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Ebola - Black Death 2.0?

A nasty disease lurks in the hot African jungle that could spread rapidly around the world, thanks to the miracle of jet age technology and globalisation.

It burns you up in a searing fever and makes you bleed from your eyes, ears, nose and rectum. There is little hope of survival, and if you do it leaves you scarred for life and can come back at any moment. Even your eyes can change colour.

Is a global pandemic inevitable? Even a natural consequence of a human population explosion out of control?

Will human numbers be naturally culled to save the planet? A US woman died recently and no antibiotic on the planet could save her from a killer superbug.

We are not yet a two planet species and have yet to unlock the door to space exploration. Our current world can only take so many souls.

Exoskeletons in Suburbia

You are standing in a quiet suburb of the near future. Maybe fifty or a hundred years away. How will things have changed in terms of transport?

Certainly the noise of fossil fuel engines will be gone, replaced by quiet self driving cars making up mass transit systems. Emitting sleek, scifi sounds to warn pedestrians. Some head out on special lines towards the edge of the city to link up with the Hyperloop.

What of those bipedal pedestrians? The young and able will still be using their limbs to move but what of the old? Will the omnipresent mobility scooter be a distant memory, replaced by legions of the old strutting around in whirring exoskeletons? Who no longer need a helping hand across the street and if you try to steal that old lady's handbag she'll punch you like Iron Man.

More likely these descendants of the children now playing around us will be using self driving cars door to door. Perhaps aided by a humanoid care assistant to their home.

You'll notice that white…