Each of us partially agree and partially disagree with future as it is described in FTL main section. It was already discussed here and there, many times... So, this time, there will be no discussions. I just want from each of forum members (those who wish to do it, of course) to write a mini-essay, summarising and describing his own personal vision of the future. Let it be quite distant future (say, 2200 or 2500 or 3000) but not distant enough to make it completely unimaginable. Essay should include (at least patially) these topics:
- level of technology
- social system
- culture, religion and basic values
- problems and conflicts
To start this thread, here is my vision
=== WORLD IN 3014 ===
(according to PhoenixRu)
Today, by the beginning of XXXI century, world Industry (if it can be called this way) is based exclusively on nanotechnology. Industrial capacities are highly decentralized, allowing to meet virtually all the basic material needs of small communities or even separate individuals, that makes them economically independent from the rest of society. Concepts of "money", "trade" or "world market" has become obsolete many centuries ago. Competition around material needs ceased to be a driving force of human history. Though this is in general a classless society, its members aren’t equal to each other. The each person’s importance in community is based on his/her intellectual contribution to the common affairs & therefore the level of competition between its members (based on differences in intellect and creativity) is relatively high.
Concepts of "representative democracy", "sovereign state" and "political power" are obsolete too. Modern society is an incredibly complex (for any person born in XX-XXI centuries) network of self-governing communities and individuals while the main function of "world government" is maximally possible coordination of their interests and efforts for common good. While the "legislative power" is still belongs to this human "world government", the "executive power" is long ago in hands of AI (or collective of AI's). World population is below billion and slowly declines. Despite the many existing colonies in Solar System and beyond, the vast majority of population is still concentrated on Earth. Space exploration is driven by purely scientific curiosity and concentrated in hands of communities of enthusiasts and their AI’s, but there is no any economic need for expansion or terraforming of other planets.
There is virtually no common culture, every community and every individual are free to follow its own rules as long as this is not physically harm the others. Every person is free to leave his community or join to another one (if the members of this new community are ready to accept him) or exist on its own. Concepts of “family” and “marriage” either ceased to exist or became very vague. World religions of past (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc) have long faded away, but world did not become 100% atheistic. Many people are still believes in some Super-Being behind this material universe.
The average modern individual have a much better health, much longer lifespan and much greater intellectual capacities compared to his ancestors. Despite that, humans are still humans, their intellects and abilities are not equal. And here is the root for the main problem of modern society: a lot (more than half, and this share is growing with time) of people feels yourself to be almost (or completely) useless for society. And they are right, they have nothing to offer to incredible complex and advanced civilization. Despite the fact that their material needs are fully satisfied, this “feeling of worthlessness” is a constant source of their internal discomfort, what may lead to loneliness, or to outbursts of unmotivated violence, or even to suicide...
I finished, now it's your turn. Sorry for my poor English (this time it really did not allowed me to voice / explain some of my thoughts) Someone may find this “essay” unrealistic, naïve and stupid... then i'm waiting for your realistic and smart posts.