Ray Kurzweil, www.kurzweilai.net...
, among other futurists, are predicting AI and/or nanotechnology within the next 15 years tops. It will
revolutionize us in such ways that our current technology will be equivalent to stone age in comparison. These guys are smart and have done MUCH
research and have TONS of articles with much detail. Anyways, AI can create newer, faster AI, which in turn creates the next gen AI and so on until
Humans are absolete.
Then, all religions point to THIS TIME as end times, and within the next few years some messiah should show up (Jesus or not) according to
Mayan calendar ends at 2012 and other ancient calendars seem to end at that time. Other indicators for major events point to 2012. Entire "religion"
of spirituality is based on our ascention to 5th dimension on 2012.
We have threat of terrorism that IS dangerous, and I don't care if it's real or if our own government is creating it. Either way, the threat exists,
so either we get nuked, WWIII happens, or we take over more countries which leads to many more problems that can lead back to us getting nuked and
WWIII. Also, very probable, Martial Law (Police State) will be enacted once we get attacked again. Even if it's our own govt doing the attacking.
Also, many are predicting a Pole Shift. Don't forget about Planet X (Nibiru). Let's not forget comets and other space junk. Let's not forget our
sun and that lately it's been "acting funny" and we're not sure why. Let's not forget the UFO phenomena and that if certain things come out, like
overt presense of aliens, our society is in for an overhaul.
Let's not ignore ALL those things and they ALL seem to point at a timeframe VERY soon from now. I'd say 5-15 years we have changes either in
technology, aliens, spirituality, dimentions, religion, end world, cataclysm, well any of them. These changes will change our society DRASTICALLY
forever. Maybe just remove it altogether.
MAYBE nothing happens for 50 years, but that just seems unlikely. We're on the verge of big things THIS YEAR, not 50 yrs
Besides, as far as technology goes, if nothing "WEIRD" happens, we're almost guaranteed nanotech and AI which will ALSO drastically revolutionize
us like crazy. Maybe even destroy us. So chances are, our generation is up for a FUN RIDE. Saddle up
[Edited on 6-1-2004 by lilblam]