Darnell MooreAuthor and activist
Darnell Moore is the head of strategy and programs at Breakthrough US. He is a writer and media maker, and the author of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award winning "No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America," which was also a 2018 NYT Notable Book of the Year.
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How will we communicate with each other?
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Human interaction will be dramatically reshaped, with both positive and negative consequences. We will have more options for digital communication (i.e. virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities), but the increase in virtual communications interfaces might reshape the ways we interact in real life.
What will we eat?
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Access to healthy foods will continue to be limited by a range of forces like the increases in food deserts in areas impacted by economic disparity; the rise in costs of natural produce in a market that is not favorable to agriculturalists; and the commoditization of “healthy food” that will turn healthier eating into a lifestyle brand that is accessible to those with the financial resources to support it.
What will we wear?
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Fashions and designers from the Global South will inspire our sartorial decisions. We will embrace future-oriented, simpler, wears made of different fabrics and textures that derive from the imaginative local cultures in continents like Africa and Asia.
How will we find love?
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If by “love” we mean intimacy or relationships or sex, I think we will discover them via digital/virtual communication—social media engagement, dating applications, online communities, etc. I also think some of the consequences of increased virtual engagement will be a lack of intimacy and decrease in sex.
What kinds of stories will we tell?
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We will tell stories about the “what was”—namely, the consequences of and turn from the past political era, which was marked as a period of destabilization and normalized violence. We will mark the qualities of that era (i.e. the rise of the multinational technology companies, the widening gap between the working class and the extremely wealthy, the normalization of white nationalism and authoritative regimes, the calculated disregard of climate change, etc.) as a significant turning point in global politics.
What forms of transportation will we use?
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High-speed rail lines; larger and more upscale commercial aircraft; and, for those who can afford it, airsharing—imagine technologies like Uber or Lyft, but for air travel. We will also see the increase of eco-friendly and/or electronic “smart cars” on the road.
What will cities be like?
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This might sound dystopian, but I dread that cities in the US will be culturally dead because of the rapid forms of gentrification that will displace the peoples and cultures that shaped parts of the cities. We will see an increase in the development of urban spaces—innovative architectural takes on the built environment; more high-rise, high-cost housing (some might be green buildings); and more green space. But cities will be hubs for those who can afford to reside there.
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Will our world be more equal or less equal?
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Capitalism is a behemoth and cannot be reversed overnight—especially without a willful reckoning with greed on a global level. That said, inequality will have gotten worse.