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libertygrl
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Posted 01/11/06 - 11:14 PM:
Subject: a thousand years
what do you think life on earth will be like a thousand years from now?
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Posted 01/13/06 - 5:29 AM:

Some people may call it optimistic, but I think a reasonable projection from history shows humans will still exist in 3006 (we overestimate the chances of our technologies destroying us, quite understandably and appropriately due to our fear and desire to avoid that fate).

Genetic engineering will by then have eliminated most all hereditary diseases, leading to longer and healthier life spans. Computers will not have achieved human-like thinking (it's quite a lot more difficult than most people seem to think) but should be powerful and cheap enough to be used for more things. We still won't have our flying cars, the thrust involved simply isn't practical... but we should have vastly improved transit systems and speeds, be it public transit or private vehicles which are computer-controlled to navigate safely at their speed. Oil will be expensive enough due to scarcity that it's rarely used for things.

People will still live in houses, like a thousand years ago. Cultures should be relatively more homogenous, given a millenia of fairly easy global travel... distinct racial features should pretty much gone by then as well I'd think, most everyone being a mix of everything. The major religions of today will probably still be around, though they'll be practiced somewhat differently.

Space vacations around the solar system will be somewhat affordable and popular. There may even be contact with alien species, though phone calls that take 50 years to hear the response to won't be that exciting after a while and I doubt an in-person roundtrip will be completed as I'm projecting it'll take 100 years each way (actually though there's a huge fundamental problem with those kinds of speeds, as you'll never be able to manage with with chemical or even nuclear propellant but if you use another method [be it ion drive or whatever] that builds up slowly you won't be able to stop at your destination).

Food will taste better thanks to modifications. Sleep will be safely compressed into 2 hours a night thanks to medical advances. People will still complain about everything and wish they lived in the past when life was simpler.

All I can say with certainty is that nobody you asked in the year 1006 would've been remotely close in their prediction of 2006. 1950's predictions of 2006 were bad enough.
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Posted 01/13/06 - 11:42 AM:

Paul wrote:
All I can say with certainty is that nobody you asked in the year 1006 would've been remotely close in their prediction of 2006. 1950's predictions of 2006 were bad enough.

that's why it's fun, hehe. grin

i think time travel will be possible in 3006, although not in the way it's commonly envisioned these days. i think time travel will be more like a computerized holographic projection. you plug in and then you go places in your head, so to speak, like a kind of museum or maybe more like a film library in which you revisit actual events in real-time (like your son's 8th grade graduation, or the 2157 world series). maybe it would even be more like a memory library.

here's a link to help explain what i mean:

scotthaefner.com/kap/360pan...age.php?i=pacificgrove.mov

this guy does kite aerial photography (click and drag on the image). this particular shot is of pacific grove, california, where i used to live. what i'm suggesting with the time travel thing is a way to submerge yourself entirely in the recorded environment, fully mobile within it but otherwise unable to interact with it. actually, we're probably not too far from designing this kind of technology already, at least a helmet-version of it.

i agree that oil will be out of the picture, mostly, if not completely. i predict that we will have consumed all of our oil resources and by that time, environmentalist-engineers will have invented a new kind of solar-powered engine that operates on a process similar to photosynthesis, recycling all the chemical waste that was created by the oil-fueled vehicles of the previous generations.

while i agree that a lot of cultural homogenization will take place, i also predict that there will be small nationalistic-type groups who continue to work very diligently to preserve their traditions and cultural heritage. these, however, will probably represent a minority of the overall earth population.

will humanity gravitate toward one singular form of government, do you think?

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Posted 01/14/06 - 11:29 AM:


In one thousand years' time, I believe that those (misguided) women who want children will be able to watch their foetus as it grows from egg to baby, outside the womb in a laboratory. No more terrible birth pangs to bear. Of course, the mother will still have to take care of the finished product, something that every new parent believes will be a piece of cake but never is!

But, by the year 3006, there will be robot nannies, I shouldn't wonder!

More later when I've thunk.............. JuneBug
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Posted 01/27/06 - 1:14 PM:

Aside from some certain technological advances, I don't think the world will be that different. Technology moves forward but we, as people, don't all that much. Our understanding of the world and how to manupuilate it progresses, but our understanding of each other and how to deal with each other doesn't advance nearly as much. I think, and perhaps not so very surprisingly, that we will still have much in common with our 3006 brethren.

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Posted 04/23/13 - 9:02 AM:

[quote=libertygrl]what do you think life on earth will be like a thousand years from now?[/ for all.those who survive the great c leansing that is to come it will be a golden.age where there will be .no more wars and goodness will increas whene the presnt one.who.is the cause of all.the worlds problems and evil.wll be temporaly removed and the earth will.be cleansed and brought back to.its former edenic state:-)

Edited by SUNLIGHT on 04/23/13 - 9:30 AM
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