It's 2062. Halley's Comet has come and gone. How do you think things have changed in the 50 years since 2012?
As an example, in the 50 years since 1962 we had a narrowly averted nuclear conflict but no actual nuclear war despite fears of it. The price of gasoline jumped a whole lot, but we still use it because it's an efficient energy source. People thought we'd have a lot more nuclear power plants, but we don't. Fusion energy has, of course, been 10 to 20 years away, constantly.
We got to the Moon, then kinda stopped forging onward, despite sci-fi's prediction of Space Odysseys and Making Contact. Pretty much no one expected the Internet, though. It's helping people have faster access to knowledge about the wide world, but it's forcing major changes to infrastructure that was designed to transport physical products.
A few countries changed borders, more changed regimes, but a lot stayed the same. The Soviet Union dismantled itself peacefully, and the quality of life of many (but not all) former Soviet states improved. Iran is still Iran, Iraq is Iraq. Afghanistan got invaded a couple times, but the invaders never really got what they hoped. Brazil had a military dictatorship, but not anymore. Ditto Spain and I'm sure tons of others I'm not familiar with.
A lot of industrialized countries implemented or expanded social welfare programs, and some are now cutting them in the wake of the financial crisis.
For the average American citizen, you have access to more entertainment options, and TV seems to be better-written than it used to be. Cuisine is a bit more culturally varied, but unless you're well-off you probably eat a lot of empty calories, contributing to obesity. Cars are safer, the air and water are cleaner, minorities aren't as harassed as they used to be. People are more willing to talk about sex and other 'private' things. You'll probably live longer, but your last couple years will devour tons of money because there are so many ways to extend life, just not cheaply.
You're less likely to make something, more likely to provide a service. If you have weird hobbies or strong opinions, it's easier to find groups of people who share them. You can get in touch with people around the world more easily, but you're probably less likely to hang out with your neighbors. You're more likely to leave behind records of your existence - pictures, videos, data on the internet. You probably think your taxes are too high, just like everyone ever (except Warren Buffett).
The temperature is a little warmer, on average.
So, what do you foresee?