Discussion board: 1 the world in 2050
The topic of your lesson this week is The Study of Life. 2050 is only about 30 years from how, which means it’s close enough that we can imagine it happening, but far enough away that we can’t confidentially say what it will look like. How will the global economic order change by 2050? MIT researchers say that 5 billion of the world’s projected 9.8 billion people could live in water-stressed areas. Because of the water cycle, the world will also face more droughts, potentially making wildfires at least twice as destructive by 2050.
Maybe that’s why 2050 is the year Kaspersky Lab chose to envision for its new futuristic, interactive map. The map, called Earth 2050, imagines our world three decades from now. The project allows users to explore how different cities around the world might look in 2050, 2040, and 2030. It’s like Google Street View, except the streets are all a little shiner looking. Each city and experience is equipped with predictions from experts at Kaspersky, futurologists, and random site visitors. Predictions range from the believable (humans will live in buildings stocked with amenities so they’ll never need to leave their homes) to the strange (toilets will analyze our poop) to the ambitious (students will be able to choose what time they go to school, thanks to pop-up hologram teachers).
There is a race against time; innovations are needed for our way of life but also for the planet.
For this discussion board:
- Watch the video The World In 2050 – Full BBC Documentary 2018. These stories highlight cutting edge innovations about how we fuel our cars, how we drive, and how we live.
The following three topics are covered in the BBC video.
- Choose two of the three topics above.
From the information given in the video, answer each question in numbered paragraphs (numbered 1. – 4.). A one or two sentence answer will be considered too brief for full credit.
You can also use outside resources to answer the question, but the majority of your answer needs to come from the information given in the video.
- For topic one: explain how these cutting edge innovations will shape the world of 2050
- Describe the consequences to our way of life if the innovations in your first topic do not succeed
- For topic two: explain how these cutting edge innovations will shape the world of 2050
- Describe the consequences to our way of life if the innovations in your second topic do not succeed
- Read your classmate’s posts and respond to one student who identified a consequence that yours did not identify
- Remember to always give credit or cite your source information. This should be written in your own words. You show understanding of the topic when you can summarize it without using the same phrases or word choice as the original sites or videos. Changing a few words in a sentence is still plagiarism. The link below is a good tutorial about avoiding plagiarism in your writing.
Cite your sources using APA style. The website below has information to help you cite your source(s) correctly.
Hover over “Citation Guides” to choose the correct type of source.
Below is another resource regarding APA style from the TCC Library.
Choose reliable sources like those found using the article database from the TCC library (Today’s Science and Science in Context by Gale are great), information from universities, and governmental websites. Wikipedia and personal websites/blogs are not good sources.
Grading criteria (Please see Grading Rubric for more detailed criteria):
10 points – grammar and source information, numbered paragraphs
8 points – explain how cutting edge innovations will shape the world of 2050 for the first of the three topics you chose
- 8 points – describe the consequences to our way of life if the innovations for the first of the three topics you chose do not succeed
8 points – explain how cutting edge innovations will shape the world of 2050 for the second of the three topics you chose
8 points – describe the consequences to our way of life if the innovations for the second of the three topics you chose do not succeed
8 points – read your classmate’s posts and respond to one who identified a consequence that yours did not identify