How (On) We Will Live In 2030?

This article addresses the changes that the world and society will experience in 2030 around teleworking, energy, migratory movements or sustainable development.

Jules Verne is considered one of the fathers of science fiction literature for his futuristic descriptions of inventions in new times. Those prophecies were technologically more optimistic than when we arrived at those times. It happened to him and most of us who lived in postmodern times when we make any kind of prediction. Despite this, we would like to share the following exercise of the future for the year 2030, which coincides with the year set by the UN for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Solitary telework

There are no mega-constructions imagined at the end of the 20th century. There are no magnetic levitation trains, no magnanimous towers on the horizon, there is only one of those trains under test in the south of the Iberian Peninsula and the towers are still in Hong Kong. Yes, the sky is full of drones that buzz around us. Supposedly, these flying robots produce an environmental impact for migratory birds; although they are quite useful to avoid forest fires.

In the digital and computer field, we have entered another era, most computers work in a tactile way or through voice commands and there are no longer physical keyboards. This revolution combined with other factors of economic savings has produced that the majority of the working population has a telework, and the other remaining live in the company's own facilities, combining what is called an eco-environment. Socially, it has produced that the active population is more connected to the network than ever before, but accustomed to real solitude.

80% of the vehicles are electric, and the GPS is integrated with an automatic driving, something very useful for transporters or habitual drivers. Road accidents are under historic lows and today they are seen as part of the old post-Fordist history.

Another aspect that has changed in our daily lives, since 2019, is the lack of plastics after drastically reducing their production volume. The islands of garbage pollutants in our plastic oceans are experiences of the most disastrous past. The water is no longer bottled; it is bought in cardboard cartons, in addition to other ecofriendly more durable, healthy and natural materials.
Refugee status

The refugees are now climate refugees, given that the oases in the Draa region in southern Morocco no longer exist, and there is no natural barrier to prevent the growth of the Sahara. These people do not come to Europe looking for work and prosperity for their families, but a place to survive in the bad weather in their countries of origin.

The south of Spain also begins to be a desert, so we will also have to be refugees when we are older. Human mobility has been a constant for centuries but global warming, agricultural sustainability and land degradation, together with global poverty rates and governance problems, lead to forced migration.

Energy poverty

Unemployment is in figures similar to those of 2011. Humanity is unaware of the energy we will use as primary energy, the fusion energy is still far away and the nuclear power plants are closed, while the tidal wave may be the future in the short term due to the improvement of efficiency in its electronics. Despite this unfinished energy transition, we still have political-technical debates about which will be the most sustainable and with the least environmental impact. At least the coal plants no longer exist and their imprint is post-industrial history.

Ethical change

The demographic over-aging forces people in advanced ages to spend the night in old military barracks. There are more and more, and it was already a challenge at the beginning of the 21st century. Currently, half of the NGOs in Spain are dedicated to the fight against the pandemic of their loneliness through ApS.

There are 25 armed conflicts and 8 open wars for natural resources. Radicalisms have also flourished in society, and the perception of good and evil is no longer as defined as in Kant's time. The youtuberos are the philosophers of yesteryear.

Technological advances challenge ethics and changes happen quickly. Human genetic replication is no longer prohibited to save lives, and civil marriage between more than two people is allowed in the most liberal countries in Europe. Since the fifteenth century, technology has given a boost to morality, and in these years, modifies it at times.

Social changes due to the weather

There is no longer talk of climate change; there is a debate on how to avoid the interruption of the Gulf current. The climate is increasingly unpredictable and there are no clear seasons. Climate policies currently occupy more than 50% of the social debate. Each month they meet at the UN to alleviate (not save) the situation. The society is polarized and practically every subject is a taboo in a different conversation. There are majority protests every day, but we are not able to give our opinion in a personal conversation between friends.

Technology is the driver of society's change, but also the human factor has brought the planet to a limit. There is no social change without a revolution. As Bowie would say: "We can be heroes just for one day". Hopefully that hero or heroine will be us / as to lead that peaceful revolution that will take us to 2030 with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

People, for their ability to sacrifice and resilience, with a change of mentality that provokes spaces that enhance the generational footprint that allows the transfer of knowledge and skills among people from different eras, will be the heroes. That past that was present, is now future, and we must be prepared to face it as environmentally conscious heroes. Let's take advantage of the shared talent to ensure a better life in 2030.