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I've just picked a random year: 2060. That's 42 years from now. So rather like a person from 1976 imagining the world today.

 

In terms of culture, economics and politics, how do you imagine the world will look by then? What will be the main issues facing society?

 

For the average person in a developed country, will things be overall better or worse than now?


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Culture? Society? In 2060?

Don't make me laugh.

The reality? There are millions of normal people who are starting to LIKE the idea of fascism BECAUSE there are literal bolsheviks flooding the streets and attacking people. I swear to God, when the Left actually gets the storm they've been preaching about, you won't even see it on the news. The population will just shrink from 330 million to 230 million overnight and nobody will ever speak of it again.


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molecular manufacturing restructures economy, immunotherapy is standardized cancer becomes negligent along with heart disease. Computers in windows and everyones clothes, glasses, and bodies. Cost of living becomes practically zero, third world countries get uplifted to first world states due to this. Robotics replaces most physical jobs and law enforcements. Life extension increases life expectancy to 100, medical trials still take 20-30+years to get to humans.


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I've just picked a random year: 2060. That's 42 years from now. So rather like a person from 1976 imagining the world today.

 

In terms of culture, economics and politics, how do you imagine the world will look by then? What will be the main issues facing society?

 

For the average person in a developed country, will things be overall better or worse than now?

Robots and disembodied AI personal assistants that talk to you through your personal devices (worn and perhaps implanted in your body) will be omnipresent. They will be in your home and in public spaces, and will follow you wherever you go. If we could see it today, we'd be shocked at how much work and thinking had been "offloaded" to machines. 

 

Additionally, machines will prove themselves as creative and artistic as the best humans by 2060. We'll make the realization that "creative jobs" can't serve as humanity's enduring niche. Even they can be automated, and most humans aren't that creative, anyway. 

 

Technological unemployment will definitely be a major problem. A "main issue" facing society will be the growing threat of humans becoming obsolete. The writing will be on the wall. 

 

The global economy will be much larger than it is today. There will not have been an "economic collapse." 

 

The Cold War-era stalwart weapons like the F-16, MiG-29, M1 tanks, etc. that live on thanks to upgrades will have all been finally retired from service by 2060, except perhaps among third-rate militaries. F-35s will be considered old junk.  

 

China will have closed most of the various "gaps" with the West. Chinese people below 40 will only ever have known their country to be strong and modern. 

 

In developed countries, I think life in 2060 will, overall, be better than life today. Overcrowding will hurt quality of life, though. 

 

Space tourism will be routine, there will be a small, permanent human presence on the Moon, and possibly Mars. A mission to Mars will probably have happened by 2060, and the habitat will be there as a permanent structure. I'm just unsure if humans will be living there year round. 



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Both the moon and Mars will have been colonized, with the former being an actual, bustling colony that dots all across its surface whereas Mars will have a single station or a few with several astronauts doing mostly scientific observations and research. It'll be a result of a joint USA-EU effort, with SpaceX and Blue Origin's heavy lifting assistance. The SLS will have long ago been scrubbed after one or two launches, costing at least $1 billion each.

 

Venus will have a manned mission orbiting around it doing scientific observations and research as well. I'll go far to say the Chinese or Indians may be the first ones to do it, after their own versions of SpaceX/Blue Origin have developed into capable companies.

 

Multi-national collaborative plans for a manned mission to the Jovian moons are being implemented, although Elon Musk's son, now SpaceX's CEO, is claiming SpaceX will be the first to send humans there.

 

Asteroid mining will have become a full-fledged industry, bringing in enormous profits for the companies involved. The resulting mined resources will have been consumed, in ever greater quantities, for the manned missions and establishing colonies around the nearby planets and their moons.

 

Autonomous rovers will be sent out to the moons further away than ever before. They will be intelligent enough to do all the scientific exploration without nary an input, sending back organized data to Earth.


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Just like if you showed a lighter to a caveman or a rocketship to a babylonian. Our understanding for such things at such a time will be meager. Far too meager. 


