Will it be flying cars or extensive underground tunnels? This article will discuss neither sci-fi nor Mad Max dystopia. Prepare for powerful propositions about the people, places, and predilections of the near-future.
Culture >> What Will 2030 Look Like?
If you sat a million people in a room and asked each one what superpower they would pick, you would find that strangely enough, all of the entrepreneurs, investors, and racetrack gamblers would ask for the same exact thing: Knowing what will happen next.
Location: a college party in 2030
About 30 college kids sit in a living room lit by a skating tricks compilation on YouTube while listening to Baby Yankee, the latest reggaeton sensation who made his name by parodying the classic songs of Daddy Yankee.
2 of them are on coke, 4 are soberish, 16 are tipsy or drunk, and 20 of them are smoking weed.
Millennials and Gen Zs have the highest IQs in history, according to James Flynn, the psychologist who popularized the “Flynn Effect,” which is the theory that states that competing forces influence our intellect throughout our life.
Basically, the explanation for this phenomenon is that people have never been better fed or had easier access to high-quality education. The main source of education for millions of kids around the world is and wil continue to be the internet. The outcome of a new kind of home-education is already expressing itself in interesting and unexpected ways.
The following are three odd things you might notice at a college party in 2030:
parties from The Future will be smaller
The reason is that Gen Zs (born after millennials) have a lot of alternatives to what we consider a conventional party. These include gaming, obviously, but they also include hanging out at a legal weed or kava bar.
parties from The Future will be healthier
The explanation for this is simple. There has never been a good reason not to, aside from your friends calling you names. Teens today are acutely aware that drinking a gallon of sweet sweet H2O a day will elevate your mood, sharpen your mind, fix bad breath, cure headaches, and keep your lips from chafing when you go in for the kiss.
parties from The Future will have famous people
Having a well-known personal brand has become so valuable that we have made up a job title for this kind of casual fame. The college party of 2030 will feature A LOT of wannabe influencers.
Location: a Manhattan kitchen in 2030:
The cabinet is filled with exotic powders and shorteners. The shelves are lined with cookbooks that name recipes from intriguing countries like Peru, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.
The kitchen of 2030 will be stocked by health-conscious people who weigh nutrition over taste. Luckily, there are a lot of interesting options.
Telltale signs of this phenomenon has can be observed by the proliferation of publicly traded nutritional supplement companies that sell no actual food such as Herbalife, Cyanotech, and Natural Alternatives International.
the kitchen from The Future will be more green
The overarching shift will be in the tastiness and market reach of already healthy food “genres” like tea, kombucha, yogurt, and nut butters. It is no coincidence that Impossible Food, a company that researches and manufactures meat substitutes, came out as one of the top brands of CES 2020.
In 2030, not only will the individual be well-informed about the kinds of inputs the human body needs, but of equal importance, their peers will also be well-informed. This will lead to consumers dedicating their basket toward whatever is perceived as optimally healthy with a few exceptions for pleasure, rather than the other way around.
Many people will opt to work from home. In 2012, 39% of Americans worked from home. In 2019, that percentage was up to 43% with no indications of slowing. Human resources in 2030 will be under pressure to create a business culture for their CEO in a world where more than half of the employees are names on the screen. There are many opportunities here for AR and VR companies to develop niches.
Once 5G arrives though, nothing will be the same. This amplified internet has the potential to sweep office culture out the front door. In 2030, your boss could easily be the hologram of a guy in China.
Although offices may change, they will not disappear. Definitely not by 2030, in any case. Co-working spaces with social agendas and open floor plans market themselves as an alternative to cubicles. WeWork itself may not be profitable, but the companies that create products for co-working spaces are to the third industrial revolution what shovel salesmen were to the 1848 California Gold Rush.
The following are products that have been positioned as staples of the co-working ecosystem.
the office of The Future is communal
The cubicle model was created for cramped cities that don’t give a fig about their inhabitants. That mentality is long-gone by 2030. Co-working spaces have been on the rise for a decade now and a new culture has risen with it.
the office from The Future will have drinks on tap
The patrons of co-working spaces are often millennials with a concern for nutrition. In the office, this translates to the omnipresent barrel of kombucha and the accompanying keg of craft beer. As the popularity of this style of management spreads, there will be other options such as CBD, matcha, and kratom.
the office of the future has a retro pinball machine
Just because the party of 2030 has less people than you might expect does not mean folks in the future don’t know how to have fun.