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The Carbon Comrade

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#1 7 years ago

Okay, so I've kept this out of the Tech Discussion because, honestly, whenever I venture into that section of the forums, I always do so with the expectation of looking at subjects based on computer errors, or computer configurations rather than actual technology. Besides, I'm looking for an intelligent discussion, and I think the topic in question is better suited here.

Technology ~ Specifically Scientific Technology (which works though the Technology of Engineering). In general, looking back into the past for examples, or forward into the future for inspiration, do you think that (within the right technological age) anything would be / is possible?

Obviously back in our past, the thought of space shuttles and x-ray machines, in addition to laptops and mobile phones would be laughed off. Yet, now, we have them and most of us utilize them every day (maybe with the exception of each of us owning a space shuttle or x-ray machines).To think that people would be able to cure long and short sightedness with a laser would have been thought of as impossible, yet we have laser surgery. Organ transplants would have been considered witchcraft or something.

Space ships are obviously going to be an item of the future, however long it takes us, I believe we'll get there some day. Robots (the advanced type) are also something that I truly believe we will one day develop. Whether they end up trying to kill us all is open to speculation (not for a debate here). I also believe we are on our way to developing a cure for cancer and HIV/AIDS. It's only a matter of time, we'll get there eventually.

But yeah, in short, do you think that (with technology) anything is possible, or do you think that even with technology, we will have limits? Also, what do you expect we'll have mastered in say... another 1000 years?

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#2 7 years ago

I don't believe in limits. It's just a matter of time, or killing the Nazis against and finding out their technology is decades ahead of our own, that seemed to work well for us.


I've defected to the Pies

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#3 7 years ago

I have no doubt that eventually we'll be considered ancient history, the events and details and people we know so well now, possibly as forgotten as the Sumerians are today.

Who knows what we'll manage to do - build planet-sized cities, civilizations across the known universe...If we don't kill ourselves, we'll manage everything you can think of, eventually. And then a whole ton more.

Nobody ever saw today's most important revolution coming - the Internet. So I don't think it's really possible to see the next big leap forward coming. All we know is that every generation has said that something was impossible. And slowly, but with increasing speed, we've been turning impossibilities into possibilities into everyday events. I think this sums up how little we know, and how far ahead we need to look, the best:

Carl Sagan What new wonders, undreamt of in our time, will we have wrought in another generation? And another? How far will our nomadic species have wandered, by the end of the next century? And the next millennium?

Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds through the Solar System, and beyond, will be unified. By their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge, that whatever other life may be, the only humans in all the Universe, come from Earth.

They will gaze up, and strain to find the Blue Dot in their skies. They will marvel, at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was; how perilous our infancy; how humble our beginnings; how many rivers we had to cross, before we found our way.

Nemmerle Forum Mod

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#4 7 years ago

[SIZE="3"]Do I think there are limits? Yes. I think whatever the laws of the universe turn out to be they're going to impose limits. I wouldn't care to guess at them though.

What do I think we'll have achieved in a thousand years? Hell I can't even predict whether we'll have a society that can support sailing ships in a hundred years time. Long term predictions of the future tend to diverge fairly quickly.[/SIZE]


The Philosoraptor

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#5 7 years ago

As Nemmerle said.

But trying to think reasonably, we'll have mastered quite a few things in 1000 years. Space travel for one will be possible in that time period. Research into FTL travel may happen in that time. Robots will be assured a place in society sooner rather than later. Maybe within that time if they become individual thinkers, we'll be seeing workers rights for robots. Bio tech may reach some prominence, wether that be in the design of vehicles or structures, medicines, regeneration of organs, and other things.

While my post may be futile, these goals have been set in science fiction and in the real world. No doubt people will take inspiration to accomplish these things within the 1000 years. Look at how much we accomplished in 150 years.

The fastest man made things we know are satellites, the shuttle, and hypersonic aircraft. In 1000 years hypersonic planes of today may look like a albatross compared to a peregrine falcon.

I have high hopes for humanity. I know there will be challenges we'll face. If the unexpected happens, there will always be a few individuals who will pull us through.

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#6 7 years ago

Not so sure about space travel. We've been trying to get out of this atmosphere for decades and haven't made significant progress. And the atmosphere is just a tiny layer surrounding this planet. Most of what we call space exploration today is like fleas jumping around on a football. Maybe in the future unmanned space mining will become viable, although we'd need some astounding breakthroughs even for that. As for interstellar travel - I wouldn't hold my breath. Then again, if you look back 100 years explortation of the moon would seem impossible.

In my opinion the next big advancements with significant impact will be made in gene technology and nanotechnology.

As for 1000 years - I think it is impossible to make predictions that go that far ahead. Scientific progress is accelerating, if that trend continues what will happen in 1000 years will be past our understanding (I'guess a human consciousness enlarged with computers and probably networked to other minds would be a prerequisite to even understand what will be going on then).

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#7 7 years ago

I'm not going to try and predict what human civilisation will be like in a thousand years. Do you think Æthelred the Unready could possibly have predicted the advent of electricity, mobile phones and internet pornography a thousand years ago? No, because such concepts were completely and utterly alien to him. He might have guessed at more sophisticated metallurgy, better catapults and more efficient agriculture, but technology that hasn't been invented yet is inherently difficult to predict - because nobody knows anything about it.

The same is true of us. If humanity is still around in a thousand years, its culture and technology will be as strange to us as our own culture and technology would be to poor old Æthelred. We can't even predict what will happen in the next century, for crying out loud, let alone the next millennium.

To summarise - you're all, undoubtedly, going to be totally wrong in your predictions. As would I be, if I made one.


Renegade Cybertronian

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#8 7 years ago

Just invent a working cryogenics system, and i'll be happy. :)