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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is out with its annual forecast of what the world will look like in 2050.

The report focuses on six “gamechanging” trends and events that will shape the world in the coming years.

Some we were mostly aware of — like threats to global economies from developed countries’ deficits.

But many others — like the prospect of new technology and the potential for increased conflict — surprised us.

Read on to see what the world will look like.

Gamechanger 1: The Crisis-Prone Global Economy

Gamechanger 1: The Crisis-Prone Global Economy

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

CRISIS ECONOMY: “Drastic measures” will be necessary to curb growing fiscal liabilities in developed countries.

CRISIS ECONOMY: The global share of financial assets becomes much more evenly distributed.

CRISIS ECONOMY: Commodity instability will hit China and India, who remain import dependent.

CRISIS ECONOMY: Durations of business cycles will become significantly shorter…

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