hi again, cassie-
I have to do a better job of answering your comments.
First- my outlook on the future is best summed up by the goals of something called the Grand Portal.
as best as I might describe it, it would be the stage at which the human population of Earth arrives at defining the soul by means of conventional
in other words, defining the non physical reality of a person, which is well known to many non scientists but so far has eluded scientific
maybe part of the reason for that is that you're dealing with energy structures, and intelligent ones at that.
the source where I've gleaned most of the info on this has a term called UIS - Underivative Information Structures
this is actually quantum realm structures that are energetic yet intelligent and underpin even such things as human DNA, which is said to contain many
more important qualities than the ones assigned to it so far.
for example, DNA is said to able to transmit information, and to also morph depending on data streams that affect it ...
the other important facet of the Grand Portal is the "macro" side of it. this is where the One Language Intelligent Networks (OLIN)
the descendant of todays internet and all other communications means, merges into the galactic network, seamlessly..
to enable this, the technology has to improve since light speed comminication won't suffice, of course, for intrastellar distances.
so the network will have to include features that permit communications that overcome all distance hindrances.
my own guess, since it hasn't been exactly spelled out in detail, is that it will require some sort of quantum entaglement technology, where
subquantum waves (or particles, they're the same at that level it seems) are able to transmit info irrespective of physical distances.
quantum objects seem to exist independent of time and space, and this seems to be the proving point of this evetual capability.
anyway I'm going to go into better detail on this Grand Portal concept, but it's to answer your take on predicitons for the next few years.
it's been said that the GP is for a timeframe of maybe 50 or 75 years or so, depending.
this is because it might take that long for the Terran science to morph to the needed level where galactic membership is feasible. and seamless of
I think it's aknowledged that there will be occasional cabals on Terra that will try to imprede the GP progress (due to the threats it presents to
their power structures) , but it's also been seen to work with these similar factors in other worlds where it was successfully acheived.
well I'm going to post a few quotes, next post.
(ps- if you wish for sources, url's etc, please let me know, I'd be glad to supply ... )
[Edited on 14-3-2004 by oba]