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Offline Bender

What do you think the future would look like?
« on: July 14, 2019, 03:46:27 AM »
Most books about future fit into two major themes:

- An advanced futuristic society that expands into space, colonizing other systems, robots/AI, FTL travel etc etc
or
- A post-apocalyptic wasteland where we regress to underground or walled living with just survival being the objective.

Going by current events, which of these is more likely?
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Offline Matthew

Re: What do you think the future would look like?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 06:39:11 AM »
How about both? Walled in city states with corporations running a space race for resources?

Offline S. K. Inkslinger

Re: What do you think the future would look like?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2019, 08:44:15 AM »
Most books about future fit into two major themes:

- An advanced futuristic society that expands into space, colonizing other systems, robots/AI, FTL travel etc etc
or
- A post-apocalyptic wasteland where we regress to underground or walled living with just survival being the objective.

Going by current events, which of these is more likely?

Option one until option two inevitably happens? I think that's possible.

Offline Neveesandeh

Re: What do you think the future would look like?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2019, 02:23:07 PM »
Probably a mix of both. Currently leaning more towards the later though.

Offline Skip

Re: What do you think the future would look like?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2019, 06:57:54 PM »
Ever since I read Stand on Zanzibar back in the early 70s, I've argued that John Brunner has it right. We just stumble along. No great apocalypse, just slow degradation of the environment and we all adjust to it. By the time of his story he has people wearing breathing masks, for example, but still everyone goes to work (at least those who have a job).

As a historian, I like to point out that systems and civilizations--which is to say human beings--have an astonishing capacity to keep running while broken. They just keep going and changing in small ways until their forefathers would no longer recognize the current world.

It's sort of the most depressing view. At least an apocalypse has drama. Also, it can loom as something to be avoided or prevented, and so drive cultures toward solutions. But the slow fade doesn't get anyone's blood up.
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Re: What do you think the future would look like?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2019, 07:09:20 PM »
And what 'future', exactly?

The other day I was talking with a colleague about how we're already doing the budget for 2020!
2020 :o
I remember when the year 2000 was a long time in the future, hehe

So, I think the future in 20 years is going to be quite similar to what we have now, but with more developments in medicine and maybe technology (although I'd like to see a calming down, there - basically on personal stuff, privacy and all)
More extreme weather events, hopefully more international collaboration to support the people affected - I'm an optimist at heart!

The future in 100+ years I can't even begin to imagine. I hope it's good ;D
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Offline isos81

Re: What do you think the future would look like?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2019, 01:21:09 PM »
Most books about future fit into two major themes:

- An advanced futuristic society that expands into space, colonizing other systems, robots/AI, FTL travel etc etc
or
- A post-apocalyptic wasteland where we regress to underground or walled living with just survival being the objective.

Going by current events, which of these is more likely?

FTL travel is impossible but I get the point :)

I was searching for "what would happen if the world population were 100 billion" on youtube today. I guess, we first are going to expand to our limits and then crumble back when the resources are/if finally depleted.

Alternate solutions might prevent this though. Technology grows rapidly and we might not need what we need today in the future.
Kallor shrugged. 'I've walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I've commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I've spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'