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Mankind will have colonized the whole solar system. Life expectancy is indefinite due to a copy of your mind being saved on a cloud. Superintelligent AI will have gotten rid of the need for humans to work and many humans are now cyborgs. the idea of working to live is barbaric in these times and a antiquated practice. National boundaries still exist but they are blurred. People commute between continents daily using a hyperloop transportation network or suborbital flights if they need too. People identify with their culture like otherkin, furry, trap, lesbian, weeboo, smurf etc over what we identify ourselves with today (race, culture, religion, location). 


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*Cure for cancer

*Cure for AIDS

*Small human presence on the Moon

*Man will have walked on Mars

*Several space stations

*Nootropics given to children struggling in school; proves effective

* Still no True AI

* Ocean cities

*Continents on exoplanets seen in grainy detail with a telescope

* A change in the internet and computers that our minds can't even imagine

* Sex change operations will be like magic

* First synthetic human created, sparking outrage from every major religion

* TV's are a quirky rare accessory

* Still no alien life detected

* Nuclear fusion still 30 years away...... :mole: 

*Music will be weird

* Most exotic animals will be extinct

* Skyscrapers reach the heavens

*Several countries have space elevators

* Scientists will dilate time in the lab, for nanoseconds

* We will know pretty much what the universe's ultimate fate will be

* Summers will be beyond brutal

* Nanotechnology will be a dud

*Self-driving cars a fad that is gone

* We will observe something in the universe (a particle or a cosmic entity) moving faster than light

*We will know how many galaxies is in the universe. Probably 10 trillion as opposed to the 2 trillion we can see now

* Human males will be on average taller, (6') while womens height still hovers around 5'3 or 5'4

*People will live to a least 130 in some places

* Fish and chocolate are commodities only for the very, very rich

* Everybody will be on anti-depressants and it will be normal for people to admit it 

* 3 day weekend (hopefully)

* Most languages dead

* Atheism begins to rise

*War involving humans on the ground will be obsolete

* Androgynous is the new chic

* People who still write on paper are considered hipsters

* Some people will reject technology and form 2010's style era communities; equivalent of neo-Amish

*Megacorporations dominate, and are few in number

* Quadrillionaires in the asteroid mining business

*100 dollar bills will be like 20's. Yes, physical money will still exist.The closest thing to paper that still exists but no coins

* Sci-fi novels and movies will no longer be popular and instead society will turn to historical documentaries and fantasy for entertainment

* Holography a passing fad.



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I have a pretty Utopian view of 2060.

 

- All diseases either curable or manageable

- All mental illnesses either permanently curable, or treatable (on a continual basis) to the point where the symptoms are completely or almost completely eliminated. This renders humanity's overall mental health of 2060 as being much better than the present day's regardless of any other external circumstances.

- The aging process can be halted, though not necessarily reversed

- Self driving cars have become ubiquitous across most of the world, though manual cars are still allowed because a) AI is sophisticated enough to account for any mistakes that humans make on the road and b) people who want to drive manually are a small minority totaling under 1 percent anyway

- Regardless of whether AI manages to reach human-level intelligence in every possible way, AI has still wiped out most jobs across the board

- Permanent settlements on Mars have been set up for some time now. Horror stories abound about how the quality of life on Mars is so much worse than what we're accustomed to on Earth, due to lesser technology or despots having an easier time controlling a smaller population.

- Some countries are still much better or worse off than others, but today's third world countries enjoy a better standard of living in 2060 than first world countries do in 2018

 

To give a very vague outline of what I think the preceding decades will be like:

 

2050s - The world's improved to the point where the general mood around the world is that we're building towards a Utopian society (not that things will literally be perfect, but)

2040s - Basic structure of society has been reinvented in a lot of ways, many limitations of the 2010s are either gone or greatly loosened, overall mood is very positive even though far more problems exist than during the 50s or 60s

2030s - Transitional decade. Technology speeds up dramatically compared to the previous decade. The society of 2030 is much more recognizable to someone from 2018 than the society of 2039. The mood is mixed, with certain aspects of society still in shambles or growing worse, but others either improving or beginning to show a light at the end of the tunnel. Technology can't solve everything yet, but most people are beginning to get the impression that all the problems of daily life will eventually be solved. 3rd world countries are in significantly better shape by the decade's end thanks to the proliferation of Satellite internet during the 20s - much worse off than 1st world countries, but global hunger has been minimized and the people of these countries are generally happy. All mood disorders and trauma disorders can be cured or treated, but not necessarily things like schizophrenia or learning disorders. Cancer doesn't become curable this decade, but becomes a chronic illness by the decade's end.

