~ Dialogue ~ Topic 20 ~ The Future ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1)What could be a problem in your future? How could you avoid it?
Money. No one can avoid it. When we get old we need money. The government
cannot take care of everyone. People live longer and have fewer resources.
2) Will climate change affect employment? How? What jobs will be required?
Yes. Let’s face the facts. Many jobs are now affected by drought, flood, and other
3) Is there anything that doesn't exist that could improve life? Describe.
I suppose we could desalinate enough water to service the entire planet and pump
it to everyone using wind and solar power. Vertical urban gardens could feed the masses.
4) What kind of developments might be possible in health care in the future?
The question in the back of everyone’s mind is how old/healthy do we want
to be when we die. Prolonging life by technology could have multiple backlashes.
5) Do you think the educational systems will/need to change in the future?
Yes. Memorizing facts has always been boring for students. Positive change will
require new modes of interaction. We must develop a human side of technology.
6) What is your view on world population? Describe the situation in your country?
It’s possible there are too many people on the planet. I understand why couples
choose not to have children. There are enough people but not enough resources.
7) What are your personal plans for the future? What do you really want to do?
I’d like to write a book. I don’t know what kind: novel, short stories, poems,
essays, science, memoir, or even a children’s book. That’s something I’d like to do.
8) What are you optimistic about regarding your future? Why? Describe.
I’m optimistic about my family. If we stick together, we can solve our problems.
There are many kinds of danger in the world, so we must support each other.
9) What are you pessimistic about regarding the future? Why? Describe.
I’m pessimistic about the environment. I wonder if the leaders can address it
in time. The clock seems to be ticking backward. Too little will be too late.
10) How will the "world order" change in the next twenty years? How so?
My guess is that it will remain the same. I think China will level off. India will
become a Hindu technocracy. The USA will return to normal. Trilateralism.
~ Original Questions ~ The Future ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) What do you hope for in your future? How can you achieve it?
2) What could be a problem in your future? How could you avoid it?
3) What potential advances can the next generation look forward to?
4) What problems will the next generation need to face? What solutions are there?
5) What can the general public do to create a better future? How? Describe.
1) Will robots eventually replace humans in factories? Why do you think so?
2) What will humans do for a living in the future? Will there be enough jobs?
3) What jobs can't robots do? Will there be new human jobs in the future? Describe.
4) What jobs will be necessary for human development and prosperity?
5) Will climate change affect employment? How? What jobs will be required?
1) Is there anything that doesn't exist that could improve life? Describe.
2) What kind of developments might be possible in health care in the future?
3) How will technology change the future? Can technology control us? How?
4) What will be the role of computers in the future? Is there a limit?
5) What do you think of the idea of "the internet of things"? Discuss.
1) What do you think about the younger generation in your country? in the world?
2) Do you think the educational systems will/need to change in the future?
3) What is your view on world population? Describe the situation in your country?
4) Think about ways to improve the world over the years to come. Discuss.
5) Is there a country or group of people that can lead the way to a positive future?
1) What are your personal plans for the future? What do you really want to do?
2) What are you optimistic about regarding your future? Why? Describe.
3) What are you pessimistic about regarding your future? Why? Describe.
4) How will the "world order" change in the next twenty years? How so?
5) Will humans always wage war against each other? If so, Why? If not, How?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 20 ~ The Future ~ Explore the Topic ~
· Retreating or vanishing glacial ice
· Disappearance of year-round sea ice in the Arctic
· Changes in melt patterns on Greenland Ice Sheet
· Increased rates of flows of ice streams in Greenland and Antarctica
· Increase in thermal expansion of ocean
· Disappearance of West Antarctic Ice Sheet
· Ocean acidification (related to CO2 emissions rather than warming)
Changes to the Seasons
Though Earth will always have distinct seasons because of its tilted axis, one expected signal of climate change is a shift in the length and character of summer and winter seasons. In general, summer temperatures will arrive earlier than they currently do, especially at high latitudes.
Additionally, they will be hotter and last longer than they do now. Future winters will arrive later and be shorter and warmer. Around the world, climatologists have already observed increases in the number of days of record heat and concurrent decreases in the number of days of record cold.
Futures studies, also called futurology, is the study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures, and the worldviews and myths that underlie them.
In general, it can be considered as a branch of the social sciences and parallel to the field of history. Futures studies seeks to understand what is likely to continue and what could plausibly change.
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and speculation.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 20 ~ The Future ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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