Reporters of BBC television and radio ranked events and discoveries that are most likely to occur until the end of the XXI century according to the Internet audience.
Representatives of BBC asked its readers to predict how different human life will be in the coming years. Despite the fact that the purpose of the survey was to obtain forecasts for 2012, the audience of BBC went further and made their predictions for a hundred years. At the request of the British journalists, Oxford scientist Ian Pierce estimated probability of each of the predicted events on a scale.
1. Food reserves in the ocean (2012)
The number of people in the world is growing steadily and has exceeded the mark of 7 billion. Therefore, it raises an issue of how to feed all this population. To do this, the oceans will be a kind of “food reserves”, where fish and nutritious seaweed will be bred. Scientists are already working on cultivating of varieties of useful marine plants.
2. Weather control (2012)
In the near future we are likely to make significant progress in the control of weather. Today people are able to disperse clouds, but maybe soon technological achievements in this area will make it possible for the inhabitants of tropical countries to order snow for Christmas. However, most probably, such kind of services will be so costly that will be used only to prevent tsunamis, hurricanes and other natural disasters.