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    The Future!

    I was just thinking of the future and today's society. Should we be at certain milestones that old authors wrote about in sci fi? Should we have airships and bikes? What about more advanced robotics and robots in our homes?

    What are your thoughts and what would you want to see before we all die off and there is nothing

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    I always think about teleportation. Hover bikes/cars would be nice. I would like holo-interface computers, but we are picking up speed in that department. I would like to see anti-gravity inline skates, perpetual energy, and a fusion between an apple and a lemon.

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    I wanna see taking trips into space for civilians that's as common as hoping on an airplane, or colonization of Mars and me going to live there - but I may be getting too ahead of myself by a few centuries.
    Unless someone comes up with some kind of super long life pill

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    I'd like technology that would slap anyone who stole other people's artworks. Not likely to happen but a girl can dream can't she?

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    I'm going to invent holograms.

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    far more space travel!
    wheres the moonbase?

    i would do anything to see mars or any of our nieghbors!

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    We are all interested in the future...for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives!
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    We're getting the hi-tech stuff, but it's happening at a slower pace than they imagined in the past (take a look at the "Jetsons" for example) and it's mostly reserved for the wealthy. People who aren't astronauts are going to space, some of us have the little vaccuum and mopping robots in our homes, some cars are reading fingerprints instead of keys, MP3 players can transmit through car radios and phones and palm pilots can access the internet. (I know I left a lot of stuff out of that list.)

    I'd like to see anti-gravity and teleportation technology though. It'll be sweet.

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    I want a future that allows me to live in peace and quiet with clean air, wholesome food, and a house that uses so little electricity that I could run it off of solar energy collected on my rooftop. I want cities that are constructed, or reconstructed, to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety and convenience. A day in my future sees me waking up in a bed that contains fibers which actively break down and dispose of skin oils and other dirt, getting dressed clothes made of a similar material that have been in a nearly-waterless wash cycle overnight. I get on my bicycle and head off to work, or if it's raining, I hop on one of many small, robotic buses that can take me practically to the front door (many small buses make schedules far more flexible- if one bus is running a few minutes late, chances are another one can be along before the other one. Work is work, nothing much will change- I draw, eat lunch, draw, take the little bus or bicycle back home. In my future, TV has died a proper fitful, agonizing death and is absent from most homes- replaced by multitudinous entertainment options across the internet. I may play a game, I may spend a few hours on Wikipedia, or simply dial in to my favorite music programs and do some painting. Next week I'll probably take some time off to take a wingship ferry up to B.C. or Alaska for some plein-air and hiking. Flying cars are an indulgence of the wealthy, and they're generally seen as spectacular ways for Hollywood celebrities to end up on the headlines for some boneheaded stunt or another.

    I just want the future to let me live the way I do now, without the environmental damage that I really can't get out of right now, however much I try to limit that.

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    I want a Philip K Dick, Do Androids... future, bleak as it is, it's kick ass!
    no wait! fifth element...no wait! argh.

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    I'd like to remind everyone that the one thing that NO ONE predicted was the very thing that you are communicating by way of right now.


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    Think about it this way: You're asking this question to people all around the world, instantaneously. Elwell replied to your question with an image of a book from the 60's, an image that, despite its obscurity, one can find in a few seconds. And if you don't get the reference, you're mere seconds away from finding descriptions of or buying the book, reading biographies of the author, listening to him make some of his predictions, and even watching movies he's been in. You can do all this from the comfort of your bedroom, from a coffee shop or while riding a bus, on a computer or a phone or a game console, or one of the many gadgets in between.

    Would a flying car really be that useful?

    EDIT: Damn, Elwell beat me to it.



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    well, of course. That's a given considering that we are currently using it. I wouldn't want the future to have the same, virus/spyware/adware/porn filled (though I do love my pron ) internet that we have today. But that was an implied given. That's a question that our parents and grandparents would have wanted to see come to light before it did.

    My main question is what about our future. What would you like to see in it and why don't you think it hasn't occurred and why not in the style/dreams that some authors or movie directors envisioned.

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    this is the future

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    We need a pot talk thread icon.


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    Ah, Criswell... Haha... I worry about pollution and the ecosystem in the future (am I crazy for thinking so?)... What would be the solution to the almost full landfills, toxic rivers and lakes, changing weather climates, etc...


    And P.S. Plan 9 From Outer Space is one of the worst films of all time... It sucks!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I'd like to remind everyone that the one thing that NO ONE predicted was the very thing that you are communicating by way of right now.
    I think William Gibson did. Maybe not the start of the internet, but definitely the way it has been used over the last 15 years ( a visual "cyberspace").

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    A flying car would be nice, if it was enviro-friendly - the bicycle can only go so far. And lots of times I dont want to go with the crowd, so i wouldnt always catch the sun-powered hover bus.
    M.C Barrett's vision of the future is fantastic, - On a whimsical level I can barely improve on it, - addresses all my daily concerns pretty neatly.

    There's an aspect about the future that a lot of sci-fi authors address, but no-one's yet mentioned. In my dream of a future (ok, this might sound corny) humanity achieves a level of co-operation, emotional intelligence and intellectual/philosophical enlightenment that brushes aside all the negative forces within societies worldwide.
    That's a big one, but brings a cascade of benefits, in every department.

    For me any other future is a death knell for this species.



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    whoa, anime goodness

    Anyone see "Children of Men?"

    What if we hit some sort of time rift or used up all of our resources through war or the like and actually starting going back to our traditional roots. A mixture of modern sword fighting and castles. Kinda steam punk if you ask me.

    unfortunately, we wont be around to see such things. Bless those grandkids 8)

    EDIT: holy hell, check out that site lol (www.realdoll.com) now that is some weird shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duq View Post
    I think William Gibson did. Maybe not the start of the internet, but definitely the way it has been used over the last 15 years ( a visual "cyberspace").
    Ahh yes, I remember that in Johnny Mnemonic (movie version) those gloves are wild!

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    BOOM! ^ THAT and anime goddess? LOL - you obviously have no taste....
    Asoir - the Johnny Neumonic film was shit, did absolutely nothing for the book/short story - go read that instead, much much better...

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    I wonder what the Chinese manufacturers were thinking when they were ordered to make that doll...

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    They were probably worried about the extra man hours the boobs would take to glue on.

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    flying cars?? i dunno man.. hardly anyone around here can drive the ones with 4 wheels on the ground.. i seriusly doubt theyd be able to effectively maneuver thru 3 axes of free movement.. still itd be a cool idea

    what id like to see is a real life UNDO button. now THATS something i could use every day.. - JAG

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    All we need is nanotechnology for all these things to become a reality. Don't you guys read your http://www.foresight.org ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG. View Post
    what id like to see is a real life UNDO button. now THATS something i could use every day.. - JAG


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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly View Post
    BOOM! ^ THAT and anime goddess? LOL - you obviously have no taste....
    Bwuahahahahahah

    anime goodness not goddess ><

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    Quote Originally Posted by walnut View Post
    They were probably worried about the extra man hours the boobs would take to glue on.
    Hahaha!...

    They gave her pink armpit hair too...

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    Elixir of life. Some prof dude with a massive beard is currently looking for a solution to increasing your life span. By the time we figure it out though....

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