My prediction of possible future of humanity:
Short term happy path scenario:
Humans will move on from “wants” to “needs”. They will figure out that most of the earth eco system will be spoilt if they pursue their wants or even fulfilling “needs” in suboptimal ways.
So, given that the “needs” are limited and not open ended like “wants”, the sustaining businesses will be about how to fulfill these “needs” in a most cost effective and least destructive way.
Listing the needs that I can think of now:
- reproduction / procreation
* Sustainable societal administrative systems
* Defence against natural disasters
* [More ?]
It would be a good bet to work on the “needs” and make them optimal as much as possible, if our current trajectory leans towards case 1
Long term happy path scenario:
Humans will reach a sustainable living style and will not destroy the earth eco system. Then survival from lower probability destruction of species like asteroid collision, gamma ray bursts or eventual death of solar system will be of major concern.
In that case, interstellar travel and search for most habitable new location becomes the need.
The case for businesses will be about how to fulfill these “needs” in a most cost effective and least destructive way.
Short term current trajectory projection:
Human “wants” will overtake our sense of survival and leads to destruction of earth ecosystem.
The magnitude of “wants” is only limited by the imagination.
The society will be an extreme example of inequality and earth for the most part will become a proverbial hell.
In this case too, interstellar travel and search for most habitable new location becomes the need, but only powered by need of survival of the 1%.
But technology will probably be built, results of which, I am currently unable to predict just yet.
Long term current trajectory projection:
Eventual destruction of earth as a human habitat, mostly triggered by human activities. Earth might lose much of its biodiversity, however life source will continue to survive, may lead to entire new chapter of life.
I am currently unable to predict just yet the chance of human species survival.