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Old August 16 2009, 05:01 AM   #1
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FutureTimeline

Stumbled across this cool website which focusses on the future, it's part fact and fiction.

The 21st Century predictions are of the most interest but beyond that it's mostly made up.


http://www.futuretimeline.net/index.htm
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Old August 16 2009, 05:31 AM   #2
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I want the "Anti-fat drug", roll on 2018!

One thing I think that article definitely has right is the convergence of technology, in terms of combining features into smaller units as well as allowing devices to communicate and converge with each other through the Internet.

Oh, and I guess I'm moving to Sweden
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Old August 16 2009, 06:59 PM   #3
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I find it funny that we will accomplish amazing feats by 2050, but it wonm't be until 2067 -- after a manned mission to Halley's comet -- that male and female pay will be come level.
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Old August 16 2009, 08:01 PM   #4
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Re: FutureTimeline

It is pretty cool science fiction writing on part of the article, but I like how slow our space progress is in this article. I think that may be realistic, we are very slow to progress our space program and space propulsion technology. I think we'll be confined to our own solar system for a very very long time before travel to other star systems is possible.
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Old August 17 2009, 02:13 PM   #5
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Yea there appears to be no faster than light travel even up to the early 23rd Century, but at least there are food replicators for every household by the 2190s.
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Old August 17 2009, 11:45 PM   #6
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and transporters!
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Old August 18 2009, 02:49 AM   #7
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Making predictions about technology is a risky endeavor. Aren't we supposed to have bases on the moon by now, according to half a century old predictions?
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Old August 18 2009, 04:45 AM   #8
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The crazy thing about technology though is that we do have the technology now to build moon bases, so they were right. What they couldn't predict though are the money problems. It is simple money and funding holding back those kind of endeavors.
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Old August 18 2009, 03:47 PM   #9
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Indeed.
The technology ... or our ability to realize what was once just an idea is not the problem.
Problems lie in the fact we live in a capitalist society which is constricted by money.
It ALWAYS comes down to money.
It's actually responsible for most of the issues we have on the planet and why technological/social progression is stagnating.

How many useful technologies could have made it into everyday use that would have been 10x (ok I may be exaggerating a bit) more efficient and better from what we use right now had they just have been created and applied in practise?
The list is quite long I can assure you when it comes to computers alone, other areas are sorely lacking.

NASA using outdated technology in shuttles is another problem (which is not solely restricted to internal aspects ... but also design and materials).
Very little if anything was upgraded properly ... and the only reason for why we are sorely lacking behind in virtually anything is 'cost' or 'money'.
Same thing EVERY TIME.

Making predictions about technology is not an issue.
Consider carefully that our day to day technology is not even on the level of early 21st century.
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Old August 19 2009, 05:07 PM   #10
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If they could they could currently build a ship that could move at 20% the speed of light.
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Old September 18 2009, 04:34 AM   #11
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Capitolism is the impediment. Communism is Star Trek's answer to this problem. Don't be offended... these are economic terms, not political. Thru the years, their meanings have become misconstrued.
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Old September 18 2009, 04:09 PM   #12
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Money is just a paper representation of how hard you are willing to work for something. It represents the fact that we have limited resources and have to choose how to use those resources.
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Old September 18 2009, 04:53 PM   #13
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Mind control headsets for video gaming

Emotiv, a San Francisco-based company, have released a headset which allows gamers to control video games from their brain waves alone.* This is done in a completely non-intrusive manner: no crude implants or direct physical contact are required. Sensors on the headset can detect the appropriate neurochemical patterns in the wearer's head, and these are converted into actions on screen. The implications of this technology are staggering - future mainstream versions could radically alter how we interact with computers, the Internet, and each other.
This one actually developed?

How does it determine brain activity exactly? Infrared/Near IR laser? High Density EEG?

How far a distance can this be done from?


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Old September 18 2009, 08:34 PM   #14
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Doran wrote: View Post
Capitolism is the impediment. Communism is Star Trek's answer to this problem. Don't be offended... these are economic terms, not political. Thru the years, their meanings have become misconstrued.
But as leftist as I am, "cost" doesn't cease to exist in a socialist framework.

I disagree with Sojourner, too--money isn't a paper representation of the labor theory of value. It's a paper representation of the market's determination of worth.
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Old September 19 2009, 07:46 PM   #15
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Money is just a paper representation of how hard you are willing to work for something. It represents the fact that we have limited resources and have to choose how to use those resources.
Oh yes...
I'm sure that developing cars that can go 300 km per hour so people can kill each other faster, consume gallons of oil in the process and look like more advanced Ferrari's is a 'clever way' of spending our resources.

Give me a break.
The government (military to be a prime example) and companies have a tendency to spend an insane amount of money on broad range of stupidities constantly that could have been invested 100x over into something far more constructive.

Let's say something like upgrading the US power grid for example?

EVERY single time we are supposed to incorporate advanced tech into our lives, there's never enough money.
Resources are a problem.

Hon ... why are resources never a problem when individuals flash money for their own purposes (regardless of how stupid and wasteful they might be)?

Regulation of resources my rear end.
Money is a simple excuse for people who are greedy and needy for power to remain in such positions.

Look at what is happening in the computer world today.
Outdated techs are being milked for money by companies.
New techs that were supposed to have been much cheaper for the consumer ALWAYS end up as premium priced and some of the best of those NEVER go down in price.

Whenever someone mentions the stupidity we have 'limited resources' for something important (but seemingly produce a lot of garbage for which we apparently DO have resources and is in fact more harmful in the long run) I have to laugh at the statement.
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