2020s - Technology causes a great number of changes, to the point where even the average person stands up and takes notice (bringing an end to "where is my jetpack/where are my flying cars"-style sentiments); the 20s are recognized as being one of the most technologically revolutionary decades in human history up to this point. Chaotic decade where the general mood is of negativity and fear. Third world countries make significant progress, but the dichotomy of "first worlders living good lives and third worlders living shitty ones" remains. Close to 100 percent of the world has internet by the decade's end. The overall structure of society is shaken up in many ways, but remains intact. Moderately important strides in all fields that are being discussed here in 2018, though some fields are still immature and not particularly useful.



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People commute between continents daily using a hyperloop transportation network or suborbital flights if they need too.

Wouldn't it be easier to telecommute using FIVR, which might control a humanoid robot at your worksite in the other continent? 



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*Cure for cancer [NOT SURE ABOUT A CURE, BUT MUCH BETTER TREATMENTS AND SURVIVAL RATES]

*Cure for AIDS [MAYBE. A VACCINE IS MORE LIKELY.]

*Small human presence on the Moon [AGREE]

*Man will have walked on Mars [90% LIKELY]

*Several space stations [AGREE]

*Nootropics given to children struggling in school; proves effective [ADDERALL COULD ALREADY BE CONSIDERED A NOOTROPIC. I AGREE THERE WILL BE BETTER ONES BY 2060, WITH FEWER SIDE EFFECTS]

* Still no True AI [40% CHANCE WE'VE INVENTED IT BY 2060; 60% CHANCE NOT. HARDWARE WILL NO LONGER BE THE OBSTACLE THOUGH. A <$1 MILLION SUPERCOMPUTER WILL HAVE THE SAME COMPUTATIONAL POWER AS THE UPPER LEVEL ESTIMATES OF THE HUMAN BRAIN.]

* Ocean cities [FLOATING OR UNDERWATER? I DOUBT TRUE CITIES OF EITHER TYPE WILL EXIST. THE HUMAN POPULATION WON'T BE HIGH ENOUGH YET/.]

*Continents on exoplanets seen in grainy detail with a telescope [UNSURE ABOUT LIMITS TO TELESCOPE RESOLUTION AT SUCH DISTANCES. YOU MIGHT WANT TO RESEARCH THIS MORE CLOSELY.]

* A change in the internet and computers that our minds can't even imagine

* Sex change operations will be like magic [I DOUBT IT WILL BE SO GOOD THAT PEOPLE WILL THINK IT "MAGICAL." DEFINITELY CHEAPER AND BETTER THAN TODAY THOUGH.]

* First synthetic human created, sparking outrage from every major religion [WHAT IS A "SYNTHETIC HUMAN"?]

* TV's are a quirky rare accessory [I THINK WALL-SIZED, PAPER-THIN TVS WILL STILL BE VERY COMMON.]

* Still no alien life detected [POSSIBLY MICROBIAL LIFE ELSEWHERE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM. THE IMPACT ON HUMANITY WILL BE SMALL.]

* Nuclear fusion still 30 years away...... :mole: [SMALL CHANCE THEY MIGHT HAVE SOLVED IT.]

*Music will be weird

* Most exotic animals will be extinct

* Skyscrapers reach the heavens

*Several countries have space elevators [DISAGREE]

* Scientists will dilate time in the lab, for nanoseconds [EXPLAIN]

* We will know pretty much what the universe's ultimate fate will be

* Summers will be beyond brutal [...AND WINTERS WILL BE MORE PLEASANT.]

* Nanotechnology will be a dud [I THINK IT MIGHT BE HITTING ITS STRIDE BY 2060, BUT THE NANOMACHINES WOULD BE BASED ON BIOLOGY, NOT MNT.]

*Self-driving cars a fad that is gone [DISAGREE.]

* We will observe something in the universe (a particle or a cosmic entity) moving faster than light

*We will know how many galaxies is in the universe. Probably 10 trillion as opposed to the 2 trillion we can see now

* Human males will be on average taller, (6') while womens height still hovers around 5'3 or 5'4 [WHY?]

