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What will humans be like in 30-100 years

Postby BillW on Tue 02 Oct 2018 21:11

Will we be genetically altered, become cyborgs or merge with AI. I suspect a little of each. Some of the folk in the article below think a lot of each.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... -100-years
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Re: What will humans be like in 30-100 years

Postby aramis on Tue 13 Nov 2018 17:57

100 years? maybe.
I think they're being overly optimistic. Especially about battery tech and medical progress.
Then again, I'm in that over-40 crowd.
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Re: What will humans be like in 30-100 years

Postby Cralis on Tue 13 Nov 2018 19:59

The Verge Singularity!

I think it's possible, but I don't think that politically, economically, or socially we'll allow it to happen.
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Re: What will humans be like in 30-100 years

Postby southwestforests on Sat 17 Nov 2018 22:14

I'd say that their opening statements are spot on:
Predicting the future is a fool’s game at the best of times. Right now it’s madness – so much is up in the air technologically, politically, economically, ecologically and spiritually, it seems as likely we’ll be shivering in caves as enjoying our new bionic exoskeletons by 2118. For all the talk of humans living longer, life expectancy has flatlined in recent years. The near future doesn’t look younger and fitter so much as older and fatter, as the median age in the developed world powers past 40 towards the middle of the century.

But of all the developments emerging now, it’s technology focused on the human body that would appear to introduce the most chaos into the system.


And on that in particular, "Predicting the future is a fool’s game at the best of times", I still remember what the 1970s predictions of right now looked like ...
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Re: What will humans be like in 30-100 years

Postby aramis on Mon 26 Nov 2018 17:55

Most of the tech from the more realistic ones is actually done...

Maglevs are a thing.
Supersonic airliners were a thing.
Mach 2.5 fighter jets are a thing.
Computers in every home are a thing. Home automation linked to them is a thing.
Mobile phones (including video calls) are a thing - but you have to use Video over IP if you want video calls - Skype, discord, hangouts, etc.)
Work from home is a thing.
Automatic vacuums are a definite thing.
Electric cars are a thing, and (for non-hybrids) exceed the most cogent estimate of their range and top speeds (Car Wars); Hybrids go much further, but weren't readily foreseen.
Automated factories have been increasing in use and in quality since the 70's.

It's just that none of these have the adoption rate foreseen. As in,except for computers and mobile phones, they haven't reached the masses.
Supersonic airliners lost out due to cost and noise.
Mach 2.5 fighters are a thing. The Foxbat (MiG25) was Mach 3.2 capable... only the SR71, YF-12 (≅armed SR71) and rocketplanes go faster.

The big miss? Manned space presence.
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Re: What will humans be like in 30-100 years

Postby Xveers on Mon 26 Nov 2018 21:43

And most of the things on this list that aren't everyday things are because the lower-cost techs they'd be replacing advanced right along with them. Even so, pretty much everything that is personal use is steadily percolating farther and farther down. For every Roomba there's a ton of knockoffs at about half the price, and dropping steadily.
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