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The Future Is Far

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About a week ago, I found this future history/speculative evolution timeline project called “The Future Is Far”, which also recently got a massive update around that same time. It is a very ambitious story if you ask me, because it aims to tell the story of the evolution of humanity - and life on Earth - over the next one billion years. No, that’s not an exaggeration; he specifies in the first post of the thread that this is literally his goal. Currently, it’s only up to 1-2 million years AD, but that will probably change soon. I’d love to hear your opinions on this story so far because it impressed me quite a bit when I first read it, even despite various grammatical errors. Also of note is that the author frequently answers questions about his timeline that people on that forum ask him. Thoughts?




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The further out one attempts to predict, the less effective one's accuracy may be IMO. 


If you had told me what the geopolitical, technological, and social landscape would be even 10-15 years ago I likely would have thought you insane. Yet alone millions.


Seems like an interesting story with solid writer though, so I plan to read through it further.  :) Kinda reminds me a little of how ambitious Orion's Arm is with that website's far extrapolation of the future.



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The problem with trying to predict millions or (Elon forbid) billions of years into the future is that you're inevitably forced into one of three unpalatable options.

  • Keep knocking down human civilization over and over again: cyclic apocalypses don't have any precedent and break the suspension of disbelief unless there's a good extrinsic reason why they just keep happening. You can buy some time this way, but we're talking tens of thousands of years, not millions.
  • Drastically slow down/stagnate the rate of technological advancement: it's unclear why this would happen, but the bigger problem is that it gets very repetitive very fast unless you're really good at writing interesting sociopolitics. The later part of Orion's Arm suffers from this.
  • Accept that runaway technological progress will lead to incomprehensible transcendent gods: almost impossible to write well, and will force the timeline to get extremely vague and thin in the far future.

It's therefore good that Orion's Arm stops at 10,000 years from now. In recent times I haven't written anything past AD 4000-5000 or so for similar reasons.

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