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What is the scientific development you most hope to see in your lifetime?


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Which we can reasonably expect to be achieved?

 

Personally, I'm hoping for gene therapy for asthma.

 

Honorable mention goes to getting a definitive answer as to whether there is life on Europa/Enceladus.



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A cure for aging, without a doubt.


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Strong artificial intelligence.


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Strong artificial intelligence.

 

Is that really desirable though?

 

It seems terrifying to me. The idea of a machine that views us, humans, in the same way that we perceive insects.

 

Not only that, but it's continually expanding in terms of size/influence.



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Strong artificial intelligence.

 

Is that really desirable though?

 

It seems terrifying to me. The idea of a machine that views us, humans, in the same way that we perceive insects.

 

Not only that, but it's continually expanding in terms of size/influence.

 

 

We have to make an AI that won't have any desires and in addition we will be controlling the power supply.

 

You know what would be hilarious? A strong AI is created, decides that life is worthless/being conscious is torture, and commits suicide. Next attempts produce the same result.



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Strong artificial intelligence.

 

Is that really desirable though?

Yes.


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A faster way to travel around the world and cheaper too,

People getting payed more while working less hours,

Cures for many diseases and the life span increasing,

Free electricity and Internet,

And finally computer chips that are inserted into the brain.
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Barring indefinite life extension, I would go with full immersion virtual reality.


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Let's hit two birds with one stone.

 

We create a strong AI to help us find a pathway to the cure of aging.


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cure for aging and nanoreplicator.


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fusion.

 

I've said before that with abundant, cheap, clean energy available we can brute force solutions to almost all our problems.

 

Worried about climate change from fossil fuel uses? End the use of fossil fuels completely by switching over to tesla like cars and household power storage systems provided with fusion plants. With the added bonus of being able to power co2 sequestration and recycling through bacterial breakdown of co2 using introduced current. Oh and you could take nuclear fission plants offline and run processes to eliminate much of the existing nuclear waste produced by them.

 

Verticle farms with controlled light spectrum and water flow systems.

 

Bioreactors for lab grown meat, eggs, milk, wool, bone, horn ect.

 

Bioreactors for growing replacement organs from stemcells.

 

industrial sized 3d printing warehouses where you can go and get a home sized 3d printer, car or house modules printed.

 

Automated mining and recycling of raw materials.

 

Desalination plants.

 

mass drivers for launching materials into space (other than humans).

 

ect ect.


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Cure for Cancer and Heart disease.


To follow my work on tropical cyclones


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Tissue regeneration. 


"All scientific advancement due to intellegence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, so invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready. Disastrous."

There's definitely truth in that...


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Telomere regeneration.


Everything is predefined.

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A cure for aging, without a doubt.

In the grand scheme of things, Yes, completely agreed. :)

However, for me personally, technology which successfully allows one to change one's gender identity without changing one's sexuality in the process. After all, an indefinite lifespan probably wouldn't be worth it for me unless I can live full-time as a binary trans-woman. :(



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FTL all the way.


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My reasoning for strong AI is that it will likely be what facilitates the creation of all mentioned/yet-to-be-mentioned technologies.


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I'm looking forward to the completion of understanding the human brain. In general, understanding our brains and other lifeforms will be beneficial in so many fields including artificial intelligence. Although I cannot disagree with wjfox's concerns with strong AI since they're valid, but I like to differentiate biological intelligence from artificial intelligence for the time being. Nonetheless, it's hard to predict the next greatest scientific development because so many miraculous discoveries are made within years/months unlike previous centuries.


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Either:

AGI

Some sort of reliable treatment for aging

Reasonably affordable suspended animation (Not all that interested in being frozen when im already dead, with the hopes of maybe being revived like we do today)



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It is a no brainier. If you cure aging, then everything else will be in your life time as well. It is like finding a genie and you get one wish, of course you wish for more wishes! It might be greedy but one human life time at the current standard is just way too short.


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