Samantha BarryEditor in chief, Glamour
Samantha Barry is the editor-in-chief of Glamour, where she oversees the brand’s digital, social, video, and print platforms. She was previously an executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide. Barry spearheaded CNN’s 2016 election coverage across social platforms, which received the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media and a Webby Award.
Who will run the world?
More responses to Who will run the world?
In an ideal world, there would be more women and people of color in charge. We’re reaching that tipping point now in 2019—there’s more diversity in leadership (socially, corporately, politically). One would hope that in 50 years’ time, our leaders will be more diverse than ever and that it won’t be unusual for a woman to lead the US, or for there to be more than 33 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
What will cause the biggest conflicts?
More responses to What will cause the biggest conflicts?
Probably the race for technology, specifically 5G. Tech is going to determine the strength and power of countries, so you’re going to see a race to acquire it. There will be conflict for all involved, but particularly between the haves and the have-nots.
How will we communicate with each other?
More responses to How will we communicate with each other?
Hopefully, still in person! I’m sure the benefits of cross-country contact will continue to grow and that people will continue to feel connected at all times through things like WhatsApp and FaceTime, but I also hope that face-to-face contact isn’t lost. I hope it’s something we still honor and make time for, even as our modes of communications advance in the tech sphere.
How will we entertain one another?
More responses to How will we entertain one another?
Comedy won’t die! The way we laugh and entertain each other will stick around. Today, it’s with memes and gifs—who knows what version it will be in 2070, but there will be laughs!
What will we eat?
More responses to What will we eat?
As we become a more blended society, people’s palates are going to experience different foods from different countries more than we do now. On the other hand, I do think we’ll need to tackle obesity globally. So I think there is going to be a push for more awareness around the US food industry and a better understanding of how our food is made. That will lead to better global health.
What kinds of stories will we tell?
More responses to What kinds of stories will we tell?
The same stories we’ve always told–– just maybe in different ways. Stories of love and conflict, joys and sadness, and overcoming obstacles. Those stories have been told for centuries, and I really think they will continue to find a place in the future. We’ll just tell them in different ways.
What forms of transportation will we use?
More responses to What forms of transportation will we use?
Our transportation will definitely become more sustainable and climate-centric. We currently have a 16-year-old climate change activist [Greta Thunberg] who won’t get on a plane because of the emissions. So you can already see how the younger generation is hyper-aware of climate change and is adamant about making drastic lifestyle changes to preserve our planet. As that younger generation grows up, I think they will demand transportation that is climate-conscious. There will be a collective understanding and responsibility to find modes of transport that don’t cause harm to the environment.
Will we have ventured to other planets?
More responses to Will we have ventured to other planets?
I hope so! I’d be signing up for a trip to Mars! I think ordinary people going into space is something we will definitely see within the next 50 years.
What will our most valuable resource be?
More responses to What will our most valuable resource be?
Time. I guess it always has been, but I think it’s going to be one of the only resources that won’t be manipulated by technology. No matter how quickly we’ll be able to access information or get from point A to B, there will still only be 24 hours in a day. For everyone.
What will the biggest change to our natural world be?More responses to What will the biggest change to our natural world be?
What technology will bring about the biggest change in society?
More responses to What technology will bring about the biggest change in society?
There are still massive parts of the world that don’t have 3G or WiFi, which is such an equalizer. I really think that just by those people gaining equal access to the internet, we’re going to experience a massive shift in society.
What’s your best prediction for the world in 50 years?
More responses to What’s your best prediction for the world in 50 years?
Technology is going to continue to change everybody’s world in ways we don’t yet understand.