If someone asked me recently how things are going and what I thought about current world events, my response would be that everything is not as bad as the media portrays. World global humanity began to gradually emerge from the post-Covid shock that engulfed the entire globe in 2019. I accepted that there are still many significant and little issues in the world, but I looked forward with optimism to when those issues are resolved via human cooperation. Then February 24, 2022, came. The day I realized that I knew nothing about the world before it.
In 2022 I predict a number of crucial events will occur, putting global humanity in a condition of upheaval. The problems are global warming and increased levels of harmful substances in the environment, millions of refugees and the threat of hunger, military conflicts around the world, and the COVID-19 pandemic. All these issues are interconnected and begin to influence each other. Together, each of them creates a cause and effect on one another.
The peak of this volatile time was the start of a new war in Europe on February 24. When Russia, disregarding all international norms of law, attacked Ukraine unprovoked. This war set in motion mechanisms that had been dormant in Europe for the past 70 years.
Amid these global world events, we can safely assume that humanity has entered a new stage of its development and current history. However, it is not a calm stage—simply a transitional stage. What awaits people after its completion still remains unknown. Forecasts for the future are almost impossible to make. Future predictions during the crisis and transitional stages are not just impossible, but useless too. Every day there is a new forecast, and every day it is not fulfilled.
A final meeting of the "G7'' club took place in June of this year. One thing became clear; saving Ukraine and stopping Russia means the opportunity to achieve the Net Zero Emission program adopted at the Paris Climate Summit in 2018.
The world's events and military operations in Ukraine put mankind further away from meeting the 2018 Climate Summit's objectives to cut emissions, and lessen environmental strain by the intermediate date of 2030. Time is running out and there is not much of it left. We must take action immediately before we lose something we can never get back. The "G7" summit in Bavaria addressed stopping the invasion of Russia, climate change, and its negative economic consequences.
After the summit, the impression that the global human community was in a crisis "transition period" was only confirmed. Therefore, it is necessary to look for alternative models of humanity's existence during the crisis. Something needs to be changed in modern life. Some changes are already in motion on their own, and others are out of human control. What predictions can be made for the future? I understand that forecasts for the future during the transition period are particularly useless and even slow! Nevertheless, some changes are already noticeable—or what some consider “in the air.”
Revolution of Consumerism
The further spread of AI-based technologies, as well as their everyday use, will lead to an increase in the demand for goods. In addition to concerns about the employment of workers, private information security, and the acceleration of the use of AI in business. Analysts are already predicting a future decrease in the number of hours in the working week. People around the world will have more hours of leisure time. These hours free from work will have to be filled with something. The vacuum will have to be filled with goods that will have informational, virtual, and industrial sources.
A new wave of consumerism awaits humanity. This wave will be a revolution in the field of consumption. The result of radical changes in the structure of human consumption—in addition to the reduction of food in the transition period—will be a virtual space that will become one of the leading products.
Virtual space, like any other industrial site, will need its ecological and economic niche. It will be positioned as an eco-space amid worsening climatic conditions.
Historically, amateur artists hardly earn any money. However, during industrialization, the commoditization of art led to the fact that its producers began to earn millions. The virtualization of art will become a new stage in mass culture. Why pay for a product, even a few cents, when there is the possibility to create "our own '' with AI-based programs? Programs that distribute your product to millions or billions of people and are accessible to everyone. Or have the option to have products only for yourself or a separate group of confidential supporters.
A new revolution in consumerism will lead to a rapid increase in the industrial production of goods. Millions of people will be out of work due to AI technologies. Dozens of new fields of employment will also appear. As a result, during the time of transition when AI-based technologies are widely used, governments and multinational corporations will experience societal pressure from the working population.
Such pressure against the background of climatic changes and social cataclysms will create an incredible scale, and will not consider the borders of states to exist. The 21st century is the century of acceleration. In time, social discontent will pass very quickly. However, it will be dramatic in contentment. We are aware that technology is used when inventing newer technology. Resulting in a product or commodity greatly accelerating with its introduction into society, and the beginning of its industrial use or production.
Those who see living in the 21st century in accordance with the norms of the middle of the 20th century will experience the next consumerism revolution swiftly and unexpectedly. This revolution will be comprehensive and all-embracing. It will be everywhere and will affect all forms of social and private life. However, it will require a higher load on the IoT industry. This load, in turn, will become a trigger for further climate change, and its deterioration. A transitional period of climate instability will start to begin. Of course, it is still unknown what this period will be. Currently, it’s known that AI programs work near the sources and have already begun to introduce this technology into everyday life.
The result of the new revolution of consumerism will be a new society. However, it will still be an antagonistic phenomenon, where failure accompanies success. Here, complete freedom of action intersects with total coercion and more. The planet will already be evolving with new dimensions of reality, a new climate, and new ideas that have their roots in problems as old as the world.
Does this mean changes? Yes, it does! Will they become decisive for the fate of humanity? This will be decided by the active participants in the new virtual environment in the middle latitudes' semi-arid climate.
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