*People will live to a least 130 in some places [AGREE]

* Fish and chocolate are commodities only for the very, very rich [DISAGREE]

* Everybody will be on anti-depressants and it will be normal for people to admit it [DISAGREE THAT EVERYONE WILL BE ON THEM, BUT AGREE THAT MENTAL ILLNESS WILL BE MUCH MORE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE TO TALK ABOUT.]

* 3 day weekend (hopefully) [QUITE POSSIBLE. IF GOVERNMENTS HANDLED TECHNOLOGICAL MASS UNEMPLOYMENT THE SMART WAY, WE'D SEE THINGS LIKE THREE-DAY WEEKENDS AND SHORTER WORK DAYS GRADUALLY PHASED IN. I'M NOT SURE IF WE'RE ALL SMART ENOUGH TO DO IT THE SMART WAY, THOUGH.]

* Most languages dead [DISAGREE. INSTANT TRANSLATORS WOULD ACTUALLY DIMINISH THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO SPEAK ANYTHING BUT THEIR NATIVE TONGUES. MACHINES WILL HAVE PRESERVED ALL HUMAN LANGUAGES, ANYHOW, SO WE COULD ALL DIE OUT, AND DETAILED RECORDS OF AFRIKAANS WOULD STILL EXIST.]

* Atheism begins to rise [ISN'T IT ALREADY RISING?]

*War involving humans on the ground will be obsolete [TOO EARLY. I THINK AROUND 2100 WE'LL BE TRULY OBSOLETE.]

* Androgynous is the new chic [QUITE POSSIBLE. CHIC NEVER MAKES ANY SENSE.]

* People who still write on paper are considered hipsters [DEFINITELY AT SOME POINT, HANDWRITING WILL BECOME SOMETHING AKIN TO A HIPSTER PURSUIT, JUST LIKE VINYL RECORDS ARE NOW.]

* Some people will reject technology and form 2010's style era communities; equivalent of neo-Amish [AGREE] 

*Megacorporations dominate, and are few in number [AGREE]

* Quadrillionaires in the asteroid mining business [GIVEN HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO FIND VALUABLE ASTEROIDS, SEND SPACECRAFT TO THEM, ALTER THEIR TRAJECTORIES TO INTERSECT EARTH, AND TO ACTUALLY GET THEM HERE, I THINK 2060 IS TOO EARLY FOR ANYONE TO BE MAKING A FORTUNE OFF OF ASTEROID MINING.]

*100 dollar bills will be like 20's. Yes, physical money will still exist.The closest thing to paper that still exists but no coins [POSSIBLE]

* Sci-fi novels and movies will no longer be popular and instead society will turn to historical documentaries and fantasy for entertainment [DOUBT IT.]

* Holography a passing fad. [UNSURE]


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I have a pretty Utopian view of 2060.

 

- All diseases either curable or manageable [DISAGREE]

- All mental illnesses either permanently curable, or treatable (on a continual basis) to the point where the symptoms are completely or almost completely eliminated. This renders humanity's overall mental health of 2060 as being much better than the present day's regardless of any other external circumstances. [DISAGREE ABOUT CURES, BUT AGREE ABOUT IMPROVED TREATMENTS.]

- The aging process can be halted, though not necessarily reversed [I THINK SOME TREATMENTS PROVEN TO SLOW THE AGING PROCESS WILL EXIST, BUT IT WON'T BE HALTED FOR DECADES TO COME.]

- Self driving cars have become ubiquitous across most of the world, though manual cars are still allowed because a) AI is sophisticated enough to account for any mistakes that humans make on the road and b) people who want to drive manually are a small minority totaling under 1 percent anyway [AGREE]

- Regardless of whether AI manages to reach human-level intelligence in every possible way, AI has still wiped out most jobs across the board [NOT SURE ABOUT "MOST" (50%+) JOBS. HOWEVER, A LARGE FRACTION WILL BE GONE FOR SURE, WITH MORE DISAPPEARING EACH DAY. COUNTRIES WILL STRONG, GROWING ECONOMIES WILL PROBABLY HAVE 30%+ STRUCTURAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES.]

