Longer, more exciting life ahead for everyone

August 12 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future Blogger.net
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By Dick Pelletier

We often think nostalgically of our past as the “good old days,” but projected scientific and technological breakthroughs suggest the greatest and most exciting times are actually yet to come. Today, breakthroughs rush at us with amazing speeds and the golden ages of biotech, 2010-2020, and nanotech, 2020-2035, promise huge advances in health, entertainment and wealth.

Revolutionary biologist Leroy Hood predicts that in the next decade, we will understand individual genetic predispositions for most sicknesses, and develop powerful tools for preventing them. “We’ll move from a mode of medicine that’s largely reactive to one that’s predictive and preventive,” he says.

Experts believe that by 2025, nanobots swarming through our bodies will stave off most sicknesses and zap viruses before we even start to sniffle. By 2030, all diseases, including aging, will be manageable. And as we gain greater health and energy, we will become more actively involved with entertainment technologies.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates says TVs and computers are finally converging into a single media. By 2015, nearly every movie, TV drama and sit-com ever produced will be available from the Internet to your home, and voice-activation will make selecting programs as simple as talking to your screen.

Games will become more entertaining too with expected speeds of over 10,000 GHz. But no matter how far technology advances, certain aspects of gaming will remain constant. Marksmanship, speed thrills, and strategies will improve, but plots and characters of today’s role players, along with elements that charm the heart will remain pretty much the same as today.

Unlike today’s games that stimulate only sight, hearing, and touch, 2015 games will add taste and smell, creating more realism. As TVs continue to advance, flat screens will morph into holographic displays with characters seeming to hop into the room.

By 2020, it will be difficult to distinguish simulations from real people. And by 2030, nanotech advances are expected to create a Star Trek-like “Holodeck” with interactive programs allowing multiple viewers to re-live past adventures, work out personal problems, or enjoy romantic escapades.

By 2015, robot servants will begin to take an active role in our world. We will likely feel frustrated with their lower intelligence; however they will help us interface with our entertainment and keep us organized. We will depend on them for many of our daily needs and by 2020, we will consider them irreplaceable.

Our minds will improve in this amazing future too. Researchers are beginning to unravel the brain’s secrets as they identify how neurons form thoughts, feelings and memories. Forward-thinkers believe that by 2030, all mental illnesses will be eliminated and solutions discovered that could change negative behavior in criminals and terrorists.

Nano-replicators, predicted to appear on kitchen counters by 2025, promise to eliminate world poverty and hunger and create affluence unlike anything the world has ever experienced. Replicators will produce food, clothing, and other consumer goods, at little or no cost, lowering living expenses and reducing much of the need to work.

Thanks to the benefits of these projected technological miracles and the nano-economy; everyone will enjoy enough leisure time to fully appreciate our “magical future.”

Which prediction in this piece is most likely to happen?

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Comment Thread (11 Responses)

    • Healthcare moving from reactive to predictive
    • Robot servants taking an active role in our lives
    • All mental illnesses manageable by 2030
    • Nano-replicators on kitchen counters by 2025
    • Star Trek Holodeck becomes reality by 2030
    • Communicating with the Internet by voice
    • All of the above
    • None of the above. This future won’t happen this century.

    Promises, promises.

    Posted by: adbatstone80   August 12, 2008
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  1. Adbatstone, how can you say predictive medicine will not arrive until 2100 when personal genomes already allow this proactive healthcare practice today; and there are many voice changer software programs that enable accessing Internet sites which also are available now.

    Please try to be more accurate and specific with your negative statements.

    Posted by: futuretalk   August 12, 2008
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  2. I predict that we’ve reached the limit with what we can do with our current technology, and we will experience a technological drought, a long plateau that will last around 75 years where the growth of technology will flatline into something linear. The knee of the curve will only start to pick up around 2080-2090.

