What Will Life Look Like in 2050?

Pollsters at The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press called more than 1,500 Americans to ask them what life will be life 40 years from now.
Among those polled, 41 percent said they believe Jesus will have returned to earth by then (58 percent of white evangelical Christians, 32 percent of Catholics, 27 percent of mainline Protestants, and 20 percent of those who are religiously unaffiliated), while 46 percent of Americans dismiss the idea. Notably, 59 percent of those with no college education say Jesus will return, while only 35 percent of those with some college education and 19 percent of college graduates agree.
In total, almost two-thirds of Americans think religion in the United States will be about as important in 40 years as it is now, while 30 percent think religion will become less important.
In terms of scientific advancements, most Americans are optimistic, with 71 percent believing a cure for cancer will be found, 66 percent thinking artificial limbs will outperform real ones, and 63 percent expecting astronauts to have landed on Mars by 2050. Half say that there will definitely or probably be evidence that humans are not alone in the universe.
About 80 percent think computers will be able to carry on conversations like humans 40 years from now, while 42 percent say it is likely that scientists will be able to tell what people are thinking by scanning their brains. About half think scientists will have brought an animal species back from extinction through cloning, and 48 percent say humans cloning is probable.
Half of Americans, however, don’t expect improvements in the environment.
Overall, 64 percent of those surveyed said they are optimistic about their life and futureā€”a number that’s down from 81 percent in 1999.

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