Articles such as–"what will work look like in 2030?"—are constantly being posed in public: e.g. "What will education look like in...?", what will this organization look like...?", "what will healthcare look like...?", "what will conflict look like in...?" etc. etc. If it were possible to answer such questions by predicting or making trend assessments and projections there would be no alternative to do anything but try to get very good at adaption and survival (antifragile, resilient, etc).
Certainly some things cannot be modified or changed in the environment–such as the effects of natural laws–but the questions that ought to be posed for contexts and particulars that can be changed should focus on "what would be desirable in...?", "what ought to become a reality in...?", "what needs to become a reality in...?" etc. In other words, we should be asking design questions that are actionable rather than merely asking questions that are only reaction-able.