What will the future be like?

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    Nov 02, 2010 9:52 AM GMT
    I remember growing up as a child & we didnt have computers, microwaves, ipods or even cd's.

    Now adays it seems our very existence & dependence is built around technology & advancement. I havent bought a cd in years, all my music is digitally downloaded.

    I use my microwave 10x more than my oven.

    Due to email & internet communicative advancements our postal system is crumbling. Pretty soon ipads will replace newspapers/magazines like ipod replaced cd's.

    Even meeting people face to face is decreasing as we can all sit at home & meet others, even cruise for sex without leaving our home. Thus the decrease of gay bars & etc even in large cities.

    Alot of people can even work from home now.

    Cell phones have made landlines almost extinct. Smart phones are mini computers we carry around with us every where we go & cant go 5 minutes without calling or texting someone. Im writing this entire post from my smart phone right now.

    It makes me wonder what will be next? How will the future be & how it will effect us as a human race? I worry for my children & grand children with technology making/taking jobs & unemployment rising.

    How do you predict the future? How will it effect us all?
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    Nov 02, 2010 10:08 AM GMT
    redbull saidI remember growing up as a child & we didnt have computers, microwaves, ipods or even cd's.

    Now adays it seems our very existence & depndence is built around technology & advancement.
    When you (we) were growing up, you had electricity, indoor plumbing, muscle cars, landline telephones, 8-track tapes and/or cassette players in our cars, LP's, color TV, Atari, and in the 80's Apple and IBM were competing for the beginning stages of the mass-produced personal computer market...as well as the beginning stages of internet (although it wasn't called internet at the time; however, I did have a modem in 1984 connected to a TRS-80).

    Our lives were very much dependent on technology when we were growing up. It just wasn't as advanced as it is today. icon_wink.gif

    In the future, I can see lots of the stuff we have today being more advanced than it is now; but ultimately, the purpose of those technologies will still be the same: Communication, transportation, luxury, and entertainment.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 02, 2010 10:13 AM GMT
    The future trends are already here
    more and more our devices are going to be streamlined into one

    There will be one device that services phone .... computer and TV - entertainment
    keys and ignitions will be personalized
    books and libraries will become digitized

    what's beyond that? Who knows
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    Nov 02, 2010 10:31 AM GMT
    The B.O.R.G will invade and take over humanity. icon_smile.gif

    A small percentage will survive and escape to another planet and starting procreating with alien species creating human alienate hybrids.

    The only heroes we know of will be from American Idol and we will survive on food made by creatures called Iron Chefs. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 02, 2010 11:03 AM GMT
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    Nov 02, 2010 11:11 AM GMT
    I delivered a university lecture on this topic in 2000, to mark the new millennium. My thesis was that science has NOT advanced as far as we think, and most of these things you cite are merely improvements on inventions from the first 50 years of the 20th Century. We have improved, and miniaturized, but not innovated as much as we imagine.

    My grandparents, all 4 born in the 1800s, saw far more advances than I have in my own lifetime. There was already a television in our house when I was born in 1949. The fact I now watch an HD 3D flat screen is nothing compared to the original miracle of bringing live images into your home, inconceivable when my grandparents were children. Even radio didn't exist then. Nor did motion pictures. And both my parents remembered when movies became "talkies."

    Computers were in use in the 1940s, and atomic energy, and rockets going into space. As kids we were told by 2000 we'd be living on the Moon, if not Mars, and experiencing a Jetson's world of personal flying saucers. But instead I'm still schlepping around in a car with 4 rubber tires planted firmly on the ground, getting stuck in traffic, just like I have for the last 45 years. Where's the big improvement in that?

    Yeah, it's a nicer car than when I first drove in 1965, but not that Jetson's saucer we were promised. In fact, I have to put the gas in it myself today. At least when I was younger there were gas station attendants to do that, to check my oil and clean my windshield. And this is progress? My grandparents went from horse & buggy to driving autos, and thrilled at the wonder of the Wright Brothers first flight, to eventually fly themselves. Now THAT was progress.

    Forgive my jaded viewpoint, but frankly I'm not impressed. Oh, I keep up, I've got the latest of everything, and I admire clever gadgets, but not that much awed. To me they're mostly refinements, not revolutionary.
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    Nov 02, 2010 11:30 AM GMT
    so bright I've got to wear shades
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    Nov 02, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidBut instead I'm still schlepping around in a car with 4 rubber tires planted firmly on the ground, getting stuck in traffic, just like I have for the last 45 years. Where's the big improvement in that?
    Every day when I get out in this shitty traffic - especially when it takes damn near 10 minutes to drive three blocks during rush hour - I can't help but wonder...why the fuck is transportation today slower than it was 20 years ago? The cars are capable of faster speeds, have more safety features, much better road handling, yet people drive MUCH slower than they did 20 years ago...and worse.

    A new form of transportation altogether needs to be developed. Cars have outdated themselves, no matter how technologically advanced they may be on the inside. I'm not even interested in them anymore like I used to be. It's a painstakingly slow and boring way to travel.
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    Nov 02, 2010 12:55 PM GMT
    I give Art_Deco and "A" on his thesis!


