Future world fairs must focus on green technology which can help conserve the natural environment. They can also negate the impact of industrialization. They should focus on recycling, water purification, remediation and renewable energy sources. The environment is a major issue for all world nations. They can be highlighted in future world fairs (Schell, 1982). Alternate energy sources like solar energy and wind energy can create fewer problems than fossil fuels. They are much cleaner and do not damage the environment.
Global warming will be a major theme of futuristic world expositions. The reduction of greenhouse gases and pollution will be addressed. Futuristic technology which can sustain both human development and the environment will be the features of such expositions (Schell, 1982). The menace of world conflicts will also be addressed in future world expositions. Most of the citizens of the world desire a world which is prosperous, peaceful and free from conflicts. A future world exposition will generate new ideas about conflict resolution and to use pacifist means to prevent war.
A global anti war movement could effectively utilize a future world fair to enable its views to be heard in all parts of the globe. Other problems of the world like illiteracy, hunger, poverty, terrorism, environment destruction, low standard of living, lack of access to clean water and social problems will be the themes of future world expositions. New technologies of the future like nanotechnology, stem cell research, growing of human organs in animals and genetically modified crops will also be introduced in such futuristic world expositions.
The internet has created a new revolution for human beings. The huge accessibility of information is amazing given that a person can access it from anywhere in the globe. The concept of world fairs has not become obsolete by the advent of the internet. The internet can be successfully used to host a world fair. It would be an amazing introduction to the entire world. The world fairs can be based on different themes. They would focus on the issues confronting human beings (Schurman, 2006). The best type of future world fair would be one which is both in cyberspace and in real society.
Visitors who can travel to the country hosting the exposition can see the pavilions, concepts, themes and stalls. People who are unable to travel to the host country can access it from the internet. While the internet is a huge portal of information not every person has the time or resources to access the information. An internet based world exposition would centralize the concepts and themes of the 21st century. It would provide easy accessibility for the people who want to access it and understand the issues confronted by human beings.
The future world fair will not be hosted by countries but instead would be a collection of concepts and ideas by individuals and private organizations. This would facilitate the exchange of cultural ideas and help promote global peace. Future world fairs must focus on the social issues of the 21st century. The threat of terrorism and warfare must be countered by facilitating a dialogue between individuals representing various civilizations. World fairs have been the third largest world events since the nineteenth century. They have been important in the exchange of ideas and concepts between civilizations.
They have been instrumental in introducing new technologies to the people. They have also presented a utopian vision of the future. World fairs of the 20th century focused on solving the social issues of the world (Schurman, 2006). The Internet world exposition of 1996 spearheaded a new concept in world exposition. For the first time a world fair was held which was totally in cyberspace. It allowed thousands of people to access it from the internet. However the nature of the expositions has changed and will change in the future. They are unique because now every person can participate and experience them.
Anyone can access the expo site and become part of the global community. They can be experienced from the computer. Future world fairs must be a combination of being internet based and by society. They will focus on the environment and new technologies which can help in sustaining the environment and human development. A future world fair which combines the technology of the present and the styles of the past will definitely help in promoting global peace and globalization. It will also bring a better future where everyone is living a peaceful and prosperous life free of conflicts and warfare.
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