Physics Club Poses Important Question: What Will The Year 2040 Be Like?
Christopher Krusberg '18
13 February 2018
On February 9th, the Physics Club held a conference on the hypothetical changes that could happen in the world by the year 2040. The event included informative and engaging lectures by students and teachers, discussing what this theoretical world will look like.
The presentations began with Mr. Anthony Meluso, the Network and Computer System Administrator, examining the changes in technology to happen by the year 2040. He focused on what could happen to everyday communication, with the potential of creating a device to eliminate language barriers through electronic translating. Mr. Meluso also discussed the rise of E-Sports (playing video games competitively) as well as the changes that will happen to technology in the health department, specifically the potential creation of a sensory mechanism capable of translating thoughts.
Nicholas Martinelli ‘18, also presenting on the changes of technology to come, focused on the development of artificial intelligence. He also mentioned the addition of self-driving cars into normal, modern society as well as the creation of a brain computer interface capable of genuine thought. Lastly, he spoke about the potential of memory implants and going to Mars.
Dr. Jared Fowler, the Assistant Principal, came in to inform attendees of the changes in classroom environments and education. He mentioned the incorporation of e-books, computers, virtual blackboards, hologram presentations, and more into most classrooms. The traditional classroom days may be numbered while full online degrees may become the ‘norm’ to accommodate a more tech-savy population and a world that moves at a faster pace.
The Librarian of PV, Ms. Leanne Weiss, also held a presentation about the many changes that will happen to libraries in the upcoming years. She predicted that a normal town public library will become more of a “infolab”, containing potential outlets for people to experience augmented reality devices, virtual chips of information, and more.
Matt Kania ‘18 focused on the changes to occur in the workforce come 2040. He spoke of automation, which may lead to the potential elimination of some jobs due to technological advances. There also may be shifts in how to apply for jobs, a new preference of independent workers, and the end of blue collar workers.
Karen Wilson ‘18 gave a very informative presentation on healthcare in 2040. A very interesting point she mentioned was CRISPR, which is the cut and editing of genetic coding, something we could see within the next two decades. She also spoke of the creation of regenerative medication, the modification of embryos for human use, and potential cures for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's, and ALS.
Anna Furman ‘18 presented on food, specifically the growth of genetically modified foods grown in labs. She predicted it will be 10-20 years until the mass production of synthetic meats and even 3D printed food.
Stephanie Wasik ‘18 gave a fascinating presentation on love and the many differences between relationships now and what they could be by 2040. Technology has already drastically altered how we interact with each other. Wasik predicted that our relationships will continue to change at a rapid pace to accommodate for the perks and drawbacks of technology and a changing culture.
The seminar was incredibly informative and thought provoking. Attendees left Mrs. Shtraks' room with a lot of exciting information to digest.