SnapShot: 2015

April 01 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2015   Rating: 7

If you’re interested in how a specific future year may shape up, the Future Scanner offers a wealth of information to this end. A quick search through 2015 scans revealed a plethora of information about the expected state of cancer treatment, interfaces, artificial intelligence, robotics, the environment and much more.

Take a look at the following results for a quick snapshot of 2015:

Health of the General Population: Although it has been predicted that 75% of Americans will be overweight by then, what and how we’re eating might be very different from today. Check out these winning designs from the competition “Dining in 2015” as well as the potential for elegant designer fruit that could hit grocery stores by 2015. And though the future of fruit is exciting, the future of food prices may not be so, according to this prediction that cereal prices will rise by between 10% and 20% by 2015 due to supplies not matching future demands, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.

The most exciting prediction regarding health in 2015 is the likelihood that cancer may be well on its way to being cured. According to this Future Blogger post by futuretalk “Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, then director of the National Cancer Institute outlined his goal to eliminate suffering and death from cancer by 2015.”

Gadgets and Gizmos: Lots of exciting technologies to look forward to in this year. Check out these awesome laptop prototypes as well as Nokia’s Nano-phone being developed with the 2015 goal in mind.


Technology: Not only can we expect exciting things to carry in our laptop bags, IBM Swiss scientists are also planning to create the first artifical human brain by 2015 – these are the same scientists planning to create a digital 3D replica of the brain. Nanotechnology is already beginning to take off, but by 2015 this industry has been predicted to be a $1 Trillion Industry – anyone else thinking about stock market plays?

Robotics also promises to be a booming industry by then. Marshall Brain predicts that by 2015, robots will have ubiquitously taken over tons of jobs currently done by humans, including airline pilots, grocery store clerks, and waitresses. Another occupation robots plan to take over is one with increasing more complex moral implications: war. In fact, the US Department of Defense plans to replace a third of its armed vehicles and weaponry with robots by 2015.

Environmental Damage: If the U.N. is working to save the world from environmental destruction by 2015, something must be up. Green trends are already evident as seen through their pervasiveness in markets like the car industry, residential housing and a host of alternative energy companies. One such energy company is Marine Current Turbines, which is planning to power 400,000 homes per single sea turbine by 2015.

But what if such schemes don’t work and global warming continues to cause climate change? No problem – the construction of Polar Cities is set to begin in 2012 and some are expected to be ready for occupation by 2015.

Business & Media: Due to the exponential acceleration of information, it has been predicted that if you consider the YouTube vids, IPTV, high-def images, cloud computing, and all that comes with emerging applications, online video and rich media will total a ‘zettabyte’ by 2015.

And old media? Forget it. By 2015, it is argued that participatory media (the next-gen Digg.coms, Daily Kos’, Newsvines, etc.) will have destroyed the press as we now know it, allow more people to get paid for their informational contributions, produce unprecedented breadth of content and cause a few heated media battles between entities like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and the New York Times.

Hope you enjoyed this 2015 snapshot, courtesy of our Future Scanner and the following users who scanned in or wrote all the content used in this post: wowshucks, mariposa, futuretalk, Zora Styrian, Andriod, Venessa Posavec, Fishka and Marisa Vitols.

And lastly, for the comment thread: What kind of specific predictions do YOU have for 2015?

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