The world is full of modern-day prophets who follow the teachings of Nostradamus, notably Pastor Ricardo Salazar and Joel C. Rosenberg. Here are their ten predictions for 2016:
10. Worsening Crisis in Yemen
In 2016, a calamity will unfold in Yemen. Oil and gas reserves will dwindle to zero and Sana’a will become the first capital city in the world to completely run out of water. The situation will worsen with rising fuel prices. Trucks bringing supplies from outside will no longer be able to make up the shortfall – resulting in widespread looting, rioting and violence.
9. A Cure for HIV is for the First Time Commercially Sold
HIV/AIDS was a virus that was first coined in 1983. By the early 2010s, the virus had killed over 35 million people worldwide and another 34 million were living with it. Although a cure remains in a distant future, antiretroviral treatments were able to slow the progression of the disease and provide patients with a near-normal life expectancy.
In 2012, a vaccine known as SAV001 – which had previous success in animal subjects – began Phase 1 human clinical trials in Canada. This randomised, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled study used a ground-breaking technique involving a genetically modified, killed whole-virus vaccine. SAV001 was administered to infected men and women aged 18 to 50. Results from the trials showed that patients experienced no adverse effects – no local reactions from the injections, or any signs, symptoms, or reactions to any potential toxicities – while significantly boosting immunity. With proven safety and tolerability in humans, the experimental vaccine went on to Phase II and Phase III trials, with similar results.
By the end of 2016, it is predicted that SAV001 will be commercially available for the first time ever.
8. A drug that Prevents Obesity
A drug that helps people eat whatever they want without gaining weight will be introduced in 2016. This works by tricking the body into reacting as though it was already fed. Though initially expensive, there is enormous demand for this product, leading to a rapid fall in obesity levels in almost all parts of the world – especially in countries like the US, which until now had been experiencing a crisis in this regard. Average life expectancy is increased as a result, since there are less people dying of obesity-related disorders.
7. A Network of Low Orbiting Drones
A network of low orbiting drones or satellites will connect to each other and map most global cities and feed/store real-time video that will help police forces solve most crimes before they take place.
6. The Downfall of North Korean Totalitarian Regime
North Korea will be unified with South Korea and create one of the top successful economic forces in the region. Kim Jong-un will be overthrown by some of his most trusted advisers. Just this year, North Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ has put 15 senior officials to death. Those executed included two vice minister-level officials.
5. Computers that Read Humans Minds
Computers will be able to read your mind and pull up files or surf the internet by merely scanning your eyes while you’re looking at the screen.
4. Economic Turmoil
The U.S. economy just recently started to recover from the recession that hit them in 2007-2008. The number of jobs created was increasing and people are slowly, but surely, were finding their way back into the workforce. But now, the Levy Economics Institute says that macro models are showing that another debt-laden financial crisis might be upon us. Caused by increased borrowing, which translates into rising debt levels, the crisis might occur as early as 2016, and this time, it will be based on consumer and corporate debt.
3. Canabis Legalization
With Canada as well as more US states expected to legalize cannabis, the industry is expecting to look particularly verdant come 2016. A recent report suggested US revenues would top $35bn, suggesting a transformation of cannabis’ image in just a short while.
2. IBM Joins Cloud Computing
This will come almost entirely through its SoftLayer subsidiary. A recent test by a cloud platform provider found SoftLayer trounced Microsoft and Amazon at pure performance. SoftLayer might go down as the best acquisition IBM ever made.
1. A Blood Test To Document Virus History
Beginning in the summer of 2016, you may be able to unlock the archives of every virus you have ever contracted for $25. These archives will become available through a newly developed test that only requires a blood test to detect your history of illnesses.
VirScan, which hasn’t hit the market yet, makes an ordinary blood test seem outdated and old. There are 206 viruses and 1,000 different strains that are known to affect humans. VirScan will be able to test for all of them.