Penny Trusty, 74, a retired software designer and grandmother of five, poses for a photo in her home in Rockville, Md., Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you’ll hear some dreary forecasts. Whether they foresee runaway technology or runaway government, rampant poverty or vanishing morality, a majority of Americans predict a future worse than today. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)