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    The past, the present and the future...

    I am 27 this year, and it has started me thinking - what will the world, and technology in particular, be like in a further 27 years.

    In 1984, Hitachi announced the world's first memory chip capable of holding 1MB of data, IBM introduced its AT computer, Tetris was released in the USSR, and 3.5" floppy disks were introduced.

    In that time, we've had mobile phones become ubiquitous, with smart phones now starting to dominate, electric cars are finally starting to make some progress, we've determined that there is water on Mars and started moving away from fossil fuels.

    So, what do you reckon the future holds?

    Will we finally get flying cars? Personal robots? Colonise the moon or Mars? Have another world war? Move to holograpraphy for displays?

    What affect will these new technologies have on society? Mobile phones have changed the world completely, as has the internet. Do you reckon we'll cope?

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    teleportation - beam me up scotty ?

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    this is all based on the fact we live past judgment day right?

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    peak oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    this is all based on the fact we live past judgment day right?
    Quote Originally Posted by tommej View Post
    peak oil
    Wow, you 2 are a bundle of joy. I'd love to hear what you'd say as speeches at a wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Will we finally get flying cars? Personal robots? Colonise the moon or Mars? Have another world war? Move to holograpraphy for displays?
    No, no, no, yes, yes.

    There will also be no cure for cancer, no AIDs/HIV vaccine, homelessness will skyrocket, we'll have Nigerian levels of inflation [£1,000,000 for a loaf of bread anyone?] and obesity will be so bad "morbidly obese" will be simply known as "normal weight".

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    I'm sorry, but I cannot see technology racing forward, as some people might.

    I'm old enough to remember watching Tommorow's World, and them PROMISING that by the year 2000, we'd all have given up work, and be zooming around in flying cars.....

    LIARS!!!!!

    Why am I sat at a desk, and not whizzing around the skies in my Saab Viggen (Carplane)? It should have an auto-land facility for when I've had a couple too many, at the bar on Titan. It should have a universal translator fitted, for those moments when I've broken the speed of light, and the Saturn Police Corps want to "chat" to me!

    Oh....and I should be eating steak bernaise out of a tube.

    LIARS....ALL OF THEM!

    I blame YOU, Judith Hahn!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    Oh....and I should be eating steak bernaise out of a tube.

    You know... That is possible. Want me to help you achieve it? /BaseballBat

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    You know... That is possible. Want me to help you achieve it? /BaseballBat
    Yeeeeahhhh....I rather think you're missing the point of the thread, there.

    I'm sensing a lot of anger in you.....Were you dropped on your head as a child?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    Yeeeeahhhh....I rather think you're missing the point of the thread, there.

    I'm sensing a lot of anger in you.....Were you dropped on your head as a child?


    Possibly. That would actually explain a lot of things.

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    No flying cars - people are dangerous enough driving on a flat 2D plane, let alone with a third dimension to confuse them. There's a reason pilot training takes so long!

    I think the biggest change will be ubiquitous connectivity. You'll have a constant connection to the 'net, probably through glasses with OLED lenses, possibly through augmented eyeballs (Deus Ex style), and you'll be able to look up anything instantly, possibly via sub-vocalisation. We'll be rapidly approaching the singularity, the point where humans become unrecognisable from now, where evolution becomes a mechanical rather than biological process.

    Electronics will be embedded in anything and everything, and Near Field Communications (or equivalent) will be the glue that holds the world together. Cars will use it for safety and traffic management, shops will use it for stock, advertising billbaords will use it.

    I would like to think we'd have a sizeable space station from which to launch a manned mission to Mars but I suspect that if that were to be ready in 27 years, we'd have to be planning it now, and we're not.

    I'm going to peg Minority Report as the most likely view of the future, at least in terms of the tech, not the precogs. I, Robot was a bit eager with its dates but I suspect is only a few more decades down the line.

    Of course, all this will only happen in South Korea, Japan, America and Western Europe, and other first-world countries. Africa will still be in drought, famine will be worse than ever thanks to a population around 8 billion and not enough arable land on the planet to support them, hippies will still be protesting any and all progress and we'll probably still be in an economy defined by limited resources - if not oil, then rare earth metals.

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    but on the subject of steak bernaise in a tube, you can get icecream in a foil packet... it's very nice if you get over the initial notes of 'polystyrene packing material'.

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    I can see one of two outcomes in 27 years:
    We all become augmented, 'connected' humans, probably controlled, almost zombie like fashion by a few elite mega corps
    We run out of resources, reject technology, half the planets population dies and the rest live a much simpler life

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    Ok, well, I can see that I should've asked this question at a meeting of 'depression anonymous'... I might've got cheerier answers!

    I was thinking we may start planning something like a space elevator in the next 20 years, as graphene appears to be a possible solution to the material problems that exist with the concept.

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    Get hold of Douglas Adams's fabulous (but posthumous) The Salmon of Doubt.

    H2G2 the Salmon of Doubt

    Search for 'Predicting the Future'.



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