What will the opportunities and challenges be for our children and their nation in 2050? What can we do better today to ensure their life, liberty, and happiness when they reach middle age?
Making accurate predictions about political, scientific, and technological changes more than a few years into the future is virtually impossible. For example, in Blade Runner, one of my favorite movies, which was released in 1982 and set in Los Angeles in 2019, Harrison Ford invites Sean Young to meet for drinks. It rains all the time in LA in 2019, most people in the city no longer speak English, and Ford uses a landline video pay phone to make the call to Young. When I first saw the movie, I was amazed by this technology. But, the movie makers could not predict how quickly powerful computers would become small and mobile, and how interconnected these machines would be.