What will our world be like in 2035? – Our favorite cryptos will they have disappeared or will they be more than ever at the heart of our lives? Will the Bitcoin blockchain have changed the face of the world? We had fun, through little stories, imagining our world in the not-so-distant future. The story that follows is fictionalized, imaginary, without any pretension to guess the future. Have fun with us and embark on the DeLorean JDC, direction 2055!
In 2055, climate change dictates the world
Between food shortages and rationing, the world of tomorrow
November 12, 2055, Toul, 6:15 a.m. – 30°C in the alleys of the pink city, formerly known as Toulouse. From March to December, the cities of the south of France now heat up under a blazing sun. Temperatures that would make our current, now obsolete, ‘heat wave alerts’ ridiculous. To neglect too much climate change for the benefit of banking turpitude, humanity has burned its wings.
Sarah walks briskly along the Place du Capitole. She takes advantage of the relative freshness of the morning to go shopping. The food available, although limited by rationing policies, very often disappears from the shelves at night. Due to climate change, the production capacities of maize, soybeans, and wheat are reduced from year to year. Cultures are withering, disrupting the diets of all of humanity. Now more than ever is the time for restrictions and rationing.
6:35 a.m. – Sarah arrives in front of the almost empty fish stall.
“You don’t have any salmon?” she asks the fishmonger.
– Unfortunately no, not today. But we have jellyfish. The oceans are full of them.
– No thanks. No thank you.
Due to decades of intensive fishing, humans have broken the ocean food chain and caused the disappearance of most species of fish. The aquatic ecosystem has died out, and so has fishing.
CBDCs, the government’s hold on citizens’ money
6:50 am – At the checkout, Sarah takes out her cell phone.
– That will be 127 e-euros, madam.
Refused payment. Sarah grumbles. A notification pops up on his cell phone. ‘Payment limited to 120 e-euros today’. The government now has full control over people’s spending with these damn MNBC, thinks Sarah. If only the citizens had known what awaited them, this law could never have been passed in 2026. Annoyed, Sarah returns her tomatoes to the cashier.
11:30 a.m. – After her 4 hours of work at the Hair Mind hairdressing salon, Sarah returns home. She sweats profusely at 40°C in the sun. Between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., the heat is such that the whole of France stops working. People are cloistered at home until the temperature becomes bearable again.
Faced with energy shortages, the emergence of the 15-minute city concept
Air conditioning is an old-world luxury, just like cars. Today energy and raw materials are scarce and expensive. Gold, without energy and raw materials, no construction, no maintenance, no renovations, no innovation.
On foot or by bike, that’s the watchword. The concept of the 15-minute city has never been so firmly rooted in reality. The neighborhoods gradually split into small independent towns, linked together by a large-scale redeployed rail network. Markets, care, places for associations, work. Humanity has evolved into a local society with limited possibilities for movement. It is now trying in vain to adapt to this new era dictated by climatic forces that are beyond it.
Bitcoin, a disappeared currency…or maybe not
The game to escape the harsh reality
2:20 p.m. – After eating, Sarah launches with Nicolas, her husband, and their favorite game, Famous. An online game in which players gather in guilds, discuss, cultivate the land, exchange foodstuffs, conquer territories, and engage in battle. But it is above all an escape for a population tired of living in a dying world. People take refuge in their universe, parallel and digital. A world in which they can also collect valuable virtual coins, the Sats. Forbidden money circulating secretly in society, in the shadow of state MNBCs.
People exchanged services and commodities for Sats. This black market currency is synonymous with hope for a population enslaved by a totalitarian government.
Bitcoin mining, the resurgence of a vanished technology
7:30 p.m. – After a tiring day of work, Sarah goes to the newsagent. Nicolas lent her his laptop so she could buy the newspaper. He still has 15 e-euros left to spend on his meter today.
— Hey, the neighboring town, Ouse, has just completed its solar power plant, she exclaims out loud.
“Rumour has it they plan to mine Sats with it,” the merchant whispers.
“Mining?” That’s to say?
— Ba, what do they produce?
– Oh good? Can we create seats?
“Indeed, my little lady. But, it takes a mining machine. There was a time when everyone knew that and when these machines were numerous. Alas, state propaganda has done its work. No one dares to talk about it anymore, so no one knows it anymore.
“Do you know how to get such a device?” asks Sarah, piqued by a burning curiosity.
– Ah, I say interesting things, huh? the salesman whispers to him, beckoning him to approach. I know a guy well, rue de Mirepoix, a small house that does not look like much. Go see it for me.
7:45 p.m. – Sarah is coming home.
– Nico, we have to go see someone tomorrow. I learned an amazing thing…
Propaganda and monetary power, sins of humanity in perdition
In 2055, humanity has lost faith in the future. Less frequent births reflect the crumbled confidence of a species that is about to disappear. Thinking he had conquered everything, Man lost his way, trapped by his vanity.
However, any dictatorship, however powerful that of the currency, ends up one day or another by being overthrown. And this lost word, ‘Bitcoin’father of the precious ‘Sats’, could well change everything…
In one of the worst scenarios, it is easy to imagine Humanity being helpless to fight against its demons and its quest for all power. Governments incapable of recognizing their faults are trapped by the lobbies of a consumerist and financial system that they created. Man will then be called to order by the only force which is still superior to him, the nature that he has disrupted. Even if in their conquest of power, politicians sweep away the rights of citizens, such a system will one day or another be overthrown by a human being irrepressibly attracted to freedom. And bitcoin, by his ideology, represents one of these vectors. Unstoppable technology that governments will have no choice but to deal with.