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Life in 2023

Ten local innovators speculate about what will come to pass—and cease to exist—within the next 10 years.

Mark Gorelick
Assistant professor of kinesiology at SFSU, owner and managing director of XPhys Consulting Group

“Fitness-monitoring devices will improve drastically—I suspect there will be a device that your physicians can use to quantify your well being. This device will be able to track your heartbeat in real time, and warn doctors of irregularities. In other words, the warning signs of something like a heart attack will be more transparent.”


Phil Libin
Chief executive officer of Evernote, entreprenuer

“There will be a blurring of the digital and real worlds as things are created to bridge that gap. Google Glass, or something similar, will be the norm—always having the digital world in your line of vision. You’ll be able to look down at the floor of a car and see the gears. People who grow up with these innovations will think they’re normal, just like kids today don’t know a world before Google and Wikipedia.”


Sarah Weiner
Director of the Seedling Projects and the Good Food Awards

“As we deplete our natural resources, oil prices will go up and food will cost more to ship. The result is that we’ll start bringing production closer to home, and people will start wasting less. As the consequences of the last decade or two of overindulgence become clear, more wind will be in the sails of people who are already beginning to cook more, eat well, and preserve the bounty of the season.”


Arturo Carmona
Executive director of

“I think that you’ll see some form of federal immigration reform, and it will help address some of the issues that have come up in the states, but whether or not it will address the 11 million currently undocumented people in this country is a bigger question. You’re also going to see a proliferation of Latino politicians elected to high-ranking offices, especially from states like California, Texas, and the throughout Southwest. The big challenge is what kind of elected officials they will be. It’s more than just having a Latino face. It’s having an understanding of the needs of Latinos: jobs, worker protection, wages, immigration policies, housing—all those are issues that must be addressed.”


Originally published in the April 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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