posted on Nov, 15 2007 @ 07:42 AM
For those of you who have seen the 1956 science fiction film "Forbidden Planet" I ask that you stretch your imaginations out to try and speculate
about the advances that a highly technical and brilliant civilization may have made, given several million years...
Here are a few of mine:
1) Energy. Watts are tapped from empty space, in any quantity desired, for any purpose needed. Physical beings are relieved from the bondage of
"work", able to explore the vast reaches of the mind.
2) Health. The workings of the cell and the biological entity are understood so well that death is only accidental. For all intents and purposes,
living beings can be kept immortal because of the understanding of the machinery that makes living beings work.
3) Machines. Fantastic contraptions vast and small exist to serve the will of their masters. All needs are provided for, all desires implemented
through the tools of the master's creation.
Advances like these could change society thusly:
Giant machines are built on earth, transported to the moon, then work like colossal farm combines... they churn up raw material from the surface of
the moon, process it, then release from the back end completed structures. Housing, research facilities, space vehicles. The process of construction
is automated and quick. One machine can be ordered to build several more of itself, until there are enough to build all of their products that the
human race needs. Soon the moon is covered with domed cities, full of skyscraper-like structures for the benefit of mankind.
Human beings live on the average of 20,000 years. No longer does a doctor study for 20 years of his life, then work a career only to die one early
day of old age. Specialists can hone their techniques and broaden their field of study almost indefinitely. The potential of human existence is no
longer limited by the 75-year lifespan.
Power plants, small and large, exist throughout human technology. No longer are batteries needed. The internal combustion engine is a thing of the
past. We can travel anywhere we want any time we want. All labor has been taken over by machines. The rest of human experience is set free to
President John Adams once said, "I must study war and politics so that my children shall be free to study commerce, agriculture and other
practicalities, so that their children can study painting, poetry and other fine things."
Given the incredible bounty the imagination has to offer when other things are taken care of... what exists beyond "painting, poetry, and other fine