The title of this blog post makes me sound important, doesn't it? Clearly, I know not what lies ahead in the coming year -- nor does anyone else (except, perhaps, the folks at Popular Mechanics.)
Still, it's fun to ask questions. In 2007, I'm wondering:
- Will any of these drugs have a substantially positive impact?
- Or how about humble old psilocybin?
- Will the continuing population shift from rural to urban areas curb population growth?
- Will any of Jon Swift's predictions come to pass? (Note that 3.5 out of his 8 predictions for 2006 were correct!)
- Will employers start paying less attention to the resumes of job candidates ... and more attention to their blogs?
- Will the atmospheric levels of certain pollutants continue to decline? (Answer: Yes, if coal plants go clean.)
- Will people recycle more? (Yes, if cities emulate the simple steps that Seattle has taken).
- Will a growing number of theists and atheists partake in rational, civil discourse with one another? (One can only hope. Here's an atheist and Christian whose blogs are cross-linked, and another very interesting blog co-written by an atheist and Christian.)
- Will Second Life continue to see an exponential increase in new users? Or will another metaverse (aka a 3D-enabled web of social spaces, economies, and technologies) rise to prominence?