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 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 aging. 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 aging 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 real 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, in the novel’s depiction of a psychiatric drug that grants its users a level of tranquility and unassuming joy that is almost unprecedented. The future pf 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 assistance 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 fight against Tuberculosis, HIV AIDS and childhood diseases especially in Africa.