How am I supposed to live in this world

How people imagine the world in 2050

How will we live in 2050? Is corona still an issue then? Which crises will we have survived by then? And what opportunities did you use? In our new series “This is what the world will look like in 2050”, people from science, media and business outline how they imagine the future.

How will we live in 2050? We asked people about it.


2020 is such a year in which many of us wish for a distant future. What happens once this crisis is over? Will everything go back to the way it was before or even better? How will we live in 30 years? We asked people from science, business and society how they imagine the year 2050. In our new series "This is what the world will look like in 2050 " we will tell you their answers.

How will we live after the corona crisis?

This time it has Thomas Ramge Thought about the more or less distant future. He is a bestselling author and journalist as well as a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society and writes for the business magazine “Brand eins”, among other things.

Thomas Ramge is a non-fiction author and journalist.

Photo: Peter van Heese Happy New Year! New Year's Eve is over, 2049 was yesterday. The year is now 2050. Tell us what the world looks like today.

In 2050 the world will be ...

... much more peaceful than 30 years ago. Because we have succeeded in solving the energy problem once and for all. We have renewable energies in abundance everywhere, almost free of charge. Supplemented by small, decentralized nuclear power plants and some nuclear fusion reactors.

Cars are ...

... actually not a big issue anymore. They pick us up and bring us autonomously and electrically from A to B. Why should you give cars a lot of thought? They're banal anyway and all the same, like laptops in the past.

Living in my city in the year 2050 ...

... further around four million people. Many continued to move to Berlin, but many also left the city to live in the country.

It's a big problem this year that ...

... we spend far too much time in the Metaverse, the digital parallel world that keeps preventing us from enjoying our real life to the fullest. We just can't escape the spell of the digital dopamine addiction machines.

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Now mankind finally knows that on Mars ...

... life in these large glass domes is both arduous and dreary. Why did so many people decide to spend the rest of their lives here three decades ago? Because that Musk boasted that he wanted to die on Mars? These people were really stupid. The earth was and is so much more beautiful place.

Google is now ...

Who or what was Google again?

If I want to buy something, I need ...

... money.

My workplace is ...

... a desk with a computer and a keyboard in my study at home in a house that was built in 1897 when the company was founded. It was insulated very expensively in the 2020s due to new building regulations. In 2035 we disposed of the ugly insulation layer again for a lot of money, because from then on we could finally heat cheaply and CO2-neutrally with geothermal energy.

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When I look back on 2020, then ...

... I think of a time in a frenzied standstill. Hectic fuss in a time of paralysis and insecurity. 2020 was an awesome year. But in retrospect, the pandemic has helped us to focus on the essentials and to ask ourselves the question: How can technology help us to solve the really big problems? From 2022, anyone who advertised the latest car sharing app as "totally innovative" made a fool of themselves. From then on, innovation with technology meant: fighting poverty in the global south, getting climate change under control, defeating the great scourges of humanity from cancer to viruses and dementia.

Read the previous part of our series here

A contribution by:

  • Peter Seven

    Peter Sieben is content manager and responsible editor for After an internship at the Funke media group, he worked as an editor and reporter in various departments. He writes about technology, research and career topics.

  • Sarah Janczura

    Sarah Janczura is content manager and responsible editor for After an internship with a focus on social media, she worked as an online editor in a digital agency. She writes about technology, research and career topics.