Dr. Mitchell D. Erickson, Science Advisor to the U. S Department of Homeland Security, will speak to the Summit Old Guard at its Tuesday, February 21st Meeting. He will talk about “The Long View: Technological Opportunities and Threats in Our Future.
Predicting threats to the future is an awesome task. Who better than Mitch Erickson, with his extensive experience with the US Department of Homeland Security, to make such a prediction?
Globally, one might expect population growth, food and water to top the list of threats; the UN would add jobs, climate change, inclusive growth (not just the top one percent), improvements in the financial system (banks), internet services, privacy, gender equality, and global trade and investment. Nearly 500 million new jobs need to be created by 2020.
We already see the impact of climate change in weather events; droughts and storms are more frequent and intense. The Paris agreement sets a global commitment to strive for a global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Wealthier countries are committed to provide funding for poorer countries.
By 2025, 10% of people are expected to be wearing clothes connected to the internet and the first implantable mobile phone is expected to be sold.
Regarding health care, world population will rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 with 2 billion aged over 60. The challenge is finding the funds to support needed services.
Other sources see inter-state conflict (Ukraine, Crimea), state collapse (ISIL, Syria), artificial intelligence(Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Elon Musk) and nanotechnology (cheap weapons) as undermining world order.
The US must raise infrastructure spending by one percentage point of GDP to meet future needs. Underneath it all, technology is changing the platform for everything. Good luck, Mitch! I hope you can find a way through these challenging problems!
All age 50-plus active men are invited to attend the Tuesday morning meetings of the Summit Area Old Guard. Meetings are held at the New Providence Municipal Center, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence. A coffee hour starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10:00 a.m. business meeting brightened by singing and humor. The speaker begins at 10:30 a.m.
Old Guard members participate in sports, bridge, hikes, trips, plays, concerts and other cultural events. Call Jim Hewitt at 908-233-5507 for more information. Or log onto the website www.summitoldguard.org.