Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top 20 Predictions for Life 100 Years From Now

From the BBC, the top 20 predictions for life in 2112 include:

1) Oceans will be extensively farmed for fish, energy, algae, and natural resources, 2) Telepathic communication will become common, 3) Immortality, 4) Ability to control the weather, and 5) Only three languages (English, Spanish and Mandarin).   


18 Comments:

At 1/17/2012 11:10 AM, Blogger AdmiralBS said...

Neil Peart superpowers are not on this list. We'd better get to work on that immortality breakthrough soon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY9Xy9nuP-8&t=1m48s

 
At 1/17/2012 12:55 PM, Blogger juandos said...

So this is what passes for content on government supported media, eh?

 
At 1/17/2012 3:17 PM, Blogger AIG said...

How about this for a prediction:

100 years from now, people will realize what a piece of s*** BBC is and what awful journalists it has, and will relegate it to the status of "Yahoo news"

 
At 1/17/2012 3:26 PM, Blogger morganovich said...

well, the one bright spot is that if immortality becomes real, then idiot journalists making claims about "100 years from now" will still be around to have the accuracy of their predictions assessed.

 
At 1/17/2012 3:44 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Why would anyone pay attention to any predictions by the BBC? After the way it mishandled the EAU and CRU messes one would think that nobody would pay any attention to what its propagandists have to say.

 
At 1/17/2012 6:19 PM, OpenID Sprewell said...

Trying to predict technology a century from now is almost like trying to predict the weather a century from now, close to impossible. Don't we already "extensively" fish the sea and extract energy and natural resources through offshore oil drilling? I guess they might be talking about further out in the ocean than we do now. Who would have predicted a hundred years ago that we would all be able to buy tiny "chalkboards," which would show you all the world's information at your fingertips and that could show extremely detailed and colorful photos and "films"? That you could even interact with some of these "films" and play with them, ie video games? That you could carry these around for hours at a time and that the power source would last you the whole day?

Yet, this is what anybody can buy with an Android tablet for about one week working at the minimum wage, that you can then use for a couple years afterwards, along with another 4-5 hours of work per month to pay for internet service. Who would have predicted that you'd be able to buy passage on a flying ship to go from New York to San Francisco in 5-6 hours, for about half the price of that magic "chalkboard," ie 3-4 days of work? The world is too chaotic and complex to predict that far out, hence no nuclear-powered cars to this day, ;) but it is fascinating to see how things really turn out. :)

 
At 1/17/2012 6:50 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

100 years from people will still read what a lousy president George Bush jr. was.

His presidency might be remembered as the beginning of the eclipse of the American nation by the BRIC nations....who never fired a shot....because by shooting you only lose resources, not gain.....

 
At 1/17/2012 7:00 PM, Blogger kmg said...

Very unimpressive list. It shows an ignorance of the accelerating rate of change, and no concept of the singularity.

It reeks of the same vibe as the peak oil nuts, as well as those who thought the world of 2022 as portrayed in Soylent Green in 1973, would be accurate.

For REAL futurism, go to :

kurzweilai.net
singularity2050.com

 
At 1/17/2012 7:02 PM, Blogger kmg said...

Benjamin aka 'BDS' wrote :

100 years from people will still read what a lousy president George Bush jr. was.

Odd, given that 53% of people even in January 2012 rate Bush as better than Obama.

You also seem ignorant of the fact that Obama spent more on the military per year than Bush, given both the US attack on Libya, and the expensive Iran blockade, plus the ramp-up in Afghanistan.

Get a clue, dumbass..

 
At 1/17/2012 8:18 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

100 years from people will still read what a lousy president George Bush jr. was.

Why wait? You can read that now.

 
At 1/17/2012 8:19 PM, Blogger VangelV said...


Odd, given that 53% of people even in January 2012 rate Bush as better than Obama.


That is like saying that 53% of people rate Stalin as better than Hitler. It does not make either fool a good president.

 
At 1/17/2012 9:36 PM, Blogger KauaiMark said...

Sounds more like a "wish list" rather than predictions.

 
At 1/17/2012 11:03 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"100 years from people will still read what a lousy president George Bush jr. was"...

In a hundred years people will read some of these pseudo benny comments and fall down laughing...

Then they'll finally come to the conclusion that all the insane asylums must have been closed for years by the time computer keyboards came along...

 
At 1/18/2012 10:26 AM, Blogger StrokeSaversGolf said...

I hope someone will discover the hair gene within the next century. Make it a gene that will grow hair on ones head, where we want it, and not in places where we don't want it - nose, ears, eyebrows. Hint: I think it can be found in Utah where a disproportionate number of men seem to have great hairlines. Maybe God is a Mormon after all.

 
At 1/18/2012 10:28 AM, Blogger StrokeSaversGolf said...

I hope someone will discover the hair gene within the next century. Make it a gene that will grow hair on ones head, where we want it, and not in places where we don't want it - nose, ears, eyebrows. Hint: I think it can be found in Utah where a disproportionate number of men seem to have great hairlines. Maybe God is a Mormon after all.

 
At 1/18/2012 10:32 AM, Blogger VangelV said...

"100 years from people will still read what a lousy president George Bush jr. was"...

In a hundred years people will read some of these pseudo benny comments and fall down laughing...


Just to be clear, are you saying that Bush was a good president?

 
At 1/18/2012 7:54 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Just to be clear, are you saying that Bush was a good president?"...

Well vangeIV relative to what's happening now yes...

Overall I don't hold George W in very high regard but I do think he was better than George H.W. and 'slick willie'...

Still that's damning with faint praise...

 
At 1/18/2012 8:13 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Overall I don't hold George W in very high regard but I do think he was better than George H.W. and 'slick willie'...

Why? It was under GWB that the US began a war that will ultimately end up bankrupting it. Slick Willie was too smart for that. And while Slick Willie was responsible for welfare reform and the reduction of the number of regulations GWB expanded the state as rapidly as any peace time president before him. As I think about it he belongs near the top of your worst presidents list. While not quite as bad as Wilson, Lincoln, or FDR, GWB is there with LBJ, TR, Nixon, Ford, Carter, GHWB and Obama.

 

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