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Things To Come: A Timeline of Future Technology

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some of these are sci-fi magic ideas.


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some of these are sci-fi magic ideas.

Some technologies that we have today seemed like "sci-fi magic ideas" twenty, even ten years ago.

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some of these are sci-fi magic ideas.

AFAICT they're all real proposals, though some of them are probably going to be many decades later than suggested here. (Nano fabricators are probably 150-200 years away, for instance.)


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No, what I mean is the 'flying car scenario'. Basically phrased like a headline despite the fact that a helicopter is the real world equivalent of flying cars and not everyone has one for the drive to work. It talks about things based on real science without the thought about the prctical aspects of implementing it on a consumer scale and the required infrastructure to make it reliable and practical.

 

nuclear diamond batteries sound great, growing the diamond and encapsulating the nuclear waste while doing so is something that very likely cannot scale to the level of industrial production.

 

so too with some of the other things on here.

 

It is however also true that some of the things on this list are predicted to happen further out than makes sense given the progress on them recently.


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The real world equivalent of a flying car is an autonomous drone. Those are still being developed btw. Potentially they could cost the same as a ground based vehicle. I would not discount them quite yet. Bringing things to scale and making them economically practicable is simply a technical problem. Same way that Solar Power a decade ago was a pipe dream with such a small presence as to dismiss it as a far off dream with little practical viability. Of course given the exponential progression of said technology Solar Power is set to overtake all other forms of power generation very soon. 

 

If even half of the things in that infographic come to pass then our civilization will truly be progressing at a prodigious rate. After all look at the time scales. We are talking about things which are considered as you put it "based on real science without the practical aspects of implementing it on a consumer scale and the required infrastructure to make it reliable and practical."

 

Oh how that argument can be recycled again and again. Solar Power? Check. Autonomous vehicles? Check. Commercial space flight? Check. Personalized medicine? 

 

You could have used it for smartphones, computers, cars, electricity, and literally anything ever. 

 

The world is changing quick. Predicting things based on our normal intuition has been proven time and time again to be wrong. 


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The growth of computation is doubly exponential growth. 


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No, what I mean is the 'flying car scenario'. Basically phrased like a headline despite the fact that a helicopter is the real world equivalent of flying cars and not everyone has one for the drive to work. It talks about things based on real science without the thought about the prctical aspects of implementing it on a consumer scale and the required infrastructure to make it reliable and practical.

 

nuclear diamond batteries sound great, growing the diamond and encapsulating the nuclear waste while doing so is something that very likely cannot scale to the level of industrial production.

 

so too with some of the other things on here.

 

It is however also true that some of the things on this list are predicted to happen further out than makes sense given the progress on them recently.

Ah, okay. Thanks for explaining. Though interestingly literal flying cars are being tested and taken very seriously, though in a different manner than the 1960s scifi stuff...we call them passenger drones now.


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Only if we remain the kind of society that promotes science and education above religion. Reading history shows the reality that we're starting to move against those concepts. Electing Trump was a very bad idea.


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Only if we remain the kind of society that promotes science and education above religion. Reading history shows the reality that we're starting to move against those concepts. Electing Trump was a very bad idea.

You're quite funny...not.


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Solar cells are impossible to reach 100% efficiency. Even when the whole sky would be full of suns the theoretical limit is below 90%.

In reality the maxium we could reach is maybe 65% efficiency or even lower.







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