What do you expect the world will be like as we get close to 2040?
I'm not asking what you'd prefer to happen, or what you're working to make happen. I'm hoping that you can take the 'outside view', remembering how successful - and unsuccessful - past lobbying and pressure groups have been. Large trends or small, worldwide or personal - when the rubber meets the road, what are the most likely items you think you should plan for?
(I'm preparing an outline for a science-fiction story, and am looking for a few perspectives that I rarely read about in SF.)