The greatest impact on American society in the next generation?

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

What event/invention/development will have the greatest impact on American society in the next gernation? why?

The greatest challenge for the next generation will be coping with ever-increasing longevity. At this point, we don’t know exactly what breakthroughs in medical science will ensue, but we have reasons to believe that some breakthroughs will happen and their impact on life expectancy will be substantial and upward. The young parents of today are likely to live at least until 90, if not 95, which under current Social Security statues means 25-30 years in retirement with steadily decreasing quality of life and ever-expanding need for long-term care…

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