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#63463 We've been mentioned in the Daily Mail!

Posted by Kabe Ayofe on 20 August 2013 - 04:57 AM

Hey guys I wasn't sure if this was thread worthy but I almost comedically spat out my morning glass of OJ when we were cited as experts by the Daily Mail! They're not the most respected newspaper but its always a little exciting when a forum you post on is mentioned in a big newspaper. 


The article itself is about life in 2083 and mainly covers inflation, but further down talks about technological improvements and thats where we come in!




Do you agree with the article? Personally by 2083 I think we (England) would have either joined the Euro or there will be a universal 'Credits' system across the world/developed countries.

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#60660 New moderator

Posted by wjfox on 06 August 2013 - 05:27 PM

As this forum has got busier lately, it's clear we need extra help with modding the place.


Cody930 has agreed to be our next mod - a great choice I think you'll agree. :)

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#71572 The Human Brain Project has officially begun

Posted by Yuli Ban on 07 October 2013 - 03:06 PM


"It's a waste of time and money. We'll never be able to map and/or reverse engineer the brain. It's simply too complex and we don't have the computing power to do it."


"They're still going at it, not realizing, the fools they are, that this task is insurmountable and should be stopped before they disappoint themselves."


"The Human Brain Project has been a complete success! We now have revolutionary new insights into how the mind works, and the applications are astounding."


Anyone wanna place their bets?

$50 history repeats itself

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#101618 New moderator

Posted by wjfox on 24 April 2014 - 06:20 PM

Raklian and kjaggard have been promoted to moderators.

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#71271 'This Post Has Been Edited' Notification

Posted by Troodon on 05 October 2013 - 09:37 PM

I think that the 'this post has been edited' notification shouldn't be so big, flashy, and noticeable. It really is an eyesore.
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#63464 We've been mentioned in the Daily Mail!

Posted by SG-1 on 20 August 2013 - 05:16 AM

Oh god the comments.

Thank god I'll be dead before then.

- Daniel Bell, London, United Kingdom, 16/8/2013 10:04


well this is stupid

- anon, anon, 16/8/2013 10:01


This is all a bit daft as usual

- someathat DLS, huddersfield, United Kingdom, 16/8/2013 9:58


A tunnel linking Europe to the USA? don't be so bloody stupid, far to many complications to prevent such a tunnel being made over that distance.

- Scott, Durham, 16/8/2013 10:03

Didn't they predict in the 60s that by 1999 we would be living in outer space and travelling the far reaches of the galaxy; hence the TV show 'Space 1999?'


People are so hostile to change and predictions of the future because in the past predictions were the opinion of an "expert" who just made stuff up.  No, we don't claim to be soothsayers but there are so many resources that show trends in technology, most of the things predicted on the timeline like artificial organs and bionic eyes, etc.  All that "fantastic" stuff is in its infancy today.  Give it 80 years and you will have sometime incredible.  It is a pessimistic thing to say by 2080 people will live practically immortally and with access to neural and physical augmentations, when we can do proof-of-concepts today.


The part of the future I look forward to the most is what I don't/can't see coming.  The applications of breakthroughs or these familiar trends in ways I would have never thought possible.





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#110572 Mid year update on the 2014 predictions!

Posted by Matthew on 10 June 2014 - 06:14 AM

2014 as of June 9th

Mid year update!


  1. Latvia joins the eurozone-CHECK.

  2. The IPCC releases its Fifth Assessment Report-CHECK

  3. The European Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) is operational http://www.ecb.europ...l/index.en.htmlAll but assured!

  4. Scotland votes "no" to independence-Odds favor it by at least 20%!

  5. The first gay marriages are held in England and Wales http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26793127 -Check

  6. The Internet has a greater reach than television http://www.bka.co.nz...?tag=technology Going to be close!

  7. Google Glass is launched to the public-Check! Launched in mid May!

  8. The new World Trade Center is completed https://en.wikipedia...ld_Trade_Center – later this year!

  9. The Shanghai Tower is completed http://online.wsj.co...588401794517002 -Most likely in 2015. :( Bust.

  10. Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup-Check...Eventhrough there's a lot of violence.

  11. The first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe http://www.usnews.co...s-maiden-flight – looking good!

  12. Completion of the Panama Canal expansion project http://digital.vpr.n...-not-mosquitoes -2015 will be compete. Bust.

  13. The 100th anniversary of World War I -Check!

  14. 14 nanometre chips are released http://www.cruxialci...ons-gaming-8048 Very likely by Christmas!

