The world of Judge Dredd will soon be a reality. Scientists and futurists of the U.S. intelligence community say cyborgs, biosynthetic organs, and mega-cities will be considered normal in the year 2030.
According to Wired, every four to five years, the National Intelligence Council gathers together to talk about where science, technology, and civilization will be within the next two decades. The subjects of the findings centered on climate change, the Internet (cloud computing and storage), the elderly, and modern warfare technology like drones. The council believes people in 2030 will start to be more cybernetic and synthetic than they are today, if you can still call them people. As it’s found in Global Trends 2030…
As replacement limb technology advances, people may choose to enhance their physical selves as they do with cosmetic surgery today. Future retinal eye implants could enable night vision, and neuro-enhancements could provide superior memory recall or speed of thought,” the Council writes. “Brain-machine interfaces could provide ‘superhuman’ abilities, enhancing strength and speed, as well as providing functions not previously available.
The combination of technology, the Internet, and organic matter like people is a scary thought but if this will be the reality of 2030 then it’s going to be interesting to see what exactly defines a human and how reliant will we be on this biosynthetic technology to live. The council also believes that this will definitely play into how wars are made and fought in the future.
As for the country, the council believes the United States will not be the dominant force leading the world. They have considered the possibility that China will be that new force because of our current decline and their current assent. In fact, the idea of global countries may be a thing of the past because the council also believes mega-cities will replace traditional countries. They explain, “megacities [that will] flourish and take the lead in confronting global challenges,” and not necessarily cities like New York City and Beijing made larger but new cities “built from scratch” would spring up.