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A crucible is defined as a severe trial in which different elements interact leading to the creation of something new. That definition may well be the best description of what we face and what will happen in the remainder of the 21st century. It is accurate to predict the humanity that entered this century will bear little resemblance to the humanity that emerges at the end, providing we are still here.