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What futuristic stuff do you think will/won't exist


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What futuristic concepts do you think are purely sci-fi and will not exist vs ones that are real and that we (or our descendants) will see?

1. Teleportation I think is purely sci-fi. I mean of macroscopic objects because I know we have teleported some quantum objects.

2. Nanobots I think are purely Sci-Fi because of limitations in size. Micro-bots might become real though. Anything smaller than 100 micrometers might be out though.

3. Faster than light travel. I think this is pure science fiction except perhaps for faster than light communication once we have established a transceiver at the other end (extra-terrestrial).

4. Laser weapons. I think they'll be impractical. I think we'll mostly use bullets/missles battlestar Galactica style.

5. Shields to protect us from lasers/munitions. I think we will develop shields, but mostly to protect us from radiation.

That's all for now. List the stuff I'm missing! Be well, I will add more later or explain why I believe the way I do if asked to clarify.

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you think lasers are sci fi..?


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Ready your pitchforks people,

The most overrated concepts are everything to do with:

space colonisation, mining, and travel.

I think each will happen at some point in time, but not in the way its made out to be, as if of some great need, or as some great experience.
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  • You won't get to live forever unless you have a very loose definition of "you", "live", or "forever".
  • No teleportation of physical objects. Though I can imagine workarounds that are just as good.
  • Anything that implies human nature will change. Caveman principle.
  • Little to no control over higher toposophic minds. No magical perfect super AIs that always do your bidding and never have their own interests that may conflict with yours. Unless an even higher sophont creates one and give it to you.
  • There are of course many techs we could develop, but probably won't because they're pointless. Like battle mechs or glowing laser swords.

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Everything that is possible will or has been done in this or another universe. 


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Everything that is possible will or has been done in this or another universe. 

Thank you, Captain Obvious.


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Everything that is possible will or has been done in this or another universe. 

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

 

That is the only answer to the question of the thread. Strictly speaking. 


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you think lasers are sci fi..?


I think they would be an inefficient use of energy. The amount of energy needed to penetrate a hull would be so great that it would just be more efficient to use bullets and/or missiles

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you think lasers are sci fi..?


I think they would be an inefficient use of energy. The amount of energy needed to penetrate a hull would be so great that it would just be more efficient to use bullets and/or missiles

 

Bullets and missiles don't travel at the speed of light.


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you think lasers are sci fi..?


I think they would be an inefficient use of energy. The amount of energy needed to penetrate a hull would be so great that it would just be more efficient to use bullets and/or missiles

 

Bullets and missiles don't travel at the speed of light.

 

I think it will either be neither, or a mix of both, OR we may not even have conventional warfare.  Maybe the battles will be fought mentally, or digitally instead of physically.


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you think lasers are sci fi..?


I think they would be an inefficient use of energy. The amount of energy needed to penetrate a hull would be so great that it would just be more efficient to use bullets and/or missiles

 

Bullets and missiles don't travel at the speed of light.

 

I think it will either be neither, or a mix of both, OR we may not even have conventional warfare.  Maybe the battles will be fought mentally, or digitally instead of physically.

 

Yes, both have their applications.

 

As for fighting wars digitally, the only objective that makes sense in war is one that seeks to eliminate the enemy's capacity to fight. That's why wargames are pointless for settling military disputes--nothing stopping the loser from going and bombing the winner.


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you think lasers are sci fi..?


I think they would be an inefficient use of energy. The amount of energy needed to penetrate a hull would be so great that it would just be more efficient to use bullets and/or missiles

 

Bullets and missiles don't travel at the speed of light.

 

I think it will either be neither, or a mix of both, OR we may not even have conventional warfare.  Maybe the battles will be fought mentally, or digitally instead of physically.

 

Yes, both have their applications.

 

As for fighting wars digitally, the only objective that makes sense in war is one that seeks to eliminate the enemy's capacity to fight. That's why wargames are pointless for settling military disputes--nothing stopping the loser from going and bombing the winner.

 

Yes, but if all of the enemy is accessible through a form of connected net, attacking that might be just as effective as physical attacks.


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you think lasers are sci fi..?


I think they would be an inefficient use of energy. The amount of energy needed to penetrate a hull would be so great that it would just be more efficient to use bullets and/or missiles

 

Bullets and missiles don't travel at the speed of light.

 

I think it will either be neither, or a mix of both, OR we may not even have conventional warfare.  Maybe the battles will be fought mentally, or digitally instead of physically.

 

Yes, both have their applications.

 

As for fighting wars digitally, the only objective that makes sense in war is one that seeks to eliminate the enemy's capacity to fight. That's why wargames are pointless for settling military disputes--nothing stopping the loser from going and bombing the winner.

 

Yes, but if all of the enemy is accessible through a form of connected net, attacking that might be just as effective as physical attacks.

 

When would that ever be the case? Seems stupid not to have aircraft and tanks handy for precisely this reason.


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When would that ever be the case? Seems stupid not to have aircraft and tanks handy for precisely this reason.

yes, there could be fighting on both fronts.  And presumably in the future there would be an all connecting internet of stuff.


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  • de-extinction: i don't care what people are going to say, it is impossible
  • mechs: it can be done but not at this pace.
  • sex-bots: if you want a  sex bot with feelings, wait a few centuries.
  • mind uploading: may be possible but not in our lifetime. we have to give up what it means to be "yourself" then trying to study a brain for decades.
  • reversal of global warming: sulfur dioxide maybe could help with this but with alot of obsaclces like iginaratn global warming deinals, we're better off evoling darker skinn. kiss good bye to brown haired people, redheads, and blondes.


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Ready your pitchforks people,
The most overrated concepts are everything to do with:
space colonisation, mining, and travel.
I think each will happen at some point in time, but not in the way its made out to be, as if of some great need, or as some great experience.


Could I ask why you think that? I see us eventually using biofuels to create a space industry. What limitations do you foresee? By the way, I was thinking last night how much I missed your posts and JC something (? I forgot his name, but I wish he would come back so I could apologize to him. Older guy. I see now he was quite wise and I was a bit rash in dismissing his concerns and in a way this thread is to honor his type of insight).

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When even well known physicians disagree with you, you might want to revise your theory.

 

I think a better question of what technologies will become more relevant in the future, and expanded upon. And this is impossible without understanding the evolution of our own society.

 

Cultures play a significant part in what technologies will be available. Japan has Vending Machines for everything it seems like, but over here we have such a Religious Right phenominon anything progressive related to porn are gerry mandered in a congress session into infinite and beyond.

 

For me, it's more, which empire will outlast the American one. And in this, this answer lies in who is the fastest to adapt to change in social dynamics and technology.


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Sure Unity:

Mining - We grow with technology. By the time we are capable of this ridiculous massive engineering and logistic task, better technologies evolve.

Space travel - Travel times huge, uncomfortable. Views from space through your helmet spaceship windows wouldnt be much more interesting than on your pc. More likely weightlessness would be the greater experience. The masses have little interest in space.

Colonies - Great for an apocalyptic scenario, or when Trump decides aliens, meteorites or zombies attack. Forgets the entire history of mankind and civilisation. We are social beings, heading to a future less dependent on all things physical.
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