Every phase of your life could be subject to change in just the next 10 years as innovators tinker with the status quo … regardless of the consequences those changes might have on our lives.

In decades past, revolutionary changes may have taken five years to take hold. Today, dramatic changes can sweep the country, the world, in a matter of months.

Traditional ways of doing things can be turned upside down almost over night. This can be very disturbing and it makes many people uncomfortable. Some of the breakthroughs are life changing and totally disrupt lives.

Well, visionaries say we haven’t seen anything, yet! In the immediate future, everything is about to change again and again. Many people can’t afford to keep up.

The Wall Street Journal marked its 125th anniversary July 8 with a special section. They asked leading thinkers, innovators and artists to share their visions of where the world is headed.

Innovation is not slowing down, in fact, it’s racing ahead. No industry can afford to sit still. If you are sitting still, taking a breather, you are falling behind and will soon be relegated to a scrap heap, a museum or made irrelevant by the latest new technology.

The stampede to the future has little concern for the consequences. The innovators just want to get to the future first, then clean up the carnage later. In many areas, this rush to change the world is irresponsible.

Tens of thousands of engineers at Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are dreaming of ways to change the way we live and communicate. A great revolution is on the horizon they predict.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, says the Internet is still in its infancy. Only one-third of the world is currently connected. That 2.7 billion number will grow to over 5 billion.

There will be a global sense of community. Your friends and family will include people living around the world. This will lead to a whole new sharing dynamic.

Think back to how the world changed when the world was introduced to the miracles of the printing press, radio, television, mobile phones and the Internet.

If you think drone technologies are in the distant future, think again. Same for 3-D printing technologies. We may associate drones with the military but it is already an open platform for dozens of other applications.

These new products will soon be everywhere. Yes, there are legal and safety hurdles in the way but they will be addressed. Think what this will do to millions of middle class workers in doomed industries?

James Gorman, chairman of Morgan Stanley, predicts that the number of bank branches will decline from 97,000 now to about 10,000 in the future as a result of mobile devices. For banks, the bricks and mortar we are accustom to will become obsolete.

Big banks will get bigger. The concept of cash will be relegated to museums. Transactions will all be done on handheld devices. Can we trust this technology? Or, is it no different than using credit/debit cards?

There will be more online savings vehicles, crowdfunding and loan syndicating by insurance companies, pensions and hedge funds, Gorman said.

Despite having powerful safety devices on electronic devices, determined cybercriminals will steal so much they will force nations to establish deposit-insurance-like entities to cover the massive thefts.

As we’ve already seen, personal privacy is already a thing of the past, says Richard Clarke, a senior adviser to three recent presidents. Cybersecurity will be a major issue for all of us.

In just 20 years, most people won’t be able to remember a time when they had privacy. Wearable sensors will allow government agencies and corporate giants to know your every move, every transaction you make.

Huge data centers will collect and store data about your health, location, movement, political views, buying habits, finances, relationships and security risks. You won’t be able to avoid Big Brother.

As the way we live changes, creating jobs will be a great economic challenge, admits Larry Summers, Harvard professor and former U.S. Treasury secretary. Tens of millions of workers will be forced to find employment in other sectors.

Back in simpler days, one in 30 men between 25 and 54 could not find work. Today, that ratio is one in six men, Summers says.

Software is eating the world’s labor force. As technology and robots flourish, tens of millions of workers will be displaced. They will either be long-term unemployed, or they will be banished to a lifetime of minimum wage jobs. Poverty rates will soar.

Alice Waters, a chef and founder of Chez Panisse restaurant, says Americans have eaten their way to a really bad place, but that is going to change. Eating unhealthy food has caused over 60% of Americans to be overweight.

The country is hostage to fast-food giants, factory farms and industrial food manufacturers who use harmful amounts of sugar, salt, corn, wheat, additives and laboratory-produced chemicals to make the food products we crave.

Waters believes this trend will be rejected by consumers. Americans will demand healthy foods and will buy more from farmers’ markets and we’ll see a revival of small mom and pop restaurants.