One of the future scenarios states that most of human life will take place in virtual reality space.
The OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, shares its vision for the post-pandemic in its World Scenarios 2035 report. Alas, the “new reality” is described in dark colors. It is emphasized that “the incredible will look possible at a time when every country must be prepared for the unexpected.”
In fact, in the future, in a rather grim reality, states will increasingly face rapid change and uncertainty, and therefore will have to have groups that assess (predict) the problems of the near future at the central government level.
Regarding these scenarios, which could affect the world in unpredictable ways over the next 15 years, in the first, the OECD describes a “multifaceted world” in which humanity will be formed in many separate and largely parallel clusters, each of which will operate within its digital ecosystem with its own infrastructure to maintain its autonomy, protect itself from outside interference and promote the development of the local economy.
The second scenario, schematically titled “virtual worlds,” traces a scenario of the future in which most of human life – whether work or play – will take place in virtual reality spaces. In fact, experts say, the pressure on people to create such digital spaces will be enormous, and governments will be able to control what freedoms citizens are allowed to enjoy in this virtual universe.
In the third, the “vulnerable world” scenario, humanity will be faced with technology that will evolve even faster than expected. Thus, people will face critical threats to their existence that will require unprecedented global cooperation to protect the vital common interests of the population.
Finally, according to the OECD organization, breakthroughs made in areas that are currently considered problematic, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will not prevent further environmental degradation.
In addition, as noted, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the fact that the number of unemployed worldwide by 2022 will exceed 200 million people, according to the report of the International Labor Organization (ILO). It is noted that the recovery in employment will occur in the second half of this year, although it will be uneven, due to limited access to vaccines in some countries.
“The decline in employment and working hours has led to a sharp drop in labor income and a corresponding rise in poverty,” – emphasized in a report published on the ILO website. According to the organization, more than 100 million workers today are classified as people below the poverty line.
“Five years of progress in eradicating working poverty have been canceled out,” the report said. The ILO also proposes a formulated labor market recovery strategy that includes job creation and household income support. Otherwise, the collapse cannot be avoided, economists say.