- Permanent settlements on Mars have been set up for some time now. Horror stories abound about how the quality of life on Mars is so much worse than what we're accustomed to on Earth, due to lesser technology or despots having an easier time controlling a smaller population. [I AGREE THAT LIFE ON THE MOON AND MARS WILL TURN OUT TO BE WAY WORSE THAN PEOPLE IMAGINED. THANKS TO TIGHT RESOURCES, THE BASES WILL BE RUN LIKE MILITARY FACILITIES OR DICTATORSHIPS. EVERYONE WILL WORK 12 HOUR DAYS AT LEAST, JUST TO LIVE THE EQUIVALENT OF A SUBMARINER'S LIFE.]

- Some countries are still much better or worse off than others, but today's third world countries enjoy a better standard of living in 2060 than first world countries do in 2018 [MAYBE.]

 

To give a very vague outline of what I think the preceding decades will be like:

 

2050s - The world's improved to the point where the general mood around the world is that we're building towards a Utopian society (not that things will literally be perfect, but) [BE CAREFUL. HUMANS HAVE A REMARKABLE ABILITY TO GET USED TO ANYTHING AND TO QUICKLY FORGET ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THEIR LIVES AND TO FOCUS ON NEW PROBLEMS.]

2040s - Basic structure of society has been reinvented in a lot of ways, many limitations of the 2010s are either gone or greatly loosened, overall mood is very positive even though far more problems exist than during the 50s or 60s

2030s - Transitional decade. Technology speeds up dramatically compared to the previous decade. The society of 2030 is much more recognizable to someone from 2018 than the society of 2039. The mood is mixed, with certain aspects of society still in shambles or growing worse, but others either improving or beginning to show a light at the end of the tunnel. Technology can't solve everything yet, but most people are beginning to get the impression that all the problems of daily life will eventually be solved. 3rd world countries are in significantly better shape by the decade's end thanks to the proliferation of Satellite internet during the 20s - much worse off than 1st world countries, but global hunger has been minimized and the people of these countries are generally happy. All mood disorders and trauma disorders can be cured or treated, but not necessarily things like schizophrenia or learning disorders. Cancer doesn't become curable this decade, but becomes a chronic illness by the decade's end.

2020s - Technology causes a great number of changes, to the point where even the average person stands up and takes notice (bringing an end to "where is my jetpack/where are my flying cars"-style sentiments); the 20s are recognized as being one of the most technologically revolutionary decades in human history up to this point. Chaotic decade where the general mood is of negativity and fear. Third world countries make significant progress, but the dichotomy of "first worlders living good lives and third worlders living shitty ones" remains. Close to 100 percent of the world has internet by the decade's end. [AGREE] The overall structure of society is shaken up in many ways, but remains intact. Moderately important strides in all fields that are being discussed here in 2018, though some fields are still immature and not particularly useful.


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*Cure for cancer [NOT SURE ABOUT A CURE, BUT MUCH BETTER TREATMENTS AND SURVIVAL RATES]

*Cure for AIDS [MAYBE. A VACCINE IS MORE LIKELY.]

*Small human presence on the Moon [AGREE]

*Man will have walked on Mars [90% LIKELY]

*Several space stations [AGREE]

*Nootropics given to children struggling in school; proves effective [ADDERALL COULD ALREADY BE CONSIDERED A NOOTROPIC. I AGREE THERE WILL BE BETTER ONES BY 2060, WITH FEWER SIDE EFFECTS]

* Still no True AI [40% CHANCE WE'VE INVENTED IT BY 2060; 60% CHANCE NOT. HARDWARE WILL NO LONGER BE THE OBSTACLE THOUGH. A <$1 MILLION SUPERCOMPUTER WILL HAVE THE SAME COMPUTATIONAL POWER AS THE UPPER LEVEL ESTIMATES OF THE HUMAN BRAIN.]

* Ocean cities [FLOATING OR UNDERWATER? I DOUBT TRUE CITIES OF EITHER TYPE WILL EXIST. THE HUMAN POPULATION WON'T BE HIGH ENOUGH YET/.]

*Continents on exoplanets seen in grainy detail with a telescope [UNSURE ABOUT LIMITS TO TELESCOPE RESOLUTION AT SUCH DISTANCES. YOU MIGHT WANT TO RESEARCH THIS MORE CLOSELY.]

