Predicting 2035 for My Granddaughters

2035 is 15 years from now.  My current granddaughters Harper and Olivia will be 16 and almost 20 respectively. Those are good ages to imagine for predicting what their lives will be like at that time.  Below are 10 such predictions.

  1. Their educational experience after high school will not involve attending a traditional college or university

    Instead, some combination of a future trade school and internships will equip them for entering the workforce

  2. They won’t own a car

    I only assess a 50% chance that they will even learn to drive a car

  3. They will get a broad-spectrum immunization that covers a huge quantity of pathogens

    Better yet, it will have some ability to self-adapt to protect against mutations of many known viruses

  4. Their annual wellness check will first involve a cheek swab at home that, after lab analysis, will ALSO detect early onset cancers and other non-pathogen caused ailments

    I have a feeling it might also be able to detect various DNA mutations that need to be further investigated

  5. Augmented reality will be so widespread that they don’t even notice it

    Much like today’s young adults that grew up with a smart phone in their hand perceive it like a body appendage

  6. They won’t own or use a cell phone

    At least not in the form factor that we think of it today.  It won’t look like a current smart phone with a screen but rather will fit over their ear, be embedded in a pair of glasses, or somehow be carried on their body in a way that they can still access information and communicate through it.

  7. They won’t use paper currency

    Actually, they will almost never even see it being used by others

  8. They will be able to fly from Austin to New York City in 1 hour and to Paris in 2 hours

    Assuming they can afford it

  9. They will watch humans land on the surface of Mars

    Multiple such flights will occur over a period of several years in an attempt to create a perpetual settlement there

  10. They will have a robot at home

    I’m not sure what duties this robot will perform but they will ask questions of it naturally and command it to do various things

Author: Gordon Daugherty

Gordon Daugherty is a best-selling author, seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor. He has made more than 200 investments in early-stage companies and has been involved with raising more than $80 million in growth and venture capital. From his 28-year career in high tech, Gordon has both an IPO and a $200-million acquisition exit under his belt. Now, as co-founder and president of Austin’s Capital Factory and as author of the book “Startup Success”, Gordon spends 100 percent of his time educating, advising, and investing in startups.

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