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We will live almost double the years we do now. The humans of the future will regenerate their body parts. Medicines will assume an even more vital role in improving the quality of future generations

2020
There will be artificial versions of all key body parts. Brain accidents and Alzheimer's disease will be fully cured by brain implants. Making body spare parts will become an industry. Stem cell pharmacies will be common place
 
Contact lenses will beam words and images into the eye. Computerised nerve stimulation and exo-skeletal robotics will help those with spinal injuries

2030
A vaccine will eradicate Aids

Active skin technology will help blast e-capsules into skin surface that go deep enough to make links to nerve endings, helping cure Parkinson's

Virtual love making will be a reality. Couples will be able to link peripheral nervous systems via active skin for enhanced love making

2040
Microscopic machines will help repair damaged cells and organs. It will be possible to back up memories and personality traits

The predictions are compiled from the writings of futurists Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock and The Third
Wave; Ian Pearson, a futurologist with Futurizon who is credited to have an "85 per cent accuracy at the 10 year
horizon"; Patrick Dixon, business consultant and head of trends forecasting company Global Change; Ray
Kurzweil, author and inventor with interests in optical character recognition and speech recognition; and Thomas
Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute; among others

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 12-12-2011)