In a terrifying, post-apocalyptic, doomsday scenario envisioned by the brains at the IBM Institute for Business Value, every new car on the market in 2020 would be some kind of a hybrid. Not only that, but they project cars which communicate, avoiding accidents and taking over certain driving tasks. The findings were published in a paper, ominously titled "Automotive 2020: Clarity Beyond the Chaos," after the consulting branch of Big Blue interviewed 125 auto execs across the globe.
This dismal future of fuel efficiency and dangerously silent cities can only be battled with vigilance and your buying dollars. Imagine a world where hippies fall into deep depressions after their banner method of communicating moral superiority becomes commonplace; muscle-car fiends sit on the floors of garages everywhere, weeping into their now-pointless toolboxes. Where you don't drive, your car drives you. The horror... the horror. [Wired]