    Posted by: adbatstone80   August 12, 2008
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  3. The exponential growth of technology up to now will plunge into a slow, incremental and steady pace between now and 2080. During this drought, people will still die of cancer, heart disease and stroke, go to work, use oil in their internal combustion engines, drive the same cars we have today, read newspapers and stay earth-bound due to primitive 21st century space technology. Only by 2085 or so will the first inklings of transhumanism make their presence felt in the mainstream media (as a possibility).

    Posted by: adbatstone80   August 12, 2008
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  4. Adbatstone, can you muster up any evidence that supports your negative outlook, or is this just your opinion?

    Posted by: futuretalk   August 12, 2008
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  5. It’s just his opinion, he never backs up anything, he just says “not in my lifetime” over and over like a broken record. Frankly it’s getting tiresome, it’s like he stalks this website just to attack any positivity.

    The people who genuinely follow trends know that the exponential curves are not slowing, and there is no evidence that they will. And anyone who thinks that life will be just like now, with the same cars and the same medical issues, should take a look at 1908 and just think about the many changes which happened in the next few decades which were impossible to predict. Bu “thinking” is something that adbatstone80 never does.

    So adbatstone80, stop assaulting this guy’s blog at every chance you get. If you must scoff at the analysis presented, the least you could do is back it up with some hard facts. “Put up or should up”. Do what people following exponential trends do: show us the numbers.

    Posted by: CptSunbeam   August 12, 2008
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  6. And don’t jump on my typos either. Add something to the discussion, or add nothing at all.

    Posted by: CptSunbeam   August 12, 2008
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  7. As annoying as an ad, As crazy as a bat, As dense as a stone.

    I went for the “healthcare” choice, because, yes, I see this as already starting to happen. I’m fairly confident in the others, but I’d put the nano-replicators about 5-10 years later (just a hunch – 2025 seems about right for when the big breakthroughs will be still in the lab, not popularized in the market already), and I think the virtual reality experiences will be more internalized for a long time before a Holodeck-like invention comes out (why not use machines to enhance our existing abilities to dream, and do so lucidly?)

    Posted by: gremlinn   August 12, 2008
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  8. The picture of the future depicted here is wonderful. The idea regarding unraveling the secrets of the brain to solve mental illnesses and “change negative behavior in criminals and terrorists” is a bit frightening, as it makes me think of mind-control or behavior-training. But otherwise, I hope all of these do come true.

    Posted by: fantasywriter   August 13, 2008
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  9. As we experience the benefits of the coming biotech revolution, 2010-2020, and molecular nanotech showers us with its miracles, 2020-2030, fewer people will suffer the pain, agony, and death from diseases, leaving mostly violent crime and accidents to bring on the grim reaper.

    This will cause researchers to place strong focus on these last two remaining risks to human life.

    Granted, using cutting edge neuron technologies to eliminate human hostilities straddles the fine line between “big brother” and human safety, but by 2030 or so, with brains enhanced with extra neurons, and also interfaced with artificial intelligence machines, humans should possess the necessary intelligence to reduce hostile feelings in those where appropriate without stifling free will.

    And driverless cars and bodies reinforced with strong nanomaterials will lessen the risks of accidents.

    Will the future unfold in this way? This writer believes that it will.

    Posted by: futuretalk   August 13, 2008
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  10. The EU are already working on a big research project to produce an uncrashable car. It seems that one of the biggest causes of loss of life may not exist in the next ten to fifteen years. Even the movie I Robot (2035) may be innaccurate in its depiction of car crashes.

    I was also reading an undergraduate level molecular biology book which stated that the field is progressing so fast that the authors had difficulty writing an accurate account of the subject (of course, adbatstone80 does not read anything, except this blog of course!). It really does seem we’re in for some big changes in functional genomics, and the director of this division at the NIH wholeheartedly agrees; in fact he could not emphasise it enough.

    I think that most of us would agree that these are evidence enough that our world is changing quickly. I feel sorry for the naysayers who (in about 12 years) will become red-faced, as the news reports of significant discoveries become more and more frequent.

    Posted by: CptSunbeam   August 13, 2008
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