a theme i've noticed with this website is that most people are very optimistic for the future. Don't get me wrong, i am too, but let's be real: Militarization and War are going to continue for a long time. as I don't think when the 'singularity hits' (if it does anytime soon), we're just going to drop all our weapons, dispose of all our weapons of mass destruction, and discard of the military (speaking from the USA).
Most likely if there is another world war, it would be faught on the scarcity of resources; Maybe even other countries will ask the US to cut down on their resource usage and we will refuse (since i admit we do use a SHIT TON lol). But maybe the issue could be over bioterrorism, or chemical warfare. Hell, maybe even a self-replicating robot that consumes organic food to replicate, or makes it unedible to humans. All are possibilities. Our civilization as we know it could very well collapse, (and theres a good chance it might), in the near future. Obviously i don't think it'll collapse forever, but global pandemic seems to happen right after ages of peace and prosperity for rich nations. Although somewhere some country continues scientific conquest when one falls, so advancement does not stop when one nation falls
And what about the far future. As i said, It's not realistic for the singularity to happen and then world peace to just come up out of nowhere in my opinion. militarization of space will start, with the most advanced countries in space tech getting there first. And as we seperate farther and farther from the poorer countries, they eventually get the technology that we had years ago. Personally, I think war will continue far into when we become a space faring civilization. We may be super intelligent, but so are the other countries (or powers) of the world!.
I think we will definitely have issues over asteroid mining in the future since every country wants to be the richest. maybe we will fight over new earths even futher into the future, or dead worlds with a collosal amount of resources. We always say that the more advanced we get the more energy we require, yet we imagine a 'post scarcity civilization' where there's enough energy to go around in abundance for everyone when i just dont think this is the case. Poeple will demand more and more and more if there's an 'super abundant' amount of resources, we will eventually hit this limit. To be honest, Long distance Space travel might require a collosal amount of energy and resources we don't know about and that we are not happy to share with other nations. And ofcourse there will be a UN in the future, and i think they will gain power over time, but they can only do so much; you can't stop a super power from doing what they want to do.
What do you think?
Edited by Squillimy, 10 February 2013 - 11:37 PM.