The Year 2040

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"Here today, gone tomorrow," reads the headline. Foreign Policy magazine turns thirty-five this year. To celebrate, its editors invited sixteen big thinkers to each name one big thing they believe will disappear in the next thirty-five years.

The list is arresting. Not a full picture of the future, but a huge reminder of the scale of change swirling around us. Polio, they said, is headed for the tar pits. Monogamy, sovereignty, and the sanctity of life — history, say their predictions. Laissez-faire procreation — endangered. Political parties: watch out.

Tune in to hear 16 big predictions for the next 35 years.


Will Dobson, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine

Peter Singer, professor at Princeton University and author of "Practical Ethics"

Esther Dyson, editor of Release 1.0, a technology industry newsletter

Jacque Attali, president of PlaNet Finance, an international nonprofit organization.

This program aired on October 13, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.