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The Future

The future will be better than the present in similar ways to the present being better than the past. This page is not concerned with a continuation of present trends. People will indeed live longer, infant mortality will continue down and more of the backward countries will become prosperous.

This page is concerned with new things people will like. This needs to be distinguished from invention which will continue to give us tools. The laser is a great invention, but hardly anyone wants lasers per se, although the compact disc, which depends on lasers, is something people want.

Here are some things people will want when they become available. They will want them in the sense that they will buy them and find places where they are available more attractive than places where they aren't.

Computer driven cars [Sorry about letting this page be a dead end for so long. I'll get around to fixing it.] Up to: Sustainability FAQ

I welcome comments, and you can send them by clicking on jmc@cs.stanford.edu

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