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The Future of Humanity & Intelligent life in the universe
midtskogenDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 14:29 | Message # 151
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To put my view simply, humanity WILL go extinct very very soon.

What's very soon?

Even if civilisation and even knowledge of agriculture and domestication were lost within a few generations and we were left with no more competitive advantages over other animals, humans would still be so numerous on every continent that it would likely take thousands of years to go extinct even if there are dramatic climate changes such as an ice age.





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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 15:02 | Message # 152
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humans would still be so numerous on every continent that it would likely take thousands of years to go extinct


This is something many doomsdayers don't seem to realize, 7.3 billion is an awfully large number. Even in many worst case scenarios of nuclear war there would still be thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of humans spread across the Earth and in many places there would still be large enough breeding populations for humanity to survive.

Going off of our current standing it would take a fair sized or larger asteroid/comet to wipe out all life on Earth including humanity or something very rare and unlikely like multiple worst case scenarios happening at once. I have no doubts humanity will go extinct eventually, but the chances of humanity going extinct in your lifetime are pretty small. If humanity keeps going the way it is then most likely our extinction will be self inflicted, this is inevitable if we live long enough. Either through technological/biological evolution or through neglect the species we know as human today will stop existing.





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AerospacefagDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 17:13 | Message # 153
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This is something many doomsdayers don't seem to realize, 7.3 billion is an awfully large number. Even in many worst case scenarios of nuclear war there would still be thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of humans spread across the Earth and in many places there would still be large enough breeding populations for humanity to survive.


Survival of humanity does not depend on numbers, but rather on social integrity. On fact, any catastrophic event will seriously afffect not only numbers, but also perception of people, who may finally consider to work together to survive in the future and go forward. Some people even thought it would be a better faith for humanity because such an event would teach them a lesson, or help to understand the importance of coexistence. But the backside of that is losing tremendous amount of knowledge and manpower, which in effect reduces ability of people to cooperate. In fact, the latter comes first - it did not took largest of empires of the past to loose a lot of population before they fell into extinction.
 
midtskogenDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 17:46 | Message # 154
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Unless a minor planet collides with Earth, I think the most realistic way humankind could be wiped out within a century is through a disease carefully crafted in a lab and distributed in a way aiming to wipe out humanity. The potential of biological warfare is fortunately relatively unexplored.




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PlutonianEmpireDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 18:08 | Message # 155
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This reminds me of when every now and then, I'll hear Hawking make the news for saying that humanity will go extinct in about 1000 years if we don't start colonizing other worlds ("earthlike" or not). Would that be an accurate statement, or no?




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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 19:02 | Message # 156
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it did not took largest of empires of the past to loose a lot of population before they fell into extinction.


Yet humanity still survived. There have been times in human history where global population was in the low couple thousands and we still survived. It is true that numbers are not everything but when you have as many humans as there are today the numbers lean in favor of successful breeding populations.

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The potential of biological warfare is fortunately relatively unexplored.


Hate to say it, but this is not really true. Many governments and groups have invested a lot of time into researching such things and many of the results have been "positive".





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AerospacefagDate: Sunday, 05.04.2015, 21:26 | Message # 157
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Yet humanity still survived. There have been times in human history where global population was in the low couple thousands and we still survived.


It is because they've had abundant resources and a lot of territory, thet is left after ther predecessors. Well, technically speaking, they probably had trouble with a lot of things, but they sustained steady growth until they filled every available territory and then even more so, after which neolithic revolution happened, changing the people forever.

The same way we might eventually encounter deficit of resources and stagnation, determined by our limited area on the planet. At some point, we may realize, it is impossible to us to continue on this path and people will be forced to stop their ruthless exploitation and suffer the consequences of their actions. We might not be able to fly into space, develop or replace infrastructure and technologies, or keep our legal system in good shape. There are some possibilities which imply different amount of changes, from minor stagnation to destruction of economy and the disappearance of nations, but what is important to know is that all of this can be avoided, if only people who are in charge would realize their arrogance and nearsightedness.
 
lhommealenversDate: Sunday, 10.05.2015, 13:01 | Message # 158
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Just my two cents. Good thought experiments about the matter of transhumanism are shown in Greg Egan's work.
 
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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Saturday, 18.07.2015, 14:59 | Message # 161
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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Wednesday, 12.08.2015, 22:12 | Message # 162
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Since this thread is all but dead I am going to use it as a place to post updates and discussions on future technologies








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WatsisnameDate: Thursday, 13.08.2015, 01:22 | Message # 163
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Zaddy23Date: Thursday, 13.08.2015, 03:28 | Message # 165
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This is phenomenally interesting, What a time to be alive.




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