The trends toward urbanization and agricultural mechanization will continue. Fewer people will be involved in producing crops. This trend is driven by commercial agriculture and encourages standardization and consolidation.
Knowledge is driving changes in the economies of all nations. The dissemination of technology will continue to create momentum for innovation. New technologies and the resulting products are being picked up by scientists and entrepreneurs in countries all over the world (with or without respect for intellectual property). These new ideas and capabilities will drive social and economic change within and beyond the sphere of the industrialized countries. On the individual level, the advantages of widely available information will be counterbalanced by the problems of information overload and the unreliability of widely disseminated information.