In 10 years people will wear earpieces that whisper realtime translations of foreign languages, and language barriers will fall forever.
Much of the success of globalization depends on English as a common language. There are now twice as many non-native English speakers as natives speakers. “Currently, when Korean-speaking businesspeople speak with Mandarin-speaking executives at a conference in Brazil, they converse in English. There will no longer be this need, opening the door of global business for nonelites and a massive number of non-English speakers.”