The Future Part 2

I have been thinking about the future and I have some very specific predictions.

There will be self healing paint for walls and for cars and things.

There will be construction adhesive like nails or soldering bolts made from a substance like the adhesive that mollusks use to adhere to rocks.

A type of grown in incubation tanks building material that is based on a hardened but yet resilient coral-like material will be developed.

People will return to gardening when food prices go skyrocketing as climate change alters the landscape and makes regional crop production less productive.

There will be underwater and rising through and above the water business and housing developments.

A type of solar powered aircraft will be developed that can make trans-oceanic flights.

The race to keep information free or under control will continue.

The human life span will be expanded with those who can afford longevity and neural regeneration treatments creating an aristocracy.

Genetic engineering will begin with identifying fetuses with genetic anomalies, proceed to correcting the anomalies, move on to engineering zygotes to exclude genetic mutations and unwanted recessives, and lastly become a way for parents to design the child they desire.

I would like to think that in the upcoming energy crisis that a populist movement arises where people begin to use such things and ideas as geothermal heat, more solar and wind energy collection, permaculture design, etc. to create communities where each household is either independent from outside energy sources or contributes to a collective grid to power community necessities like schools, libraries, government buildings, and more.

I fear that the current energy brokers are investing resources not only into grabbing the last of the oil as we head over the hump of peak oil production into the era of dwindling fossil fuels, but also are doing research and development to identify not a new technology that will move us away from oil consumption but another type of controllable resource that can be used to generate an economic situation of supply and demand. Technology can only be contained for so long before it is replicated, but some new resource would guarantee ongoing profits.

Still thinking on all of this. More tomorrow.

What WIll the Future Look Like?

What will the future look like?

When H.G. Wells wrote Anticipations in 1901 he predicted trains and cars would make it possible for people to live in suburbs, there would be greater sexual freedom and expression for women and men, the defeat of German militarism, and the existence of a European Union. The man who created some of the standard tropes of science fiction looked at what was before him and was able to see into the future with some degree of startling accuracy. He also predicted a few things wrong. For instance he didn’t think there would be a successful aircraft until at least 1950. He was off by a couple decades. And he thought submarines would do nothing but suffocate whoever was in them.

Is it possible to look into the future now using what is evident in this time period to predict the future? Obviously there is no way to know without a time machine to travel forward along the years.

It isn’t hard to seize on things predicted. One can view any number of TED talks where global warming will alter the face of the planet, the information explosion will continue and alter the way things are done and the way economies work, and medical breakthroughs will change the way humanity lives. All of this information is painted with broad strokes, what are the details that will make up people’s lives?

Can we look forward and see a future? And what might that future look like for people? There will BE a future as the earth orbits the sun and the sun spins in the galaxy and the galaxy rushes away propelled by the Big Bang. But for how long will humans be an infintesimially small part of this future? And what will they be doing? How will they live? What will be of significance?

I am going to go out on an intellectual limb over the next few days and make some predictions. I don’t know if I’ll be right. There is no way to tell. If you want to join in in the comments, please do so.

Stay tuned.