1. FutureTrends Project
Joel Chan 2P110
Calvin Chen 2P202
2. Lack of online privacy
The future scenario states that employers have legal access to
their potential employees’ education history, employment
history, references from their mentors, as well as their personal life
stream published on social media tools like Facebook.
This could be a problem as citizens lack online privacy and their
personal safety could be compromised.
3. Research: Finland Case study
Each year, a thousand people in Finland seal their contact information from
the public because they fear for their own or their family’s safety. Roughly half
of the orders are sought for professional reasons, and the rest because of
abusive family situations. In fact, Finland’s organization for victim support
recommends privacy orders to protect personal safety, especially when
restraining orders fail to do the job.
“We recommend privacy orders in situations related to abusive spousal
relationships – especially when the abuse does not end with divorce,” says
Jaana Koivukangas ofVictim Support Finland.
4. Lack of patriotism
The future scenario states that more and more citizens doubt their own love
for the country and have no attachment to the country. Even Wan Ching and
her friends start to doubt their own love for the country and have no sense of
attachment to the country.
This may cause the issue of lack of patriotism in the country and citizens
may abandon their country in times of hardship.
John Kennedy once said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill,
that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
Enoch Powell, a prominent British politician, mentioned once, “I believe that, in
order to live a full and satisfying life, a man needs to have a picture not only of the
community to which he belongs and of his place in it, but also of the place and destiny
of that community in the outside world. If you care to call this patriotism, so much the
Politician throughout history have backed and supported patriotism, love for your
country, to be essential in the very success of the country.
6. Income Inequalities
The future scenario states that the majority of citizens aspire to be self-
employed. The future scenario states that Wan Ching is determined to be self-
employed in the future. Also, the results of a recent survey by a private
company shows that 77% of Singaporeans aspire to be self-employed.
This may cause inequalities in income in society and may lead to decrease in
the economic productivity of citizens.
Based on Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is
a non-ministerial department of the UK Government responsible
for the collection of taxes, the disparity of income between self-
employed and employed people are quite obvious.
8. Education pressures
The future scenario states that most ofWanChing’s high school
classmates are groomed from young and strongly influenced into
attending universities around the world. Her parents had spent much
money in engaging a renowned mentor forWanChing to personally
guide and develop her talents.
The stress and high expectations could lead to unmotivated students.
As a result, students may underperform in their tertiary education.
A critical issue concerning stress among students is its effect on learning.
TheYerkes-Dodson law (1908) postulates that individuals under low and high
stress learn the least and that those under moderate stress learn the most. A
field study and laboratory tests support the notion that excessive stress is
harmful to students' performance.
Although some stress is necessary for personal growth to occur, the
amount of stress can overwhelm a student and affect the ability to cope.
10. Research Cont’d
SinceWorld War II, changes in American higher education include
growth in the size and complexity of institutions and increased
diversity among students. A consequence of that rapid growth has
been a loss of personal attention to students. One measure of
excessive stress, or distress, in college students is the use of mental
health services. A second measure of distress in college students
is the dropout rate. Although nationwide figures are difficult to
obtain, an estimated 50 percent of entering freshmen do not
finish college four years later (Hirsch and Keniston 1970).
11. Lack of freedom in society
The future scenario states that the government in 2047 coerces
their citizens to sign social contracts to perform compulsory duties
for the nation.
This may result in lack of freedom in the nation as they are bound
to the country by mere contracts, and citizens could become
disgruntled as a side-effect.
Based on the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a social contract is an actual or
hypothetical compact between the ruled and their rulers and is most closely
associated with the writings ofThomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques
Mainly, social contracts are based and mitigate four important factors,
equality of need, scarcity, equality of human power and limited altruism.
13. Research Cont’d
“So, taken together these factors create real problems in the absence of any
social order or moral rules. How can we prevent these factors from leaving us
in the state of nature?The strongest incentive is to avoid the state of nature
and the “war of all against all” that Hobbes mentioned.
To do this we need to establish that we will not harm one another and
second that we will keep our word with one another.These two factors are
considered as the primary responsibility of government. Escaping the state of
nature has its beneﬁts but the social contract does come with a price. We
must be willing to give up some of our liberty in order to secure a stable
14. Fundamental Problem
Given the inference that the citizens of Singapore in 2047
are being forced by the government into signing social
contracts and face a lack of online privacy on social media
, how might we increase the freedom of these citizens so
that they will be more optimistic about their future in the
year 2047 and beyond?
Red = Condition Phrase
Green = KeyVerb Phrase
Blue = Purpose
Purple = Future Scene Parameters
1) Finland Case Study-”Finland’s lack of privacy has dangerous consequences”,
by Phil Schwarzmann, a Finnish author, 22 August 2007
2) Quotes of John Kennedy and Enoch Powell
3) Self-employment and Employment Income disparities Chart, by Rick
(pseudonymous author) of prominent blog FlipChart FairyTales
4) Student Stress: Effects and Solutions. ERIC Digest 85-1., by Neal Whitman
5) Introduction to the social contract theory, by Kevin J. Browne, assistant professor
of philosophy at Jefferson Community andTechnical College
17. Thank you for your kind attention!