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Bold predictions for 2022

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Nobody knows what 2022 will bring. But one woman thinks she has a pretty good idea. Her name is Marian Salzman, and she is a leading futurologist with a pretty good track record. She predicted a “bunker mentality” months before Covid hit. Now she is offering her predictions for 2022, and she isn’t painting a pretty picture. In short, she suggests 2022 will be a lot like 2021, which looked a lot like 2020, saying it will be a “tormented year.” The nation’s political divide will only get worse she warns, and America will lose some of its shine on the world stage. Climate change will threaten to make water a precious resource and will make massive storms the new normal. On the job front, Salzman suggests that more employees, from office workers to manufacturing jobs will be replaced by robots. Education will continue to be a mix of in-person and hybrid learning, while more people will welcome robot pets into their home. Of course, all of this is just a guess from someone who calls themselves a futurologist. But if she’s right, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild ride.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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