* A change in the internet and computers that our minds can't even imagine

* Sex change operations will be like magic [I DOUBT IT WILL BE SO GOOD THAT PEOPLE WILL THINK IT "MAGICAL." DEFINITELY CHEAPER AND BETTER THAN TODAY THOUGH.]

* First synthetic human created, sparking outrage from every major religion [WHAT IS A "SYNTHETIC HUMAN"?]

* TV's are a quirky rare accessory [I THINK WALL-SIZED, PAPER-THIN TVS WILL STILL BE VERY COMMON.]

* Still no alien life detected [POSSIBLY MICROBIAL LIFE ELSEWHERE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM. THE IMPACT ON HUMANITY WILL BE SMALL.]

* Nuclear fusion still 30 years away...... :mole: [SMALL CHANCE THEY MIGHT HAVE SOLVED IT.]

*Music will be weird

* Most exotic animals will be extinct

* Skyscrapers reach the heavens

*Several countries have space elevators [DISAGREE]

* Scientists will dilate time in the lab, for nanoseconds [EXPLAIN]

* We will know pretty much what the universe's ultimate fate will be

* Summers will be beyond brutal [...AND WINTERS WILL BE MORE PLEASANT.]

* Nanotechnology will be a dud [I THINK IT MIGHT BE HITTING ITS STRIDE BY 2060, BUT THE NANOMACHINES WOULD BE BASED ON BIOLOGY, NOT MNT.]

*Self-driving cars a fad that is gone [DISAGREE.]

* We will observe something in the universe (a particle or a cosmic entity) moving faster than light

*We will know how many galaxies is in the universe. Probably 10 trillion as opposed to the 2 trillion we can see now

* Human males will be on average taller, (6') while womens height still hovers around 5'3 or 5'4 [WHY?]

*People will live to a least 130 in some places [AGREE]

* Fish and chocolate are commodities only for the very, very rich [DISAGREE]

* Everybody will be on anti-depressants and it will be normal for people to admit it [DISAGREE THAT EVERYONE WILL BE ON THEM, BUT AGREE THAT MENTAL ILLNESS WILL BE MUCH MORE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE TO TALK ABOUT.]

* 3 day weekend (hopefully) [QUITE POSSIBLE. IF GOVERNMENTS HANDLED TECHNOLOGICAL MASS UNEMPLOYMENT THE SMART WAY, WE'D SEE THINGS LIKE THREE-DAY WEEKENDS AND SHORTER WORK DAYS GRADUALLY PHASED IN. I'M NOT SURE IF WE'RE ALL SMART ENOUGH TO DO IT THE SMART WAY, THOUGH.]

* Most languages dead [DISAGREE. INSTANT TRANSLATORS WOULD ACTUALLY DIMINISH THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO SPEAK ANYTHING BUT THEIR NATIVE TONGUES. MACHINES WILL HAVE PRESERVED ALL HUMAN LANGUAGES, ANYHOW, SO WE COULD ALL DIE OUT, AND DETAILED RECORDS OF AFRIKAANS WOULD STILL EXIST.]

* Atheism begins to rise [ISN'T IT ALREADY RISING?]

*War involving humans on the ground will be obsolete [TOO EARLY. I THINK AROUND 2100 WE'LL BE TRULY OBSOLETE.]

* Androgynous is the new chic [QUITE POSSIBLE. CHIC NEVER MAKES ANY SENSE.]

* People who still write on paper are considered hipsters [DEFINITELY AT SOME POINT, HANDWRITING WILL BECOME SOMETHING AKIN TO A HIPSTER PURSUIT, JUST LIKE VINYL RECORDS ARE NOW.]

* Some people will reject technology and form 2010's style era communities; equivalent of neo-Amish [AGREE] 

*Megacorporations dominate, and are few in number [AGREE]

* Quadrillionaires in the asteroid mining business [GIVEN HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO FIND VALUABLE ASTEROIDS, SEND SPACECRAFT TO THEM, ALTER THEIR TRAJECTORIES TO INTERSECT EARTH, AND TO ACTUALLY GET THEM HERE, I THINK 2060 IS TOO EARLY FOR ANYONE TO BE MAKING A FORTUNE OFF OF ASTEROID MINING.]

