What might your great-great grandchildren think of today's world?

March 17 2008 / by futuretalk
Category: Other   Year: Beyond   Rating: 11

By Dick Pelletier

I believe humans and their machines will evolve into a mind-boggling future.

We will greet new technologies with much joy. By late 2020’s and early 2030’s, advanced nanotech could be making everything from dishes to carpets self-cleaning, and household air permanently fresh. For properly designed nano-replicators, dirt would become food.

High resolution screens could project different images to each eye, giving us incredible 3D TV so real that the screen would seem like a window into another world.

Some envision systems that would share thoughts and emotions from mind to mind. It may be possible in the future to link neural structures via transducers and electromagnetic signals to provide a sort of telepathy easier to use than today’s telephones.

And of course as we trek through what some experts describe as the “golden age of intelligence” – 2035-2050 – humanity could learn to merge with their machines resulting in powerful bodies that require no maintenance. Say goodbye to human aging and unwanted deaths.

This writer can imagine his great-great grandchildren in 100 years or so asking questions like, “Grandpa, what was it like when you lived in a biological body? What was it like growing “old”, and what did you think when you heard that indefinite lifespan would become possible?”

Thinking about the possibilities of a “magical future” unfolding like this simply blows my mind.

Can you envision a future with events like these, and can you imagine that you will be here in 100 years to talk about it?

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Comment Thread (3 Responses)

  1. I love this question – it’s one I’ve contemplated a lot myself and a scenario that seems to always come up when introducing friends to accelerating change and emerging technologies. How funny it will be to show grandchildren pictures of YOUR grandparents and explaining why they looked so old, how they experienced pain, cancer, death and other ailments that no longer exist.

    I’m not necessarily convinced yet that the world will be utopian-like, but I do believe that certain ailments and most aspects of aging will soon be a thing of the past – and it’s going to be fun as hell explaining what things “used to be like.” :-)

    Posted by: Marisa Vitols   March 16, 2008
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  2. I agree Marisa, I think the future will be a blast.

    Posted by: futuretalk   March 17, 2008
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  3. If you get this question in 100 years, you can answer: “C’mon, why are you asking me what it was like? Too lazy to simulate it yourself?”

    Posted by: gremlinn   March 17, 2008
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