Nearly all the things that are to be seen in science-fiction-movies are due to become real in our near future, be it:
1. Robots/AI's (not only in manufacturing companies but everywhere, as if they were humans... replacing humans from most jobs (think for example Robocop), cars/trains/planes that drive autonomously...)
2. Cloning of humans and genetical improving, and reproduction is becoming fully artificial and children raised in state-facilities, families becoming extinct and men/women becoming way more similar/androgyn
3. Nanotechnology allowing us to connect all humans as if we were telepathic with a virtual reality-frame over the normal reality, maybe leading to a change in politics away from representative democracy towards a direct one, maybe even an automated one, combined with 1.
4. Flights to the moon and mars or some of the moons around Saturn/Jupiter for private people, as if they were outside colonies (financed through ressources found there)
These and others will have a major transforming effect on our societies and maybe there is a need to discuss it before it all comes together.
Edited by Nightcrawler - 12/13/12 at 9:32am