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Predictions - Part Two

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Yesterday's lesson was about some predictions made 100 years ago about what the world would look like today. In today’s lesson, we are going to read about how some people think the world will be in another 100 years time.

Before you read the article, why don't you try and predict what the writer thinks will happen in the future. Then read the article and complete the gaps with the missing words. To finish off, let us know your predictions for 100 years time. How will the world look in 2112? Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Lesson by Caroline

Missing Words

Concerns - worries
Decade - 10 years
Forms - ways or methods
Bankrupt - completely without money
Chance - opportunity
Educated - been taught
Damage - harm
Communication - exchanging information
Relaying - sending

In the year 2112

1. We will have the ability to communicate through thought transmission

Likelihood 10/10. Transmission will be just as easy as other _1_ of brain augmentation. Picking up thoughts and _2_ them to another brain will not be much harder than storing them on the net.

There is a good chance. Synthetic telepathy sounds like something out of Hollywood but it is absolutely possible, so long as " _3_ " is understood to be electrical signals rather than words.

2. We will be able to control the weather

Likelihood 8/10. There is already some weather control technology for mediating tornadoes, making it rain and so on, and thanks to climate change _4_ , a huge amount of knowledge is being gleaned on how weather works. We will probably have technology to be able to control weather when we need to. It won't necessarily be cheap enough to use routinely and is more likely to be used to avoid severe _5_ in key areas.

3. There will only be three languages in the world - English, Spanish and Mandarin

Likelihood 8/10. This does look like a powerful trend, other languages don't stand a lot of _6_ Minor languages are dying at a huge rate already and the other major ones are mostly in areas where everyone _7_ speaks at least one of the other three. Time frame could be this century.

4. Marriage will be replaced by an annual contract

Likelihood 6/10. I think we will certainly see some weaker forms of marriage that are designed to last a _8_ or two rather than a whole lifetime, but traditional marriage will still be an option. Increasing longevity is the key - if you marry at 20 and live to well over 100, that is far too long a commitment. People will want marriages that aren't necessarily forever, but don't _9_ them when they end.

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