*100 dollar bills will be like 20's. Yes, physical money will still exist.The closest thing to paper that still exists but no coins [POSSIBLE]

* Sci-fi novels and movies will no longer be popular and instead society will turn to historical documentaries and fantasy for entertainment [DOUBT IT.]

* Holography a passing fad. [UNSURE]

 

A synthetic human will be created in a lab without any reproductive processes

 

Time dilation. I drew a blank sorry



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I'm thinking it will be more about privacy and security issue, people have control of their own data and nothing can hack that. Bank, social media, mobility need to be more secure. 



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global quality of life is only growing very slowly due to the impacts of climate change.

 

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I'm warring with myself between optimistic and more realist views for the time between now and 2060. The thing I'm acutely aware of right now is that food, clothing, transportation, education, etc in the last 40 years isn't staggeringly different than it was then. and not much of that is mind bogglingly different than it was 20 years before that.

 

They thought the youth of the day were uncouth, rude and adverse to work; that politicians were more corrupt and the society and nation was on the verge of collapse because of both of these aspects.

 

But by the same token the access to information, computers, communication, etc are vastly different, and they are enabling some very amazing things to be realised in the world.

 

40 years seems a long time but culture and society move glacially in some ways. Which of those traits will dominate the lives of humans in 2060 I'm not sure. 


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Do you remember film, where is ppl eat brain boost pills, that improve almost every skills. I think in future, this pills:https://nootropicboost.com. Will be in every house and every one will use it!



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I've just picked a random year: 2060. That's 42 years from now. So rather like a person from 1976 imagining the world today.

 

In terms of culture, economics and politics, how do you imagine the world will look by then? What will be the main issues facing society?

 

For the average person in a developed country, will things be overall better or worse than now?

Things will be much better for an average person economically in a developed society by 2060. However, there is probably going to be much more political, ethnic, and religious polarization than there currently is--especially, but not only, in Europe. Western Europe is also going to have a growing problem with terrorism and extremism due to its growing Muslim population.

 

I do think that more countries would have legalized same-sex marriage by 2060, though the Muslim world will still be extremely behind--as expected.



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*Cure for cancer [NOT SURE ABOUT A CURE, BUT MUCH BETTER TREATMENTS AND SURVIVAL RATES]

*Cure for AIDS [MAYBE. A VACCINE IS MORE LIKELY.]

*Small human presence on the Moon [AGREE]

*Man will have walked on Mars [90% LIKELY]

*Several space stations [AGREE]

*Nootropics given to children struggling in school; proves effective [ADDERALL COULD ALREADY BE CONSIDERED A NOOTROPIC. I AGREE THERE WILL BE BETTER ONES BY 2060, WITH FEWER SIDE EFFECTS]

* Still no True AI [40% CHANCE WE'VE INVENTED IT BY 2060; 60% CHANCE NOT. HARDWARE WILL NO LONGER BE THE OBSTACLE THOUGH. A <$1 MILLION SUPERCOMPUTER WILL HAVE THE SAME COMPUTATIONAL POWER AS THE UPPER LEVEL ESTIMATES OF THE HUMAN BRAIN.]

* Ocean cities [FLOATING OR UNDERWATER? I DOUBT TRUE CITIES OF EITHER TYPE WILL EXIST. THE HUMAN POPULATION WON'T BE HIGH ENOUGH YET/.]

*Continents on exoplanets seen in grainy detail with a telescope [UNSURE ABOUT LIMITS TO TELESCOPE RESOLUTION AT SUCH DISTANCES. YOU MIGHT WANT TO RESEARCH THIS MORE CLOSELY.]

* A change in the internet and computers that our minds can't even imagine

* Sex change operations will be like magic [I DOUBT IT WILL BE SO GOOD THAT PEOPLE WILL THINK IT "MAGICAL." DEFINITELY CHEAPER AND BETTER THAN TODAY THOUGH.]

* First synthetic human created, sparking outrage from every major religion [WHAT IS A "SYNTHETIC HUMAN"?]

* TV's are a quirky rare accessory [I THINK WALL-SIZED, PAPER-THIN TVS WILL STILL BE VERY COMMON.]

