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What will life look like in 2038? Twenty years from now is not the stuff of science fiction, but it still sounds like it: flying driverless cars, an internet cold war, a Chinese world order. Given the pace of change we are currently living through, the world really could look dramatically different from today. Remember, twenty years ago, social media and iPhones and the Tea Party did not exist, Barack Obama had just started dabbling in state politics, the Clinton administration was loosening up its oversight of something called derivatives, New Orleans was still dry and the World Trade Center was still standing.
2038, a podcast from New York Magazine and Intelligencer, will explore 8 different visions of how we can expect to live in two decades. Each episode will feature an expert in subject areas from business to technology to politics to climate science and beyond, laying out a very particular vision of where we’ll be in twenty years—and who will then defend his or her predictions in conversation with Max Read and David Wallace-Wells.

2038 New York Magazine / Intelligencer

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.8, 62 Ratings

What will life look like in 2038? Twenty years from now is not the stuff of science fiction, but it still sounds like it: flying driverless cars, an internet cold war, a Chinese world order. Given the pace of change we are currently living through, the world really could look dramatically different from today. Remember, twenty years ago, social media and iPhones and the Tea Party did not exist, Barack Obama had just started dabbling in state politics, the Clinton administration was loosening up its oversight of something called derivatives, New Orleans was still dry and the World Trade Center was still standing.
2038, a podcast from New York Magazine and Intelligencer, will explore 8 different visions of how we can expect to live in two decades. Each episode will feature an expert in subject areas from business to technology to politics to climate science and beyond, laying out a very particular vision of where we’ll be in twenty years—and who will then defend his or her predictions in conversation with Max Read and David Wallace-Wells.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Dave DooM ,

Too political

Cool subject matter but discussions come through an obvious political leaning. I prefer podcasts about the future that are a bit more neutral. Anatomy of Next, Future Perfect, and .future are better at discussing how technology will impact the future through an unbiased lens. Stay away from this one because it will either just confirm your own bias or be pretty annoying.

Blm3033 ,

Amen on the vocal fry!

Please work on getting rid of the vocal fry - it’s really distracting and grating to the ear. Takes away from the otherwise good quality of the podcasts.

rixtex ,

Clueless smart people

Actually, they talk to a lot of smart people. Unfortunately, they all reinforce the podcasters worldview, which is pessimistic in the extreme. I did get a kick out of listening to all the whining about the future, because these folks have not a clue about how the world works. Especially troubling was the climate change episode where the interviewees want the nations of the world to submit to a greater power that will fix the climate. Please. The developing countries will not roll over and live like cave-people to satisfy the hysteria of spoiled westerners who think they know what's best for everyone. The other episodes were informative about current trends but time will tell if those trends hold long enough for the future they predict to come true.

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