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View Poll Results: By 2050, the following will exist and be commonplace
Self Driving cars 67 74.44%
Flying cars 17 18.89%
C3PO type Robots 21 23.33%
Smoking hot Terminator 3 type robots (non killing type) 10 11.11%
AI 42 46.67%
a Matrix 13 14.44%
anti aging formula 31 34.44%
nano molecular manufacturers 51 56.67%
nuclear fusion 41 45.56%
FTL Space travel 16 17.78%
Space Planes - Just like todays planes, but into space! 45 50.00%
Laser guns 36 40.00%
lightsabers 5 5.56%
cool robotic arms/legs/etc 58 64.44%
cure for all diseases 11 12.22%
wormhole teleporters 4 4.44%
X-ray glasses!!! 9 10.00%
Sgtar trek "food pills" that meet all your daily requirements. 24 26.67%
a flying car you can fold into a briefcase 5 5.56%
a suit of Iron Man Armor. woot woot! 9 10.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 90. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-30-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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A few years ago you could buy desructive lasers that were small enough to be carried by a person for 2 or 3 three thousand dollars or kits to make them of the internet(openly). I think these could for all intents and purposes could be considered laser "guns", even if a little crude.
I think there may be new laws to prevent this today probably because of the stink caused by people pointing green lasers at airplanes.
Basically laser guns do exist there just isn't a big demand for them. Firearms are still much more affordable and practical I guess.
still out there.

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imagine how powerful they will be in a few years...
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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what things do you see coming to fruition (great word) over the next couple of decades?
I imagine that a pill that took care of everything would be a great success. Hiking and outdoor activites, travel, emergency supplies...

And dieters ofcourse. I imagine the pill would not have the equivilant of a gallon of icecream with chocolate surup lol
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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I imagine that a pill that took care of everything would be a great success. Hiking and outdoor activites, travel, emergency supplies...

And dieters ofcourse. I imagine the pill would not have the equivilant of a gallon of icecream with chocolate surup lol
How exactly would a pill take care of hiking and outdoor activities?

Oh wait I think we already have those, you take them and you no longer feel the need to go hiking, you just want to chill and stare at the wall.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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MSN Tech & Gadgets - Consumer Electronics Show 2009 - Video

I have been waiting for this for years!

def will make the world more interesting...

Johnny, what are you watching?!?!?!
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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An article in today's paper said that by 2030 the U. S. could supply 20% of it's power using wind energy. The article said it will take "visionaries" in the government to make it happen, but that it can be done with the technology in use today.

So if we use the wind in the center of the country for 20%, and the oceans on the coasts for another 20% we can have almost half our energy needs met without the use of oil, coal, or nuclear.

Not too tacky. The only problem I see is the "visionaries" in government.

I could, where I live now, supply my electrical needs with a wind generator, but the city I live in would never let me mount one on my roof. This is the type of attitude that needs to change in this country.
right that is the problem, who cares if it looks tacky? if it saves money, and energy in the long run then be my guest, jsut like here in chicago, our building downtown can have wind turbines, i could not imagine how much energy the sears tower uses, since it stands 1400 something feet tall i think theres plenty of wind.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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for any electrical/chemical/other engineers out there

how long til we have batteries powerful enough to power something like a lightsaber (if we could build such a thing)?
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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Just happened upon watching parts of "Octopussy" from 1983 yesterday and when the meeting with Q took place one object he showed was a watch with a "liquid crystal TV"... thought that was interesting considering all the small devices that use it today.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Port Chester
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Self driving cars- We have self parking cars. Soon we will have cars that avoid collision by sensing eachother (necessary especially when all cars go electric, they will be silent)


C3PO type Robots - Eventually we will have robots doing all menial tasks to free up humans for more worthwhile endeavors. What work humans do will be as a hobby, there will still be niche craftsmen who make jewelry, woodworkers, etc, as a personal hobby but all unskilled labor will be robots, and eventually matter buildersd will be able to create anything. Hand made goods will be a high luxury for the rich, while middle income and poor will all have matter built nano manufactured.

a Matrix - eventually we will all be online, all the time. Out hard drives will be our cell phones. There will be hologramatic computer screens. As far as keyboards, I don't see the mechanical kind yielding to touchscreen/holo keys, so i can not prerdict the future of keyboards. But all will be online, all the time, to specifically answer your question.

nano molecular manufacturers - This will be cool, but I think we will have fully automated robotic factories first, then we go nano.

nuclear fusion - The future of humanity, our progress, is entirely dependent on nuclear energy. Fusion is very much a realistic prospect. Wind/solar will never supply enough energy, even if we get more efficient, unless we somehow keep the third world living in the dark ages. As more people become middle class, our energy consumption is going to have net increase/

FTL Space travel - Eventually we muct colonize space. Our far future has us becoming world builders, creating new earths from planets that have the building blocks, eventually creating the building blocks, harnessing the power of the Sun's fusion, etc.

Laser Guns- More likely most weaponry will still be projectile based, but it will be railguns. Elecrically powered guns.

cool robotic arms/legs/etc - Of course, eventually we must make those who can not walk walk, it is the only humane thing to do. Basically someone in a wheelchair will have two options. They will either be able to jack into an online scenario role play where they are virtually living as a walkign human being, or they will have mechanical robotic limbs

cure for all diseases - There is no panacea. As one problem is solved, another is created. No utopia, at least no permanent utopia. This law applies to everything. Technology solves the problems technology creates.


Sgtar trek "food pills" that meet all your daily requirements. - I believe that eventually eating will be for the act of enjoyment only, not for survival. Everything will be art in the future. I am hoping for one of theose food matter builder things from Trek Next Gen.

a flying car you can fold into a briefcase - More likely we will chaieve teleportation first.

a suit of Iron Man Armor. woot woot! - Yes. We will have mechs but whether these will be remotely controlled or AI or have human pilots is debatable. That's oneof the things I didnt like about Iron Man. With all that technology, it seems he would have just made it remote controled. War will become an art, so participation will be for hobbyists only. Perhaps all war will be virtual with no deathc, to the winner go the spoils in a symbolic battle that both parties agreed upon the rules.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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This is really over the top. Some of the technologies you guys have described compeltly destroy the essence of the human being. The willingness to create things, manfacture.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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This is really over the top. Some of the technologies you guys have described compeltly destroy the essence of the human being. The willingness to create things, manfacture.
that is the future...
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