  15. The first products to use memristor technology are becoming available http://www.electroni...market-2014-05/ -Likely bust as it is moved back to late 2015. :(

  16. Smart watches are the latest must-have gadget -Smart watches are doing very good. Don't be surprised if 5 million do sell by the end of this year.

  17. Robotic pack mules are entering military service-No news as of yet.

  18. Laser guns are in naval use http://online.wsj.co...481121470707880 -very likely this summer.

  19. Completion of the International Space Station-Check!

  20. The first test flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft https://en.wikipedia...on_(spacecraft) Dec is the current launch date.

  21. Virgin Galactic begins offering private suborbital spaceflights http://www.space.com...space-deal.html looks like the later part of the year.

  22. The first test launch of the Falcon Heavy https://en.wikipedia...ki/Falcon_Heavy Moved to 2015, BUST.

  23. The MAVEN probe arrives at Mars – Sept it will or will not orbit mars.

  24. India's first Mars mission – Sept it will or will not orbit mars.

  25. Launch of the Sunjammer solar sail - Our next Earth Rise mission, the Conestoga Flight, is scheduled to launch in September 2014, our next Earth Orbit mission in Q4 2014, http://www.celestis.com/faq.asp http://www.mnn.com/e...of-space-travel Looking good for something by the end of the year!

  26. http://www.astro.umd...ng-spring-may14 Comet should come pretty damn close!

  27. Rosetta deploys its lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko -Going for it!

  28. Most phone calls are made via the Internet now -No news....

  29. Increased automation in retail environments -Happening big time!

  30. NATO ends combat operations in Afghanistan -Yeah, but America keeps 10k in that country.

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#107519 wjfox's absence

Posted by wjfox on 23 May 2014 - 07:47 PM

Now, don't get me wrong - I can take a joke, and enjoy a good laugh. But a thread title saying I've died just seems... in bad taste. What if my parents, brother, or some other family member happened to browse this forum and saw it? Bearing in mind, they know I have depression/anxiety. You could have made a thread with something less shocking in the title. In fact, I will edit this now.  

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#6908 Grandma

Posted by OrbitalResonance on 28 September 2011 - 01:10 AM

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Something i needed to share.
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#109821 Do you think that Zeitgeist YouTube videos is made by the Illuminati?

Posted by Death on 05 June 2014 - 06:26 AM

NO! This will not become a conspiracy theorist forum!  Thou shall not pass!

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#76800 Do you sometimes wish you were born in the future?

Posted by EVanimations on 11 November 2013 - 06:09 PM

I actually feel very lucky to live in a time in which such revolutionary change can be witnessed.
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#38100 Big meteor falling and exploding over Russia

Posted by Craven on 15 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

I don't think there's much seriously hurt. It's mostly just from glass. Unpleasant but not life threatening.


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#99953 Will we be able to fully understand exorcisms someday ?

Posted by IzzyIngleby on 16 April 2014 - 09:38 PM

I understand them pretty well already, they're bullshit.

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#99013 How the Internet is taking away America's religion

Posted by Raklian on 07 April 2014 - 09:26 PM

Die, religion, die! Die! Die! *lightning arches from my fingertips*


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#97059 UCL open letter to Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail

Posted by wjfox on 21 March 2014 - 11:05 PM

“I deeply pity the sort of person who can watch a report about ground-breaking news on the origins of the universe and everything in it, and see only the gender and skin colour of the panellists. I am disturbed that he has even erased the contributions of all of the non-white and non-male and non-American scientists involved in the discovery at the same time.”



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#86769 What is wrong with divorcing reality?

Posted by olddaad on 25 January 2014 - 10:20 PM

New to the forums and first post. I hope you all don't mind me adding a few thoughts of my own since this a subject of real interest for me these days.

As a 65 year old grandfather in excellent health who lives a comfortable life and with a livable pension that allows me to do whatever I want with my time, I've chosen to spend a significant amount of that time living inside my imagination. I read copious amounts of science fiction and write an equal amount of sci-fi and speculative future short stories and novellas. I'm also a part of the carless community, people who gave up cars in favor of walking, biking and public transportation.


I have no trouble envisioning  VR technology as a part of my future as a means of not only replacing reality but supplementing/enhancing reality. For example: the nearest grocery store to my house is about 2 miles away. I walk to there about twice a month for groceries. During the walk I always listen to an audio book (fantasy or sci-fi) to help me escape from the tiresome activity of towing a full load groceries behind me in my carry cart. One of my dreams to have a VR display that will overlay my field of vision with images of the book's world.


