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Old 03-19-2015, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Bethesda
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With civilization going down the path it is now (not that I'm a pessimist) it's iffy if the current level of civilization will be around in 300 years let alone 1,000.

The biggest threat to modern civilization are the radical religious factions that want to drag us back to how people lived 4,000 years ago.

All the whiz-bang-super-wow-bleeding-edge technology cannot help us with this threat unless we want to use it to exterminate these factions...
All the more reason to get off this rock asap. Let society regress on the Earth. Space travel/colonies are commonly seen as a way to about extinction, but they are also a way to get out of the eb and flow cycle of enlightenment and regression.

Hell, even on the Earth while Europe had its dark ages, the Arab world and far East were intellectual superpowers. And while the Middle East has been in a "dark age" for several hundred years, Europe and the West have advanced the world.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Oak Ridge, NC
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Well, for one thing, in a 1000 years, the white race and the black race will have been completely blended together, making a new unified race. You might still have people who have more prominent features of their ancestors, but in terms of skin color, that will be a thing of the past. Having said that, I think you'll still have different nationalities, but not so much of a language barrier. You'll have different accents and dialects, but not as we know them today.

Also, in a 1000 years, we will have figured a cure for Cancer, HIV, heart disease and many other physical diseases. People will generally live longer, which means they won't retire until a much older age. However, I still think we will always have to deal with some deadly diseases.
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:38 PM
 
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In a 1000 years i'm wondering what will be left for humans to do that we havent given over to technology to do for us.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:57 PM
 
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I bet everyone will a robot friend named bender.
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:17 AM
 
Location: rural south west UK
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by the year 3000 the human race will not have existed for well over 500 years.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:22 AM
 
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All the more reason to get off this rock asap. Let society regress on the Earth.
Here here I've been a SCI-FI reader for over 50 years and for probably 40 of those years those have been my sentiments...

You call it a rock I call it a cesspool, especially in the last couple of decades and it's only getting worse...
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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way too far off to speculate. We've made tremendous technological progress in a very short period of time. Assuming we don't kill our species off by inventing an aggressive artificial intelligence that becomes unstoppable, our capacity to explore space and populate other planets is quite fascinating.

We still need to develop the medical technology to resist/cure all disease, and we still very much have animal instincts that will take over if there's any big societal breakdown due to, for example, a huge solar flare that destroys all our transformers and electronics or something along those lines.

Our survival is far from certain, but if we can make it another 100 years or so I believe we will have the technology to survive most anything that can be thrown our way... assuming as a species we can survive our own base nature and keep extreme aspects of our nature from starting any problems... the power hungry that might put our civilization in jeopardy need to be closely monitored. There's a reason we have secret societies that meet and regulate the affairs of the world's nations... they likely do more good than harm for us as a species despite what some rugged anarchist individualist types might tell you.

As for the above posters, we'll likely have the cure for cancer and heart disease and also diabetes within 100 years. That's the easy part. Surviving our base nature is the hard part. Genetic engineering may help with that. Imagine engineering the most intelligent people alive would could advance our understanding of things by leaps and bounds.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Civilizational divergence.

I think there will be a population of humans on the Earth who have rejected technological change and are trying to build a nature-based socially just society.

The other main group will have been augmented and/or fused with machines and will occupy multiple star systems. It's possible that post-physical entities will be common..
Sounds like several Sci-fi novels I have read ("Hyperion" and "Revelation Space").
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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Can't talk about what it'll be like in 3000 but in 2059 I foresee the following:

~ Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.
~ Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.
~ Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.
~ Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.
~ Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.
~ 85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.
~ Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.
~ New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2060.
~ IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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LMAO! Can't rep you, dang it.

~ The NewLung™ program is in full swing. Anyone that wishes to spend time outside needs to sign up. Wait time is estimated at 15 years.
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