posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 02:54 AM
In 100 years? Honestly? I don't see much having really changed.
I think we'll be onto flying cars - the skycar, which is done now, and just being invested in and becoming commercially viable, will likely be fairly
popular within 50 years and be the standard within 100. I think we'll have a single colony on another planet, but it won't be exactly
'flourishing'. We will probably have a lot more space travel, and a lot more general power - quantum mechanics and sonofusion will revolutionise the
world before 2030. There'll be a second internet not widely used, and a third that everyone takes to. I'm thinking we'll call it I3 or 'It' for
short. The one we have now is run and set a certain way, theres an 'Internet2' being planned by many universities in the US, and there's something
simply being called 'The Grid' being developed over where the net began at CERN, but I'm pretty sure by 2060 quantum entanglement will be jumping
and quantum computers will be going wild - we'll create a third internet that will positively take over not long after the second was introduced, and
never fully accepted. By 2100 'It' will be like TV today, even more accepted than today's internet.
Chances are there will be a major war in the next 100 years, I'm looking to China. Communist government officially, but open economically, one of the
world's lagest territories, the world's largest army, a harsh culture and a passionate and fanatical people, it's a powerhouse, and it will
overtake the US eventually - we just have to wait.
In terms of the self, I think morals will have changed. I look at my older relatives and their sense of morals and find a massive difference between
mine and theirs, I think in the 2-3 generations that will pass before 2100, we'll see a big shift in morality.
Religions will go one of two ways - assimilate together into a single system of 'belief', or separate farther and seed further mistrust between each
other - I'm not sure.
Houses, cars, our whole lives will definitely be influenced by the second quantum revolution in the 2050's - things are going to be a lot more
'instant', and a lot less '100Mbps is hella-fast'. We're going to have everything integrated - you'll wake up and a computer will register a
heightened activity in the portions of your brain that signal active consciousness, it will run a check for normal motion and then when it sees you
are out of bed will issue a good morning statement, display the morning paper on a local wall-monitor or on a lens you have built into your eye, and
will give you a sort of premade meal, if you specify it. Chances are houses will be fairly customizable, but there'll still be relics about that
don't have integration systems built in. You'll hit a button before you go and your car will start and pull up to your 30th story entrance, you'll
open your door, step in, and fly off on a computerised track to your office, videoconferencing as you go. When you arrive, 'new email' buttons will
pop-up on your Personal Satellite Assistant, using specialised fans to allow it to hover about you. You have to take a flight to Beijing later
(You're in New York, for some reason.), and the flight might take a whole 40 minutes, travelling is a bore.
Uh, yeah. That's my little rantalot. I sort of typed as I thought, so it might not all string together well. In a nutshell, I think life won't be
spacemen and magic, but it will be a modified version of our own lives today. I say this because I hope life will be dramatically different from
today, that we will have made contact and will be working with early warp technology or some biznatch, but revolution requires repression, and until I
can revolute, I'll repress.