Another use of VR would be to enhance the visuals of the walking trails I use for exercise. With a visual overlay, I could enhance the colors and contrast of the rather drab scenery or replace with  different flora and fauna. Such enhancements would leave me aware of reality (don't want to get run over by a car) but also take the exercise routine to an entirely new level of enjoyment.

Most of us (assuming too much?) already spend a great deal of time escaping from reality by reading, watching movies, writing, long conversations with a friend or lover, gaming, sleeping, you name it. That's why I envision one of the major uses of near future VR as simply a means to elevate all those currently normal escapist activities to an entirely new level that will both enhance our enjoyment of them but increase our knowledge of new things.


One final thought: I want to become a Virtual Reality tourist to places on earth and beyond that I currently cannot travel to. Some imaginative entrepreneur in the next few years is going to create a VR Tourist business where they sell/rent out both the hardware and software that allows shut ins or less wealthy people to be immersed for hours or days at a time into whatever time and place they wish to "travel" to.


So, yea, this old guy has great hope for the future of VR and I have no problem seeing it become not so much a liability but more of a asset that will enrich many lives.

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#110468 Non-USicans, How Do You Perceive The US?

Posted by wjfox on 09 June 2014 - 08:07 PM

I have a love-hate relationship with America. It is simultaneously the greatest and worst nation on Earth.

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#122600 Humanity in the year 2587.

Posted by Cosmic Cat on 05 September 2014 - 12:35 PM



Mate, what's with your username

Anyway, it's difficult to predict 50 years ahead, let alone 550. I think that we'll colonise the asteroids in the Solar System long before we even consider settling another star. I'd like to think that we'll have contacted another species by then, but I don't have high hopes. The timing would have to be pretty amazing.

My username is just something random I thought up. Go figure.

No offense, but your username isn't very appealing nor very creative/imaginative.



Futurist. Your name isn't that creative either. Especially on a Futurist forum.

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#109979 SpaceX Mars Colony in 2030 will (almost) kill NASA

Posted by eacao on 06 June 2014 - 11:11 AM

We will not have 80,000 people on Mars in 16 years. Especially considering Musk's timeline doesn't have the first boots on the ground until 2025, and that's not set in stone. He has not laid out a comprehensive timeline that results in a 2025 landing, he said "we can probably land [by 2020], 2025 at the latest". SpaceX is subject to the same delays as any other aerospace industry. Just look at Boeing with the 787, Airbus with the A380, or god save me, Lockheed Martin with their f-35's (should be at least 11 years late for the RAAF). If looking at other companies isn't enough, look at SpaceX. The Falcon Heavy was once slated for a fall of 2013 launch, pushed to 2014, now to 2015. These aren't necessarily engineering shortcomings on the part of SpaceX, but increased demand for the Falcon 9, the grasshopper dev program, the Dragon V2 et al. Distributing company resources to other programmes has left the Heavy project behind schedule. Unforeseen economic, political, or perhaps engineering roadblocks have plenty of room to delay a Mars landing past 2025. And he has never said that he wants to send 80,000 people to Mars by 2030. He has said that he eventually wants to facilitate a colony on Mars of 80,000, which is adequate to be self-sufficient.

NASA won't become obsolete. NASA has carried the burden of space launches until now because there was no alternative in the U.S. They were tasked with getting to the Moon because it was a national objective, and there was no one else to do it. If SpaceX, or Boeing, or Sierra Nevada manage to develop a crew-rated vehicle successfully, then the sole burden will be taken off NASA. They will still have the largest rocket, unless SpaceX is able to manufacture a larger one at some point in the future, but the SLS will be the only vehicle capable of performing the tasks that NASA wants for some time.

If, at some undefined point in the future, the private sector is able to fill these roles with their own vehicles, then NASA will be able to go about doing what it does best; exploring space. Expanding the understanding of the universe is something which the private sector is not doing. Access to space is only one small slice of the activity that NASA does. What they're best at is science.

Removing the burden of having to get themselves to space, NASA - contracting private companies for space access - will have freed up enormous amounts of resources within the agency to put towards doing hard science. Most of the budget over the past 40 years has gone into launching the Shuttle. Now, it's going into the development of the SLS and Orion MPCV. If these capabilities are taken over by SpaceX or the likes 20 or 30 years down the road, NASA will be able to flourish. That's when they'll start making more rapid progress into fields like deep-space propulsion, telescopes, experiments and the works. It'll be freeing up most of NASA's budget for them to pursue what they're good at.

You're right in saying that companies are doing miracles with a trickle of money relative to what NASA receives to do comparable work with - that's what the private sector does. That is to be expected. It doesn't mean that they are a better alternative to NASA. They're different organisations, with different objectives, and different methods.
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