* Still no alien life detected [POSSIBLY MICROBIAL LIFE ELSEWHERE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM. THE IMPACT ON HUMANITY WILL BE SMALL.]

* Nuclear fusion still 30 years away...... :mole: [SMALL CHANCE THEY MIGHT HAVE SOLVED IT.]

*Music will be weird

* Most exotic animals will be extinct

* Skyscrapers reach the heavens

*Several countries have space elevators [DISAGREE]

* Scientists will dilate time in the lab, for nanoseconds [EXPLAIN]

* We will know pretty much what the universe's ultimate fate will be

* Summers will be beyond brutal [...AND WINTERS WILL BE MORE PLEASANT.]

* Nanotechnology will be a dud [I THINK IT MIGHT BE HITTING ITS STRIDE BY 2060, BUT THE NANOMACHINES WOULD BE BASED ON BIOLOGY, NOT MNT.]

*Self-driving cars a fad that is gone [DISAGREE.]

* We will observe something in the universe (a particle or a cosmic entity) moving faster than light

*We will know how many galaxies is in the universe. Probably 10 trillion as opposed to the 2 trillion we can see now

* Human males will be on average taller, (6') while womens height still hovers around 5'3 or 5'4 [WHY?]

*People will live to a least 130 in some places [AGREE]

* Fish and chocolate are commodities only for the very, very rich [DISAGREE]

* Everybody will be on anti-depressants and it will be normal for people to admit it [DISAGREE THAT EVERYONE WILL BE ON THEM, BUT AGREE THAT MENTAL ILLNESS WILL BE MUCH MORE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE TO TALK ABOUT.]

* 3 day weekend (hopefully) [QUITE POSSIBLE. IF GOVERNMENTS HANDLED TECHNOLOGICAL MASS UNEMPLOYMENT THE SMART WAY, WE'D SEE THINGS LIKE THREE-DAY WEEKENDS AND SHORTER WORK DAYS GRADUALLY PHASED IN. I'M NOT SURE IF WE'RE ALL SMART ENOUGH TO DO IT THE SMART WAY, THOUGH.]

* Most languages dead [DISAGREE. INSTANT TRANSLATORS WOULD ACTUALLY DIMINISH THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO SPEAK ANYTHING BUT THEIR NATIVE TONGUES. MACHINES WILL HAVE PRESERVED ALL HUMAN LANGUAGES, ANYHOW, SO WE COULD ALL DIE OUT, AND DETAILED RECORDS OF AFRIKAANS WOULD STILL EXIST.]

* Atheism begins to rise [ISN'T IT ALREADY RISING?]

*War involving humans on the ground will be obsolete [TOO EARLY. I THINK AROUND 2100 WE'LL BE TRULY OBSOLETE.]

* Androgynous is the new chic [QUITE POSSIBLE. CHIC NEVER MAKES ANY SENSE.]

* People who still write on paper are considered hipsters [DEFINITELY AT SOME POINT, HANDWRITING WILL BECOME SOMETHING AKIN TO A HIPSTER PURSUIT, JUST LIKE VINYL RECORDS ARE NOW.]

* Some people will reject technology and form 2010's style era communities; equivalent of neo-Amish [AGREE] 

*Megacorporations dominate, and are few in number [AGREE]

* Quadrillionaires in the asteroid mining business [GIVEN HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO FIND VALUABLE ASTEROIDS, SEND SPACECRAFT TO THEM, ALTER THEIR TRAJECTORIES TO INTERSECT EARTH, AND TO ACTUALLY GET THEM HERE, I THINK 2060 IS TOO EARLY FOR ANYONE TO BE MAKING A FORTUNE OFF OF ASTEROID MINING.]

*100 dollar bills will be like 20's. Yes, physical money will still exist.The closest thing to paper that still exists but no coins [POSSIBLE]

* Sci-fi novels and movies will no longer be popular and instead society will turn to historical documentaries and fantasy for entertainment [DOUBT IT.]

* Holography a passing fad. [UNSURE]

 

A synthetic human will be created in a lab without any reproductive processes

 

Time dilation. I drew a blank sorry

You mean a cloned eunuch?






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