Minority Report is available to buy from 20th Century Fox
Home Entertainment on DVD and Video from the 02 December 2002.
To coincide with the launch Sci-Fi Online discovers how today's
futurologists think the year 2054 will compare to 2002...
the year 2054...
intelligent machines will have begun to develop and evolve
for themselves. A colony of super-intelligent micro machines
sent to pave the way for the development of a Lunar or Martian
leisure facility might choose, instead, to begin their own
civilisation. Treated at first as a joke, the machines develop
a communal language, competitive sports and rudimentary episodic
soap opera. A hastily-passed Act of Parliament might limit
the sentient abilities of machines in future.
human diseases such as cancer and AIDS will have been eradicated.
However, science will uncover a plethora of alternative ailments
which will become the new medical obsessions of 2054. Increased
microwave, short wave and infrared technology will cause neural
imbalances and brain tissue mutation leading to a massive
increase in mental illness. Hospital-grown flesh eating superbugs
will travel the world and prove impervious to existing medicines.
Technology corporations will spend billions defending the
safety of their products, whilst pharmaceutical companies
will indirectly control a third of the globe's resources.
By comparison, the twentieth century will be seen as a much
better and healthier era.
of overstimulation of the brain and body's sensory organs
will lead to the shortening of the average human attention
span. As the pace of life intensifies, and our ability to
process information increases, humans will no longer possess
the mental abilities to concentrate upon a 'lengthy' task
such as reading a novel. The novel will die out, becoming
as rarefied a form as poetry, whereas short form television,
cinema, interactive and holographic entertainment will become
ever more popular.
beings will have begun experimenting with splicing genes that
give them abilities confined to animals, such as the sense
of smell of the dog, the sonic abilities of a bat, or the
regenerative powers of lizards.
4.2 billion people will be living in countries that cannot
meet people's daily basic needs. Clean water will become as
valuable a commodity as oil in the twentieth century... nano-machines
- machines built out of individual atoms, and measured in
millionths of a millimetre - will be widely used as weapons.
Acting in much the same way as a virus, these invisible machines
are self-replicating,require no external power source, and
can build billions of their own kind within days.
United Kingdom will be, on average, 2-5 °C warmer. In general,
the weather will become increasingly unpredictable, as the
results of global warming and the resultant ice flow movements
create freak weather systems that make El Nino look like a
will be possible to live an entire lifetime without ever needing
to leave the house.
powers will become increasingly common as we map out the human
genome and discover more about the human brain, making advances
in such areas as telepathy, telekinesis and telemetry.
average human lifespan for males and females will have reached
100, placing a huge strain on the resources of the few countries
with operating welfare systems. To combat these effects, the
retirement age will have been raised to 70 for men and women,
meaning that most people will have to work for more than 50
years before enjoying their leisure time. With almost half
of each countryıs population now over 50, not-so-old age pensioners
become the most attractive target market, representing 65%
of consumer spending. The face of advertising has been changed
forever. (1997, Actuarial Study No.112)
will be as outdated as green-and-black LED monitors, as computers
begin to learn and speak our language, including our individual
linguistic idioms. Images and spoken language will replace
text, since they are faster to process.
CO2 emissions from sources such as car exhausts and industry
will have doubled since 2004, proving the inadequacy of the
Kyoto treaties and the conservative nature of even the most
scare-mongering of twentieth century predictions about the
warming, increased rainfall due to adverse weather conditions,
and the shrinking ice shelves of the Arctic will combine to
cause the global sea level to increase by between eighteen
and thirty-two inches worldwide. This means that Asia loses
much of its ability to farm, Venice loses many of its tourists,
and New York loses a few streets. The Maldives are rendered
completely uninhabitable, while Bangladesh loses 17% of its
land. (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
population of the world will have reached 9 309 051 539, despite
the alarming drop in the birth rate of almost every nation
worldwide, caused by a variety of factors, including (1) falling
fertility and sex drive among males and females; (2) increased
environmental radioactivity from the recent nuclear exchanges;
(3) lifestyle - particularly in the west, where only 12% of
cohabiting couples are married, and only 17% are planning
a family; and (4) state-enforced childlessness imposed in
China and Chinese Japan in 2025. (Negative Population Growth)
food, water and other basic needs of the increased population
placing an unbelievable strain on the planetıs resources.
