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What was your "Holy Shit! We're living in the future" moment?

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What was your "Holy Shit! We're living in the future" moment?

From 4 months ago: What was your "Holy shit I live in the future" moment? [x-post from /r/AskReddit]

 

Well? What was that moment for you? I've already gone over this extensively in the Future Shock and We Live in The Future™ threads.


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I'm so young that I haven't even had mine yet tbh :p 


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"The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains." - Karl Marx
"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentleso temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."  - Mao Zedong


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alphaGo probably, decade ahead of schedule due to software improvements. Hope strong a.i. comes sooner than expected.


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Going to a comedy gig in my lounge, surrounded by people all over the world, also in their lounges with the comedy performer also in his lounge. The immersion is so real that the next day I really felt like I had gone to an event, that I was actually at something, rather than merely observing it.

 

I'm talking about AltspaceVR on the HTC vive and the comedian was Reggie Watts.

 



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Brexit, Trump and the resultant bubbling up of racist and authoritarian sentiment.

 

You were expecting a good future, weren't you? Surprise! Our future is going to resemble this!

 



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authoritarian sentiment

I thought you liberals loved authoritarian sentiment.


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I meditate too much. Because of this, I always have extremely deep thoughts about time, and how time is such a beautiful philosophical accomplishment.

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/\ Feeling present, and starting to gain some insight on the fleeting nature of consciousness is a wonder feeling, eh AWR.
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Current status: slaving away for the math gods of Pythagoras VII.


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Brexit, Trump and the resultant bubbling up of racist and authoritarian sentiment.

 

You were expecting a good future, weren't you? Surprise! Our future is going to resemble this!

 

Funny considering a socialist revolution caused such a world.


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The Snowden Revelations.


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I loudly predicted the second wave of the Global Financial Crisis would begin by the 31st of March 2017. But I was wrong! Observe my well-deserved public humiliation here, here and here. Let this be a warning to all of you who try to guess the future. Yes, that means you, reading this now! Put that prediction back in your pocket! Do it now, before it's too late! (Also check out my userpage, it's even funnier.)


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For me it wasn't until very recently, the ITS really made me think, wow that is actually going to be built and it will look like that. When all you've seen up until now is stuff that resembles the Apollo Capsules (Even the orbiters look as old as they are), the SpaceX concept video is a pleasne shock to the system :)

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My Holy Shit, this is the future moment...

 

Aubrey de Grey - "The first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today... whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries."

 

Aubrey de Grey is one of the most rational people I know and that's saying something.


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I thought you liberals loved authoritarian sentiment.


Some might. Though it never seemed to occur to you that authoritarianism can be private as well as state based.


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When i learned about the exponential nature of technology. This made me realize that even something like the iPhone, computers, cars, and so many things are marvels of our time. 


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The growth of computation is doubly exponential growth. 


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I thought you liberals loved authoritarian sentiment.


Some might. Though it never seemed to occur to you that authoritarianism can be private as well as state based.

 

I believe I've touched upon this myself.

 

Edit: yes, I have! Cripes, I really need to keep up with my blog more. 


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I thought you liberals loved authoritarian sentiment.


Some might. Though it never seemed to occur to you that authoritarianism can be private as well as state based.

 

Only if twinned with government corruption and regulations. The free market can never be corrupt by itself.


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Yes it can. That's blatantly ignoring human nature, by the way.
 


This is because you need both to be democracies if you want success. If one is authoritarian, soon enough both will be authoritarian. An authoritarian government will never keep its hands off the economy, and authoritarian business structures will always want to corrupt government. You need government in order to create a monopoly, and you need a business powerful enough to get government to create a monopoly in its favor. That’s why the argument over whether monopolies are the result of Big Business or Big Government is a pointless argument that’s very obviously divided along political lines— you need two to tango. If there’s a monopoly, breaking up the business with bigger government won’t solve anything. Likewise, shrinking the government wouldn’t solve anything either. You’d need to do both if you wanted to prevent it from happening again. However, as long as both are authoritarian structures, it will happen again. It’s just something we’d have to deal with time and time again.


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Its always the fact that I have access to so much and too much information which makes me wonder at the times we live in.
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^ Very, very true! 

 

Sometimes, living in interesting times is the furthest thing from a curse. I marvel at how interesting our times are, and I've recently been trying to wrap my mind around just how revolutionary these past 250 years have been. It's hard to understand just how many things we're doing now that people of earlier centuries and millennia could not dream of. How we've made what was once wealth and prestige look like absolute, dire poverty— we call ancient cities and empires 'advanced' and 'wealthy', but if they were around nowadays, they'd be on par with third world nations at absolute best. Imagine if you mixed the wealth of Malawi, the theocracy of Saudi Arabia, and the rigid totalitarianism of North Korea together. 2,000+ years ago, such a nation would have been the wealthiest, most advanced, and most progressive nation on Earth by a long shot. 

 

I mentioned this in one of the "compared to 2016" threads a while back, that you don't even need to bring up our glittering cities and smartphones to describe how technological advanced we are. Just mention our near ubiquitous clean water (in developed nations) and clean streets. Our electric lights and fast travel.

 

We grow ever more advanced each year. 


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