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Old 07-25-2009, 10:30 AM   #31
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Re: So, what will the World look like in 25/50 years?

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same as it ever was? There are, clearly, many smart cats that post in this forum. I mean, I hate to be a complete pessimist when there are many examples of the goodness humans have done and are capable of continuing to do.. but at the same time.. isnt the general state of man the same as it has always been?(at War, estranged from one another, etc.)

what are your goals? You all come here and type eloquently, but what realistically can be achieved? haha

big question..

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There's probably a 10% chance of some near-magical technological breakthrough that revolutionizes the way humans live. 15% chance of ecological or energy catastrophe that substantially lowers our standard of living. Otherwise, we will be considerably wealthier, but otherwise basically the same. The average Chinese and hopefully Indian will be as wealthy or wealthy as the average American today.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:34 AM   #32
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If we’re looking at the highlights of human development, you have to look at the evolution of the organism and then at the development of its interaction with the environment. Evolution of the organism will begin with the evolution of life perceived through the hominid coming to the evolution of mankind. Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man. Now, interestingly, what you’re looking at here are three strings: biological, anthropological — development of the cities — and cultural, which is human expression.

Now, what you’ve seen here is the evolution of populations, not so much the evolution of individuals. And in addition, if you look at the time scales that are involved here — two billion years for life, six million years for the hominid, 100,000 years for mankind as we know it — you’re beginning to see the telescoping nature of the evolutionary paradigm. And then when you get to agricultural, when you get to scientific revolution and industrial revolution, you’re looking at 10,000 years, 400 years, 150 years. You’re seeing a further telescoping of this evolutionary time. What that means is that as we go through the new evolution, it’s gonna telescope to the point we should be able to see it manifest itself within our lifetime, within this generation.

The new evolution stems from information, and it stems from two types of information: digital and analog. The digital is artificial intelligence. The analog results from molecular biology, the cloning of the organism. And you knit the two together with neurobiology. Before on the old evolutionary paradigm, one would die and the other would grow and dominate. But under the new paradigm, they would exist as a mutually supportive, noncompetitive grouping. Okay, independent from the external.

And what is interesting here is that evolution now becomes an individually centered process, emanating from the needs and desires of the individual, and not an external process, a passive process where the individual is just at the whim of the collective. So, you produce a neo-human, okay, with a new individuality and a new consciousness. But that’s only the beginning of the evolutionary cycle because as the next cycle proceeds, the input is now this new intelligence. As intelligence piles on intelligence, as ability piles on ability, the speed changes. Until what? Until we reach a crescendo in a way could be imagined as an enormous instantaneous fulfillment of human, human and neo-human potential. It could be something totally different. It could be the amplification of the individual, the multiplication of individual existences. Parallel existences now with the individual no longer restricted by time and space.

And the manifestations of this neo-human-type evolution, manifestations could be dramatically counter-intuitive. That’s the interesting part. The old evolution is cold. It’s sterile. It’s efficient, okay? And its manifestations of those social adaptations. We’re talking about parasitism, dominance, morality, okay? Uh, war, predation, these would be subject to de-emphasis. These will be subject to de-evolution. The new evolutionary paradigm will give us the human traits of truth, of loyalty, of justice, of freedom. These will be the manifestations of the new evolution. And that is what we would hope to see from this. That would be nice.'

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Old 07-25-2009, 11:57 AM   #33
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:02 PM   #34
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everyone knows that NASA is a tool of the lizardmen .... did you quit listening to Alex Jones or something?
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According to algore


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Old 07-25-2009, 12:23 PM   #36
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Re: So, what will the World look like in 25/50 years?

50 years from now I'll either be living on Mars or long dead.

FWIW, tomdemaine's 70/15/15 prediction sounds about right.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:29 PM   #37
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2075-The Asian Humanitarian Organization after 25 years of sending aid and peacekeepers to what was the United States of America, now known as the 21st century Yugoslavia, finally gives up hope for a sustained peace. Decades of ethnic and racial cleansing has left the region almost uninhabitable.

The bell had tolled when the last barrels of oil had been extracted from Texas. When the last of the industrial complexes finally ceased operations the EC and AC saw the final lurches of what was a modern power. With no natural resources left to sell off and $50 Trillion in bonds, 50 years overdue, the containment process was almost complete. The Mexican wall had been completed last year with the final section of the Canadian wall to be placed July 4, 2075.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:00 PM   #38
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Stuff will look pretty much the same depending on where you live, if you live somewhere like India now then 50 years down the line your world will be very different I'm sure.

I think the biggest difference between now and +50yrs will be that it will be a lot hotter.
Haha, you think progress has pretty much maxed in the western world? If people had more imagination and studied trends they would realize global warming is a mosquito while there are freight trains bearing down on us.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:02 PM   #39
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If we efficiently captured 1/10,000 of the solar energy that strikes the earth we could meet all our projected energy needs.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:59 PM   #40
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If you asked someone in 45000 B.C. what life will be like in 25 years they would assume it would be like the last 55000 years running in the woods with a spear. Even asking someone in 1785 A.D. in early america you would assume it would continue to be life on farms like it had been for the last 10,000 years. Substance farming is finally really dying now. Its really only the last few centuries that change has happened noticeably fast within a life time. In the last few decades change has been at a breakneck pace but we tend to take this for granted. Everyone expects the lastest XBox equivalent to completely blow away the previous. What if that trend continues? It wont though. It will accelerate.
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:05 PM   #41
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Re: So, what will the World look like in 25/50 years?

I just finished The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today. It has pieces written by 60 different people in many different fields.

They almost all mention climate change and energy needs and many of them were the same/boring. It sounds like the future depends on energy needs being met, access to water, and technology breakthroughs like nanotechnology.
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:20 PM   #42
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:01 PM   #43
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God I hope so..... This is preferable to everyone wearing burkas and hijabs in 50 years because we gave up all our guns and let our enemies just take us over.

It's ok for me since I'm a loon I haave enough MRE"s and water sanitizers to last a few years.... I was preparing for a zombie war but katrina really made me shore up my supplies.

Now if I could only get my hands on a chain gun or howitzier.... just need to keep liberals out so I can defend myself
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:04 PM   #44
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I just finished The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today. It has pieces written by 60 different people in many different fields.

They almost all mention climate change and energy needs and many of them were the same/boring. It sounds like the future depends on energy needs being met, access to water, and technology breakthroughs like nanotechnology.
There will not be an increase in energy, food, water needs in the future because the way we are going in 50 years I forsee only about 1/100th to 1/1,000,000,000,000 of the current worlds population being alive.

Nostrodomus was pretty good at predicting things... but I dont need him to tell me humaity WILL find a way to destroy ourselves....

Not that it matters cause I'll be dead.... But deep down I'd prob be happier if a meteor wiped out most of the earth than a nuclear war... at least if some alien finds traces of us in a billion years they will say nature did it and not ourselves.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:31 PM   #45
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