Although wind, water and solar power are now the three most
popular forms of energy, major governments pour billions into
researching new sustainable resources such as cold fusion,
turning twentieth century scientists into the equivalent of
thirteenth century alchemists.
Lunar Hotel (pictured) designed by Hans-Jurgen Rombaut of
the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, will have been open
for four years, exploiting the unique building materials available
there. "Taking into account all the weird circumstances on
the Moon was a tremendous challenge," Rombaut says, adding
that the project is due to turn profitable by the end of the
developed countries, barcodes will be in use for all financial
transactions, holding information about the individualıs credit,
mortgage, savings, and all other financial details. Despite
the increased security these bring, robberies become more
bloodthirsty as victimsı skin is flayed, or hands hacked off,
so that others can exploit their barcodes and genetic signatures.
telephones will have evolved into Palmphones, which implant
subcutaneous receivers under the thumb and little finger of
one hand, and a glowing LED touchpad under the skin of the
palm, allowing users to literally talk to the hand.
idea of incarceration as a form of rehabilitation has collapsed
with the prison system. Those criminals deemed to be too dangerous
to exist within society are held in suspended animation for
indefinite periods, in the hopes that cures can be found for
readings at birth determine lifespan and, in many nations,
education and employment levels - why spend thousands educating
or training an individual if they have a defective organ which
will lead to an early death?
sharp increase in road accidents in the early part of the
21st century will have dropped equally dramatically, as artificial
intelligence which limits the possibility of a car striking
an object, another vehicle or a pedestrian are fitted as standard.
The combination of Proximity Resistance Technology and on
board navigational systems eventually eliminates the need
for drivers to take control of the vehicle, and autopilots
for cars enter widespread use.
shields, developed for the military, begin to enter the consumer
market, creating hundreds of spectacular new sports to fill
the many thousands of television and holovision channels.
hopes for the paperless office, it never arrives.
increasing population, rising sea levels and changes in world
agriculture will create 150 million environmental refugees.
most likely cause of conflict in the Middle East and on the
Indian subcontinent will be water shortages, rather than religious
mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression will have
increased one hundredfold since 2002 as the pace of life increases
to levels which are intolerable for some, particularly the
PreCrime organisation uses psychics or pre-cogs to predict
when murders will occur. As a result, the murder rate drops
from its early 21st century high - one killing every 30 minutes
in the United States of America - to virtually zero.
families have become increasingly rare, a knock-on effect
of today's generation leaving childbearing so late. A rising
number of young professionals will choose communal living:
supportive "villages" for new millennium families.
processors are organic and built from individual atoms, meaning
that computers and communication devices can be as small as
worldıs 48 least developed countries have a combined population
of 1.7 billion - as opposed to todayıs count of 589 million.
(World Health Report 1996)
temperatures and increased frequency of heat waves increases
the number of heat-related deaths and the incidence of heat-related
illnesses (United States Environmental Protection Agency).
number of persons aged 60 and older now outnumbers children
(0 - 14 years) having grown from 600 million in 1999 to 2
billion in the year 2050. (World Development Stats)
rate in the US has grown from 8.41 per thousand people in
2002 to 13.67 per thousand people in the year 2050 (National
Funeral Directors Association).
number of centenarians (people aged 100 years or older) has
increased 15-fold from approximately 210, 000 in 2002 to 3.2
million people by 2050. (UN Statistics on Population Ageing)
high street stores of the future will also look very different
as TM Design's conceptual images of a 2054 Virgin store (below)
thanks to Natasha at DSA
Report is out to buy now from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(£24.99 DVD & £16.99 Video)