Question of the Day: How Will the World Change in 2014?

Each year brings with it promises of new technology, health care, research and innovation. For example in 2013, Johns Hopkins physicians used a woman’s own tissue to rebuild an ear lost to cancer and researchers identified a compound that dramatically bolsters learning and memory when given to mice with a Down syndrome-like condition on the day of birth. Will we still use email or will another technology be the primary means of communication at work? Will there be significant advancements in the cure for AIDS and treatment of obesity? Share your thoughts about how you believe the world will change and advance on today’s Hopkins Happenings Question of the Week?

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Bonnie C January 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I expect we'll see great changes in technologies, and be very disappointed in how shallow we are. We have the capability and capacity to cure diseases, bring clean drinking water to communities that desperately need it, and change the environment. Yet we will focus on the newest smart phone and complain about the high cost of gasoline. Instead of purchasing truly efficient vehicles (or, gasp! take public transportation) to conserve energies, many will continue to buy the luxury cars (gas-hogs) and insist on driving everywhere they go, even though they could car-pool. Excuses abound, but real reasons lie in "I don't want to be inconvenienced." Try to explain inconvenience to those who have to wander miles to find enough wood to build fires and cook their food. Try to explain inconvenience to those who don't have clean water, and watch their children get sick again and again (and sometimes they die).

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