cerf states, “Nanotechnology has brought a cornucopia of products and devices from artificial muscles to ocular and spinal implants" (Cerf 2). In 50 years we may possibly set up camps in Mars or people maybe taking trips to outer space for vacation. We might even discover a new life form from another planet. There are just an abundant amount of things that could possibly happen in 50 years. The possibilities are just completely endless. We may even have flying cars or completely electrical cars. Cars that could be a second home if the power in our house failed on us. There is just so much we can do in 50 years and predictions must be made. In 50 years we will have a cure for all sorts of diseases through nanotechnology or other forms of breakthrough, have the ability to go outer space without need of all the training that astronauts nowadays require, and our cars will be nothing like how they are today because within 50 years the world as we know it will be completely different.
Our country at the moment is going through a major health care reform stage. Medical bills are the number one reason for bankruptcy in America. In 50 years we may have already easily fixed this problem because we will not have medical issues like heart attacks which are the number one reason for deaths. As Louis J. Ignarro states, “We will have recognized that the great majority of people who have decided to adopt a healthy lifestyle and these people will be greatly educated" (Ignarro 21). There is a problem, however, because the less educated are also less informed and they must know of this. Louis J. Ignarro thinks, “We need to reach out and take our important message to all people, regardless of level of education or wealth (Ignarro 21). Even psychiatrists will be out of work and the main cause of this is because most diseases and injuries will be curable with ease. For example, E. Fuller Torrey says “Most cases of these diseases that we see today will, by then, be known to be caused by infectious agents combined with predisposing genes; these cases will no longer be seen, since children will be vaccinated against the infectious agents before they become exposed" (Torrey 7). We may be able cure all harmful diseases and possibly end world epidemics and plagues. We may have completely cured diseases and our life expectancy will increase. In 50 years, we might have our medical knowledge so advanced to where we know whose genes fit another genes perfectly. Maybe we are so medically advanced we are only given specific choices for breeding mates to produce near perfect humans. As Arthur Caplin thinks, “the test results were coming back soon from the National Genetics Authority about whether he could marry his girlfriend... "(Caplin 25). Our medically knowledge may jump to the point where we can pick out the genes that are best matched for a specific couple. This will cause all natural-born defects to cease from existence. This will become an added effect to our life expectancy. Our life span will increase double according to Arthur Caplin, “Simon could look forward to a minimum of 140 years of high-quality life with at least half of that spent in retirement pursuing his hobbies, time in the virtual reality pleasure center, or socially useful volunteer work" (Caplin 25). Our technology will be so advanced we will be able to select perfect gene matches to produce perfect offspring.
Within the next two decades it is predicted that we will find another planet that is similar to Earth. As John C. Mather states “We fully expect within the next two decades to find earth-like planets elsewhere in the galaxy" (Mather 226). Our knowledge of the universe will be completely different and we may have possibly found other life forms. Our population maybe so great that Earth w"ill not be able to have enough space for us. Vint Cerf's thoughts say, "The population of the planet now exceeds eleven billion, not counting scientific outposts on Titan and even a nascent colony on Mars (Cerf 1). However, we may not be able to achieve everything so easily within 50 years. For example, some countries are researching on space travel and some think it will be achieve quite easily. Some say there will be extreme difficulty to space travel, especially with humans. Also the capability to keep a long-distance communication going seems like a far-fetched dream. As Steven Beck with states , "At least one advanced society will recognize the enormous difficulty of space travel, especially with humans, and the relative ease of long-distance communication, and pursue its exploration with telescopes and remote sensors; most countries currently invest in the hope that long-distance space travel will become easy" (Beck 111). What Beck is trying to say is that space travel is nothing, but a dream and it will not be attainable within the next 50 years. Space travel is far beyond in our capabilities and it will be so for a long time. Even if we cannot attain space travel we will have been able to create flying cars. We have already been attempting to construct these flying cars for some time now. We have even successfully been able to get a car in flight for a successful 37 seconds. In the article New Flying Cars, it states " A vehicle billed as the world's first practical flying car had its Kitty Hawk moment on March 5, when it successfully maintained flight for 37 seconds" (Popular Mechanics 2009). If humans have already been able to create a car that can take flight for 37 seconds, within 50 years we will have cars flying all around the world. The future of transportation will drastically change when it comes to 2059.
In conclusion, the greatest minds of this planet are saying the possibilities of what can happen in 50 years is endless. There are just way too many theories and too many possibilities to account for. We are already underway on constructing flying cars and many of these great minds suggest our medical technology become beyond amazing. There are also thoughts that it will soon be the downfall of America. The capabilities of nanotechnology is astounding to us all and it seems like it is close for it to be reality. We will have more answers to the mysteries of space and possibly find new life forms in different planets. It seems that 50 years from now, it will be a completely different world than it is from the world we live in now and it is up to the new generation to make sure that we prosper and move forward and uphold the great responsibilities that will be bestowed upon them.
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