The Sunday Source's Fearless Predictions for 2009

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

We'll never see the future. It hurtles toward us, then disappears when it arrives, and we are left with the overwhelming presence of the present. The year 2009 is days away. What does it hold in store?

Fewer cars.


Increased urbanization.

A more religious China.

A more secular Middle East.

And you can expect any professional knowledge to be obsolete as soon as you acquire it. School forrr-ehhh-verrr.

Okay, don't panic. Those are our glib generalizations of forecasts made by the Bethesda-based World Future Society, which has published its roundup of 2008's most intriguing thoughts about 2009 (and beyond) in its magazine, the Futurist.

Will any of these things come to be in 2009 or beyond?


Maybe not.

We won't know until the future arrives. And by then it will be gone.

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