    Think about it:
    CD player in your car? Big Whoop!

    Check out the 1961 DeSoto...it came with a record player in it! Granted, you couldn't play while driving or it would skip..but cd's are not that much removed from LPs.

    iPod's? ditto.

    There has been very little in the way of true invention in the last 50 years, just a bunch of well needed innovations and miniaturizing.
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    Nov 02, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidA new form of transportation altogether needs to be developed. Cars have outdated themselves, no matter how technologically advanced they may be on the inside. I'm not even interested in them anymore like I used to be. It's a painstakingly slow and boring way to travel.


    I feel like the most likely thing to happen (though not really a new form altogether) is that many cars will be driving themselves. Google had a self-driving car out on the road over a year ago! There would probably be a special lane in many places so that autonomous cars could travel at high speeds, communicating with each other so they don't crash.

    http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/09/google-car-video/
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    Nov 02, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    we'll see more wars
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    Nov 02, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    Why is everyone so jaded?

    The INTERNET for fuck's sake, that's the one huge revolutionary advancement that's been made over the last decades, and it truly did revolutionize the world in the last 10 years.

    As far as transportation goes... the next century should become the age of the maglev trains - NYC to LA in a few hours. Perfect for large countries like the US and Canada.
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    Nov 02, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Colonization of Mars and other planets. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 02, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    I want some new technology that boosts brain power to the level where telekinesis/telepathy is possible.
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    Nov 02, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    In everyday life, the biggest revolution in the past 30 years would probably be the Internet. Otherwise, not too much.
    But look at the advances in science! It leaves you humbled.
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    Nov 02, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    well ,this is based on a book i read [ cant take credit for it icon_smile.gif] after the 1] transportation revolution [19-20 century]
    2]information revolution [20 century]
    the 3] will be a combo of both,the ability to transport ''through the air'' goods and people from one place to another [like faxing]
    [like in the movie''the fly'']
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    Nov 02, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    There will be a privately funded international GLBT military force that goes around the world stopping violence and biogotry against GLBT people.

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    well....gay marriage will be legal in all 50 states. icon_biggrin.gif


    peak oil will hit and energy costs will sky rocket. New technologies will come but not in time. As a result, long distance travel will be severely reduced, which may even make it possible to redevelop manufacturing in the states. Food costs will escalate as well as inflation.

    weather changes will be even more extreme and happen more often.

    the concept of retiring will change in that most people will work in their later years. The system was never designed to have people retire for over 30 years.

    oh....and you will live happily ever after. icon_wink.gif


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    Nov 02, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    WTF! I just had the weirdest dream about this hahahaha!

    Well with the rapid new advancement of technology, I think the future is going to be heavily focus on the technology and the internet. Everything is going to be wired online so everyone information is not safe. I think houses like the one we are living in are going to stay the same since I dont think 50 years or 100 years from now people are going to make their houses our of metal or weird looking shapes. Cars are going to be more energy efficient running on fuel cell energy and the streets/freeways, will be more efficient for traveling through traffic. New ways of transportation will take place such as subways going 100 mphs to get you to another destination quick or an airplane that can take you from LA to NY in 2 mins. I hope they discover the elixir to life since I actually want to see how the future looks like! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 02, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    I know the future of politics in this country. Sarah Palin will be president, just not as soon as she thinks. Her vp will be Michelle Bachman and she will appoint Christine O'Donnell as Secretary of State. Late night talk shows, Saturday Night Live, and The Daily Show will suddenly be the most popular things on television as the whole country tunes in to see the jokes.

    It will get even better 4 years later when Palin will be running against Democratic nominee Levi Johnston. He gets the nomination after Time Warner pours millions into his primary campaign to make his presidential bid a reality show on Bravo that follows the inner workings of his campaign. The host of all debates between Sarah and Levi will be The Real Housewives reunion host Andy Cohen. Of course, Johnston will not wear a shirt for the debates. Kathy Griffin will be his running mate.
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    Nov 02, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Nanotechnology is the future.
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    Nov 02, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    I've seen the future, brother: It is MURDER.

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    Nov 02, 2010 9:24 PM GMT


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  • Karnage

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    Nov 02, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Heartrobb saidIt will get even better 4 years later when Palin will be running against Democratic nominee Levi Johnston. He gets the nomination after Time Warner pours millions into his primary campaign to make his presidential bid a reality show on Bravo that follows the inner workings of his campaign. The host of all debates between Sarah and Levi will be The Real Housewives reunion host Andy Cohen. Of course, Johnston will not wear a shirt for the debates. Kathy Griffin will be his running mate.


    While I maybe not the people involved, I'm terrified at how true this campaign process could become...
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    Nov 02, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    Until they manage to develop more efficient batteries, we're going nowhere fast.
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    Nov 02, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidUntil they manage to develop more efficient batteries, we're going nowhere fast.


    Why would they do that when there is such a market for them? Batteries are here to stay as they are - any innovations in this space have been squashed flat time and time again.