A Different World Than Where You Come From

So the National Intelligence Council just released its Global Trends 2030 report. Titled Alternative Worlds, it tries to figure out some of the implications of global change within the next decade. These guys are the long-term strategy arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community, so if there’s anybody in the know in this world, I guess it’s them. According to the report’s executive summary:

This report is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories during the next 15-20 years. As with the NIC’s previous reports, we do not seek to predict the future–which would be an impossible feat–but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their applications.

Most of the report involves global power shifts, economic influences, population challenges. But among all that is a 15-page section on technology. Unfortunately, there’s nothing in there that couldn’t have been written broadly about by anybody who reads Wired (smart cities, robotics, augmented humans), but it’s kind of a blast to read it in government-speak. Makes it feel more credible to fantasize about these things happening soon.