Starchild: How Malaysian kids see the world in 50 years


Mandy Tang, 6

Experts predict that the world will undergo remarkable changes in the next 50 years. From incredible technological advancements to a renewed focus on protecting the environment, our children are in for an extraordinary world ahead.

Imagine a world where cars zoom through the skies, powered by clean and renewable energy.

Flying cars would certainly reduce traffic congestion on the ground!

Robots will become our companions and helpers, performing tasks like cooking, cleaning, and even teaching us new things. We already see them at some restaurants, bring us our food! How cool is that?

Our planet could undergo a green revolution. Solar and wind power would be the primary energy sources, reducing pollution and combating climate change.

Tree-planting initiatives would be in full swing, transforming cities into lush green spaces where plants and wildlife thrive. The air will be cleaner, and everyone will work together to protect and preserve nature.

Children will play a crucial role in achieving this vision of the future. They will grow up to be innovators, problem solvers, and caretakers of the Earth.

So, children, dream big and work hard because the future is in your hands.

Here’s what Starchild readers had to say on the topic, Malaysia in 50 Years.

Chuah Seng Koon, 7Chuah Seng Koon, 7

Seven-year-old Chuah Seng Koon wonders if humans would live in space. “I cannot imagine what the world would be like in 50 years. Cars could be like spaceships. There won’t be any houses. Instead, our homes would be shaped like a rugby or a capsule. We could also find ourselves in Mars. The air could be cleaner on this new planet. The best part of living in space is that our drinks would be like jelly.”

Wong Zhi Ying, 9Wong Zhi Ying, 9

Wong Zhi Yi, nine, thinks the world would probably look very different in 50 years as people would be selling things with artificial intelligence. “I could have superpowers like teleporting. I might have a robot which would do whatever I instructed it to do. However, I would be a lazy person. People would travel to places using hoverboards and jetpacks. I think our earth would be controlled by artificial intelligence in the years to come.”

“The world might be under the water in 50 years. People might grow mushrooms to live in them. They might have to be in scuba diving gear. Turtles, fishes, crabs and lobsters might be their pets. I hope I will live in this underwater world,” says Mandy Tang, six.

Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 5Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 5

“In 50 years, we will have access to robotic suits that we can put on to do awesome things. We can fly to different places and have super strength. We can teleport too. We may even have robots that can bring us to space, writes Asher Wang Qi Chuen, five.

“50 years from now, I imagine robots will do many household chores. There will be robot babysitters to care for babies; robots to comb and detangle our hair; robots that help with homework; and all-in-one cleaning robots for the house. Fathers and mothers will no longer be so busy and have more time to enjoy other things,” says older sibling Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, eight.

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 8Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 8

Six-year-old Haley Khoo writes: “In 50 years, I will be 56 and my parents and grandparents will still be alive because everyone will be superhumans. We will also be living in outer space. We won’t need astronaut suits and can float and land anytime we want. We will also eat space snacks like air-dried macaroni and spaghetti that can last forever, and crunchy ice creams that never melt. In 50 years, we can charge our phones and devices using solar power.”

Haley Khoo, 6Haley Khoo, 6

ITEM: A visit to an animal park or zoo is always fun. You can spend hours there and yet feel that the visit was too short. What do you think of the animals at these parks? Do you feel they are well treated? Do you want to see more programmes arranged specially for children? Have you been to Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur? Tell us what you know of Zoo Negara compared to other zoos that you have visited. Email your contributions to lifestyle@thestar.com.my by June 16. Please put “STARCHILD: Animal Park” in the subject line of your email.

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