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Is science fiction predicting the future?

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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2010, 15:59:42 PM »

Any ideas about what future technology may hold in store?   Even if you think it may be far-fetched, let's hear it.

Zuma starting a population control program?

that's a very absurd idea.  how ever made you think of that?    Grin
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2010, 16:13:14 PM »

I'm quite sure we're looking radical life extension in the face. Unfortunately I'm not so optimistic about it being advanced enough in my lifetime to help much. But advances like being able to grow organs for a person in a vat are very cool things, as is stem cell research. Amazing stuff going to come out of that (and is already coming out of it).

My view is also that ultimately, the human race will wipe itself out, and no-one will care any more than we care about the extinction of the dinosaurs. We may just become an historical curiosity... if there's anyone to be curious about it ever again. The problem is not just that we may wipe ourselves out, but that our entire survival hinges on earth. One comet can take us all out in a matter of hours. And the longer we do nothing about it, the more likely it becomes that it will, at some stage, wipe this planet out.

Like peeps have said, space travel is probably the hardest thing we'll ever do, and we won't get there any time soon. I'm sure all of us will die on this planet having never left it. (I can start saving for virgin galactic tho)



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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2010, 16:28:17 PM »

i suspect rather, that space travel wont be at all as glamorous and exciting as they would have us imagine.  i suspect it will be tedious and time consuming with menial peaks of interrest along the way.
i suspect that, when the initial shoo-wow of it wears off, interplanetary travel will be only for colonization, and not as much exploration.  investigations for habitable planets will be left to drones, and humans will soon realise that traipsing accross the millions of miles is simply not worth it, untill a viable planet is found.
so as fun as star wars/trek seems, there wont be any borg battles on the horison.  and i think, that if we find an alien species, they will be so wildly different from us, that we may not even regocnise them as sentient, and pass them by.  varelse, if anyone read orson scott card.
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