40 years ago, it would’ve been near impossible to predict what life 40 years from then (now) would be like. Some guessed that people would be driving in “space-pods,” commuting to neighboring “city-pods,” listening to their portable “i-Pods.” How wrong they were!
Though the future is hard to predict, it’s easy to say that our world 40 years from now will be a very different place. 40 years from 40 years from now, future-humans will look back 40 years and think, “wow, that was a time of serious innovation… you know… despite the apocalypse of 2047.”
That’s right. The people of 40 years from the future will have plenty to brag about. They will erect monolithic structures with amazing precision to superstitiously house their dead leaders just as the ancient Egyptians had done, using an almost unending supply of slave labor, just as the ancient Egyptians had done. They will erect many of these grandiose mausoleums as the average life expectancy of their leaders will be only marginally better than the average life expectancy of the common man of 40 years from now – a nice ripe, old age of 25. These structures will protect the dead from the hazards of the afterworld, which will be predicted to be similar to the hazards of the present-world of 40 years from now (excessive ambient radiation), which will ironically have been more useful for the dead when they were still alive.
40 years from 40 years from now, still standing tall and prominently visible from space will be the Great Wall of 40 Years From Now, built in a futile effort to keep the mutant-dolphin-pigeon-rats (dominant on land, air, and sea, and now hungrier than ever) from hunting and eating all who have survived (the apocalypse of 2047). The people of 40 years from now will be great warriors that will fight to the very last pig-man and pig-woman warrior (oh how evolution will change us over the course of 40 years!). And 40 years from 40 years from now, the then generations will remember the great battles of the pig-men, pig-women, and the mutant-dolphin-pigeon-rats — battles waged over land and sea (pig-men and pig-women will not be able to fly to engage in air-combat).
And that is a brief portrait of what the future will be like. Stay tuned for the next episode in this saga as I will describe one of the humankind’s greatest feats 40 years in the future — running water!