Not only is this ridiculous, it’s not even particularly well thought-out science fiction.
Well, it’s not TERRIBLE, but the author makes the universal mistake of predicting that the future will for the most part be an extension of current trends and science fiction ideas. Frankly, the entire thing reads like a computer geek who’s reasonably creative, but not clever enough to really shake the dust off his boots. He’s still citing the Internet, UNIX, bitching about the 2000 election, and fashionable 2003 issues. In other words, it’s precisely the crap a computer geek would consider important in 2003, all rolled up in a rather cliched post-armageddon scenario copied from any number of B-list films. The fakery’s rather blatant.
I have cited examples before in other threads, but if you read predictions and flights of fancy from 15, 20, 30 years ago, you will find authors - even really smart ones, like Carl Sagan - had absolutely no idea what the future held. Prognosticators of 1978 predicted the world of 2003 would be 1978 + the trends of the time; they didn’t predict the Internet or the collapse of the USSR or any of that. An accurate prediction of the world of 2037 would not sound like an extension of today’s hot issues. It would likely present us with a world full of issues and developments we would find completely surprising.
My guess is that the lielihood of the people of 2037 even remembering what UNIX is is, well, about the same as the likelihood an average person off the street today being able to tell you what FORTRAN is.