Friday, July 24, 2009

FLASHBACK - Revolution, Flashmobs and Brain Chips (A Grim Vision of the Future in 2035 A.D.)

This article from the Guardian back in 2007 provides a glimpse thirty (30) years into the world's future. It appears that many of these things will likely come true, so was this article a vision or an actual battleplan? I am looking for the original Ministry report upon which this article is based.

Information chips implanted in the brain. Electromagnetic pulse weapons. The middle classes becoming revolutionary, taking on the role of Marx's proletariat. The population of countries in the Middle East increasing by 132%, while Europe's drops as fertility falls. "Flashmobs" - groups rapidly mobilised by criminal gangs or terrorists groups.

This is the world in 30 years' time envisaged by a Ministry of Defence team responsible for painting a picture of the "future strategic context" likely to face Britain's armed forces. It includes an "analysis of the key risks and shocks". Rear Admiral Chris Parry, head of the MoD's Development, Concepts & Doctrine Centre which drew up the report, describes the assessments as "probability-based, rather than predictive".

Source: Guardian

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