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How advanced do you hope the world will be when you are old?


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Growing up on science fiction I was expecting the world to be far more like science fiction by now. I mean sure, The Internet, computers, smartphones, life like video games, electric cars, flat screen monitors, are all cool and high tech. But I was wondering what do you hope to see in your life time in terms of inventions?

 


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I hope

1. Religions like Islam will be moderating and disappearing.

2. We can get to space for 5 million dollars; grasshopper tech, space plane, etc.

3. Robots that can do most of the stuff in your home. Probably separate customized and still expensive. The super rich will have them.

4. A cure for cancer

5. Bio-printed organs. Like hearts, kidney, liver, etc.

6. Brain control of things

7. a few million cars that don't need a driver

8. 1/3rd of our energy needs done without fossil fuels. Nuclear, solar, fusion, wind, etc.

9. 3-d printing will advance to making homes in a few days.

10. A market place will open up for 3-d printing to print most things in the comfort of your homes.

11. Drones will transport small items to your home.

12. Solar sail missions to mars

13. 5 more elements discovered. Possibly a stable one that can help us build stronger.

14. Electric cars will be able to go 600 miles on a single charge.

15. Vertical farms in at least a dozen cities.

16. More understanding of dark matter and energy.

17. 50% of farming will be done by robot.

18. 1/3rds of the first world population will have a grass cutting or carpet cleaning robot.

19. A skycrapper a mile high will be constructed.

20. Most education will be done on the internet.


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Advanced to the point where there is some kind of technological telepathy. I would like to communicate memory, experience, and feels with others. Especially those key events that help shape your person.

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My lifetime (and probably the lifetimes of most of the other people on this forum) will probably last centuries due to reverse-aging technology. It's a little hard to say what will happen that far in the future.


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When I'm old I want the technological singularity to be reached.

Counting down the days until 2050: 12,499 Humanity = 0.72 on the Kardashev scale
Counting down the days until 2100: 30,761
Counting down the days until 3000: 359,479


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Enough to make me young

 

+1

 Quoted for truth, I hope. ;)


"All scientific advancement due to intellegence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, so invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready. Disastrous."

There's definitely truth in that...


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Stop with the "more elements discovered" nonsense! The materials of the future will be based on elements below 99, not above! Adding more protons doesn't make an element stronger. It makes it more radioactive.

The strongest materials now are carbon-based (carbon nanotubes, diamonds, etc). Carbon is element number 6.

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Stop with the "more elements discovered" nonsense! The materials of the future will be based on elements below 99, not above! Adding more protons doesn't make an element stronger. It makes it more radioactive.

The strongest materials now are carbon-based (carbon nanotubes, diamonds, etc). Carbon is element number 6.

 

 

Oh'please, do you know there's an island of stability after 120 predicted? Please do some research before you call someones post nonsense. I do realize there's a lot of discovery to be made with sub-100 elements.


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Wow, you've just made even more of an idiot of yourself.

Island of stability: elements have half-lifes of minutes or days as opposed to milliseconds or seconds. They are still unusable as construction materials.

Maybe YOU should do your research.

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Wow, you've just made even more of an idiot of yourself.

Island of stability: elements have half-lifes of minutes or days as opposed to milliseconds or seconds. They are still unusable as construction materials.

Maybe YOU should do your research.

There are those who say they will last longer. Admittedly, such people are optomists.[1]


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Wow, you've just made even more of an idiot of yourself.

Island of stability: elements have half-lifes of minutes or days as opposed to milliseconds or seconds. They are still unusable as construction materials.

Maybe YOU should do your research.

 

wrong thread, "you've just made even more of an idiot of yourself"



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Actually I was replying to Matthew's first post, where he claimed that he wanted to see:

"5 more elements discovered. Possibly a stable one that can help us build stronger."

Thus, he is referring to using trans-uranic elements as construction materials. Maybe if you read earlier posts you would see this.

Having half-lives of thousands or even millions of years (so says the optimists, not the majority) still makes them unsuitable for construction. Uranium is far more weakly radioactive than that, with U-238 having a half life of billions of years. We don't use uranium as a construction material.

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Actually I was replying to Matthew's first post, where he claimed that he wanted to see:

"5 more elements discovered. Possibly a stable one that can help us build stronger."

Thus, he is referring to using trans-uranic elements as construction materials. Maybe if you read earlier posts you would see this.

Having half-lives of thousands or even millions of years (so says the optimists, not the majority) still makes them unsuitable for construction. Uranium is far more weakly radioactive than that, with U-238 having a half life of billions of years. We don't use uranium as a construction material.

 

Oh wow, I didn't see that. I have to apologize then.



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Actually I was replying to Matthew's first post, where he claimed that he wanted to see:

"5 more elements discovered. Possibly a stable one that can help us build stronger."

Thus, he is referring to using trans-uranic elements as construction materials. Maybe if you read earlier posts you would see this.

Having half-lives of thousands or even millions of years (so says the optimists, not the majority) still makes them unsuitable for construction. Uranium is far more weakly radioactive than that, with U-238 having a half life of billions of years. We don't use uranium as a construction material.

Who's to say we won't see 5 more? Who knows how long they will last. We won't know until we find them and experiment with them.

 

Is this why you call my post nonesense? Not very open minded.


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I didn't say that we wouldn't see 5 more. I said that we won't use them as construction materials.

We can TOTALLY theorize properties of elements that we haven't discovered. http://en.m.wikipedi..._periodic_table

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I don't think he meant 5 new elements with those high isotopes. a new element of lower or in between isotopes would be a nice discovery, considering the fact it hasn't change for quite a while. 


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Heavy elements need a large amount of neutrons in order to hold the protons together. They need to be isotopes.

I don't know what you mean by "lower or in-between isotopes". Explain.

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I don't think he meant 5 new elements with those high isotopes. a new element of lower or in between isotopes would be a nice discovery, considering the fact it hasn't change for quite a while. 

This doesn't make sense. Atomic number is the number of protons and atoms with 1-118 protons have all been observed.  Of course, there is still the possibility of making exotic atoms (e.g. muonic helium) or discovering new isotopes (frankly, though, I'm not sure why we have all these isotopes). But I doubt that you can build anything with these.


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I think we'll be advanced enough for old age to not be a problem.
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I think we'll be advanced enough for old age to not be a problem.

I said that above.


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