The great figures of human history not only had a great effect on the eras in which they lived but on subsequent eras as well. The future is constantly being changed by those that live in the present. Through various forms of innovation and influence, people from all walks of life possess the ability to change the future. Find out in this article the 10 influential people living in the present but are future changers.
1. Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey is an English theoretical gerontologist. Well, Gerontology is the scientific study of ageing. De Grey, a superstar on the lecture circuit, has been promoting his strategies and theories for years. De Grey believes that it will be quite possible in the future to reverse the human ageing process, thus altering the future of our species and of life forms in general. This sounds like a great imagination and the theory he projected is amazing on paper but hold on a minute, what if it this becomes a reality in a few years to come?
2. Stephen Hawking
The world’s greatest living theoretical physicist has been changing the way we view the universe for decades. And his work is not done. Not since Einstein has there been a greater mind when it comes to the cosmos. Hawking’s landmark book, “A Brief History of Time,” remains an ingenious work, opening the eyes and minds of both experts and laymen alike, to the wonders and possibilities of physics. He has published other essays including Black Holes and Baby Universe, The Universe in a Nutshell and an international best-selling book: The Grand Design. He also challenged the Unified Field Theory which was proposed by the historically renowned Albert Einstein about the early model of the universe.
3. George Orwell
Considered long after his death to be an accurate prediction of the future, Orwell’s most famous work, “1984,” seems to become more and more relevant with each passing decade. The threat or horror of all-knowing human surveillance is always in the collective psyche. The year itself, 1984, has come and gone, but the ideas inherent in the dystopia depicted in the novel, seem to grow stronger and stronger in the public consciousness with each successive generation.
4. Aldous Huxley
Like his contemporary, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley’s most famous work, “Brave New World,” has long been considered a premonition or fantasy that has been somewhat realized. Most notable is the novel’s depiction of a psychiatric drug that grants its users a level of tranquillity and unassuming joy that is almost unprecedented. The future of pharmacology seems to bear a lot in common with the world of Huxley’s novel.
5. Bill Gates
Along with the ever-changing world of technology, of which Gates is a major contributor, it is his philanthropic efforts that might have as big as, if not an even bigger effect on the future. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is involved in a number of activities and charity-related ventures, but perhaps most noteworthy are their efforts to completely rid the planet of polio. Apart from polio, Bill and Melinda Gates are among the prominent financiers and proponents of the fight against Tuberculosis, HIV AIDS and childhood diseases, especially in Africa.
Not only is he the richest man in the world, Bill Gates is out to change the future with his groundbreaking endeavours.
6. David Lynch
The famed film director behind such cult classics as “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” may have more to offer the world of tomorrow than just his collection of motion pictures. Lynch has long been a proponent of transcendental meditation. The David Lynch Foundation is directly involved in the promotion of the exercise throughout the world. Particularly, Lynch’s group has made considerable strides in the education and application of transcendental meditation amongst war veterans, to help alleviate the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They have also been involved in America’s prison population, teaching meditative techniques to inmates.
Looks like he really can change the future.
7. Steve Jobs
He may be gone, but Apple is not. Perhaps no other company in the world is more at the forefront of technological innovation and excitement. Steve Jobs died in 2011 but his life’s passion lives on. Each year, Apple fascinates and intrigues us with their creativity and invention. The future and its changes will definitely carry the Apple logo as one of its signatures.
8. Neal deGrasse Tyson
Perhaps the world’s most famous astrophysicist and a straight-out scientific celebrity, Tyson promotes science with the same passion and excitement as his hero, Carl Sagan. Tyson could have a direct effect on the world and even change the future as he is one of the leading proponents of and lobbyists for greater amounts of funding for science, space exploration in particular, in the United States. His work could very well mean an even greater public zeal for exploration in the future than in the 1960’s.
9. LeBron James
Already considered by many to be the best athlete in the world, James could very well change the concept of the basketball player and the athlete in general, in the future. At 6’8″ and weighing 250 pounds, James can play practically any position on the court, and is amongst the most athletic players in the sport, making him almost an athletic anomaly.
10. Mark Zuckerberg
They’ve already made a movie about him and Facebook is a household term but Zuckerberg’s influence is far from over. The breadth of Facebook is international, and the social networking innovator could very well have some more tricks up his sleeve in the future. Humans are social animals and the social platform could not have come at a more appropriate time.
There are quite a number of people who are liable to change the future. So, this list is by no means exhausted. You can use our comment box below to include people who you think deserve to be named as we intend to keep rolling out the names of our world and future changers.