Tableau du 21e siècle

Dates 1900-1940 1940-1980 1980-2020 2020-2060 2060-2100
Number From 1.6 to 2.4 Billion people From 2.4 to 5.0 Billion people From 5.0 to 8.0 Billion people From 8.0 to 8.5 Billion people From 8.5 to 7.0 Billion people
General Context The Production Society The Consumption Society The Show business Society The Education Society The Creation Society
Population European domination over a colonized world Growth in the “South”, slowing down in the “North” South North migrations, rise of ex-colonies, contraception spreads into the “South” Systematic birth control, inversion of the pyramids Global reduction, ageing, genetic reproduction choices
Health Beginnings of mass vaccination Antibiotics, infant mortality reduction in poor countries Molecular illnesses : Cancer, Cardio-vascular, AIDS Self medication and prevention mental illnesses Biotechnology : biocompatible organs. Artificial reincarnation
Urbanization Network of great cities of rich countries Urban growth around large manpower industries Megapoles. Half of Humanity is urbanized, slums Relocation starts : medium-sized towns, technopolis, ocean cities Nomadism ; Challenge settlements, “Green” towns, “Biospheres”
Transports Railways, Waterways Automobile, Plane High speed train (TGV), metro, Yachting, start up of hybrid car Mobile Housing moved by airships, autonomous delocalized work Tourism in artificial planets. Explorations out of the solar system
Environment, Agriculture Traditional local markets Industrialization, overproduction in rich countries Beginning of reforestation, quality diversification, small products from farms Reconquest of the land, Tourism developments World ecology police Planetary garden, including oceans
Commerce, Industry Taylorism, small retail trade Labour intensive industries, relocation, automation Service economy, Small high tech firms, super stores Cultural, educational industries, design, teleshopping Expansion of bio-industries, artificial living bodies
Energy, raw Materials Coal, Iron mines Petrol, electrification of rich countries Energy conservation, Hydrogen start up World wide electrification, diversity of sources, solar energy Exploitation of the Moon and asteroïds for raw materials from & for space
Communication Popular radio, telephone restricted to notables Worldwide television, professional telephone Fax, global use of portable phone, laser memory, videophone start up Global data bases : technology, tourism, education. Portable multimedia Artificial telepathy, concretization of dreams, communication therapy
Finance Gold Standard, 1929 Crisis Dollar standard, merging of banks Tripolar system, Dollar, Yen, Euro interconnexion World currency, Ethno-banking (Grameen type) “Hanseatic” system, wide-spread private currencies
Conflicts Two World wars between Nation- States, Air forces and Tanks Cold War between two “blocks”, Nuclear deterrence Tribal and religious conflicts, terrorism and mediatization, rise of influence of mafias Fights of influence over the control of psyches, computer viruses Conflicts concerning oblivion management, semi alive sofware battles
Education Basic state education : Europe, USA, Japan Development of universities, institutionalization of research Disarray and competition between medias, lack of practical knowledge Vigourous reassertion of control, secondary education for all. Reign of virtual universes Personal development through “edutainment”, ethics and mastership of survival technologies
Spirituality & religions Christianity of colonizers Scientism dominates, rise of Islam Fundamentalism versus New spirituality Cognitive Sciences : rationalization of the irrational Three ways of knowledge : Rationality, Transe, Creativity
Culture Globalization of European culture Popular music, English language dominates Resurgence of local cultures, popular video, electronic games Standardized trans cultural translation Artistic creation through virtual life

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