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I confess I am obsessed one with the future- and I’m not only the one. Over the centuries, people have used the stars, cards, Crystal balls and even tea-leaves to look into the future. I still read my horoscope every day: «When you get home on Friday, you will receive some very good news» or «At the weekend, after you've done the shopping, you will have a pleasant surprise». I never do have a pleasant surprise in the supermarket car park, but who knows? One day I might. This weekend, however, we will get a surprise because hundreds of futurologists are meeting at Newcastle University. The conference starts on Thursday and the experts will be discussing the impact of technology on the future. The future is now big business. I logged on to the websites of some professional futurologists and found these predictions: The technology already exists, so very soon all of us are going to use our voices to give instructions to computers. In the next few years, we will be communicating with our friends around the world using life-sized video images on large screens in our living rooms. By the year 2020, computers will already have become more efficient and powerful than the human brain, both in terms of intelligence and the amount of information they can store. By the year 2030, genetic engineering and nanotechnology will enable us to live for at least 150 years. Using nanotechnology, tiny, insect-like robots may be sent around our bodies to carry out repairs and keep us healthy. By the middle of the century, computers, millions of times smarter than us, will have been developed. By this time, we will be linking our brains with 'ultra-smart' computers. A new species might have developed -'Homo Cyberneticus’ By the end of the century, we will have colonized our solar system and will be looking for ways to colonize deep space. Much more interesting than horoscopes, I am sure you will agree I've decided I'm going to give up astrology and take up futurology - I'll be there in Newcastle this weekend. At nine o'clock on Saturday morning, I'll be sitting in the front row and listening to the great Duke Willard talking about the future of my brain. If you can't beat the future, join it.
1 I might get a pleasant surprise one day. 2 This weekend hundreds of futurologists are meeting at Newcastle University. 3 The conference starts on Thursday. 4 All of us are going to use our voices to give Instructions to computers. 5 Tiny robots may be sent around our bodies. 6 I'm sure you‘ll agree. 7 I'm going to give up astrology. 8 I ‘ll be there in Newcastle this weekend. a an arrangement for the future b a future fact c a firm prediction based on speaker's/writer's opinion d a weak prediction (x 2) e an intention f a spontaneous decision g a prediction based on observable evidence
a Something that will finish before a certain time in the future? b Something that will be in progress at a certain time in the future? Future Perfect By the end of the century, we will have colonised our solar system Future Continuous At nine o 'clock on Saturday morning, I'll be sitting in the front row and listening to the great Duke Willard.
Complete these predictions about the world in 2020 by putting the verbs in brackets either in the Future Perfect or the Future Continuous: 1. People (use) sotar energy extensively. 2. People( use) up all natural resources of oil. 3. People (travel) in to space on a regular basis . 4. People (eat) only genetically engineered food. 5. Traditional farms ( disappear ). 6. Many new galaxies (discover ). 7. Mars and Venus ( investigate) and (describe) in detail. 8.Scientists (study) chances of people setting down in other galaxies.
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