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Report predicts IT in 2030: A world of cyborgs with Asia as top power

colinneagle (2544914) writes | about a year and a half ago

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colinneagle (2544914) writes "Yesterday the National Intelligence Council (NIC), which is made up of 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies, released the 140-page report Global Trends 2030 (GT2030) Alternate Worlds. In all four of the alternative visions of the future, U.S. influence declines and it may be regarded more as a "first among equals." By 2030, the West will be in decline and Asia will wield more overall global power than the U.S. and Europe combined. "China alone will probably have the largest economy, surpassing that of the United States a few years before 2030," the report states.

'Megatrends' include an overall reduction of poverty and the "growth of a global middle class." NIC also sees a potential world of scarcities as the demand for food and water increase as the world's population swells from 7.1 billion to 8.3 billion people. Advances in health technologies will help people live longer, but 60% of the world's population is expected to live in an urban environment. Technological breakthroughs will be needed to meet the world's food, water and energy demands.

"Without completely disengaging, the U.S. no longer tries to play 'global policeman' on every security threat," the report states. However, that collapse or sudden retreat of U.S. power could lead to global anarchy, according to "Potential Black Swans that would cause the greatest disruptive impact.""

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Time to start learning Chinese... (1)

supervico (1874506) | about a year and a half ago | (#42252803)

My son in college was just telling me he would like to sign up for the Chinese lessons. About 10-12 years ago, I read an article that highlighted one specific difference between China and the US: if you want to do business with the US, you must speak English... but if you need to do business with China, they'll assign you one of their business officers who is fluent in your language. That business attitude is deeply ingrained in their culture too -- I've seen restaurants in a few states where the staff speaks Spanish because their clientele is mainly composed of Hispanics/Latinos.
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