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Teleportation to anywhere 1 1.49%
Space colonies 2 2.99%
Individual flying cars 1 1.49%
Brain implants connected to the internet 18 26.87%
3-D computer interfaces 10 14.93%
Something completely different (like what?) 35 52.24%
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:33 AM   #41
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Fortunately for the 10 billion in 2050 we'll have new technology and food sources.... 'It's people!'

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In 2050, I will be 91 and DW will be 88. I don't think either one of us will care, as long as the nursing home is on the same planet as any grandchildren!

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Old 09-18-2016, 07:55 AM   #43
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:30 AM   #44
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Oh, I voted brain implants.

Certainly a lot of potential customers...

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2050 is not that far away. By then I will be dead and won't have to deal with the new stuff, whatever it will be.

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Old 09-18-2016, 11:23 AM   #45
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My point here is simply that we think we’re on top of things today but we have absolutely no clue what the world will be like when the next generation is as old as we are today.
Are we on top of things? With 6+ billion minds working full time (OK, some not working), knowledge and change comes incrementally and continuously.

I'm quite impressed how much the future is unknowable. We see this in the stock market, where pricing which represents the "now" knowledge, is changing by the millisecond.

I for one am not on top of things. Just trying to keep my head above water.
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:37 PM   #46
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If I'm still alive in 2050 I'll be 100 years old and probably won't care much, if at all. But I checked "brain implants connected to the internet".

On the flying cars, I agree with harley, that will always be 20 years out. I think there will always be so many design compromises in that concept that the vehicle will not either fly well or drive well. It would be neat to see it happen though.
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Posts: 543 all are really creative! I think, with the population increase, and the continuing degradation of our environment, there will be focus on restoration - such as "radiation absorbing algae for the oceans," or some such thing, so the Earth won't go entirely belly-up. The new inventions will benefit those at the top, just like today.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:29 PM   #48
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I think it will be something like where the Kardashian grandkids are going tonight, what they are wearing and who are they with. But it will be on 3D holograms embedded in your brain. There will be no escape.
So tinfoil hats will still be popular?
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Old 09-20-2016, 05:44 PM   #49
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So I came across this video, for all you "Always 20 years away" flying-car people...notice who one of the sponsors is (in the first few seconds of the video).

Remember how long the world record airplane flights were at the beginning, the kind of folks flying them, who the people were driving the fastest cars were back in the 1920's. It's not too hard to imagine putting this technology into something completely under computer control, requiring no skill to operate.

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Old 09-23-2016, 01:54 PM   #51
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I think the big advance in technology will be mostly unseen - artificial intelligence. Knowledge based systems will have made major inroads in fields such as law, medicine, technical and logistical support. Much (or even most) the interaction between consumers and business will really be consumers communicating with business SW. Mobil devices will have apps with advanced diagnostic and problem solving capabilities.

They still won't be able to predict the weather or time the markets.
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I voted "other" and I think the big thing will be nanobots. By 2050 miniaturization will allow tiny devices to repair cells, clean arteries. By 2055 hackers or rogue governments will pervert the nanobots so they destroy cells. By 2060 we are all dead. #ohnoes
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:21 PM   #53
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We may not make it to 2050 unless we completely deal with the the year 2038 computing problem, which can still impact a lot of these technologies (
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Surprised no one motioned CRISPR. Given how easy CRISPR makes gene editing, by 2050 all sorts of GMOs will exist. CRISPR tech will get applied to plants, animals, and humans with dramatic effects. Banana shortage? No problem, we can modify corn stalks to produce bananas. Tired of lemons, grapefruits, etc.? Now there's an entirely new citrus fruit to try. Labradoodle too 20th Century for you? Now you can combine attributes at will and create any kind of pet you want. Or any kind of child.

As with any tech it will be overused, potentially becoming dangerous, such that after 2050 (if not sooner) there will be a backlash against CRISPR-produced organisms.

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