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The Future of Humanity & Intelligent life in the universe
WatsisnameDate: Sunday, 08.06.2014, 08:59 | Message # 121
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Unless there is a way to somehow bypass this

Good thing NASA is working on that


Along that vein, this short Eagleworks report is a pretty good read as well. smile





 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Tuesday, 17.06.2014, 22:44 | Message # 122
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Zaddy23Date: Wednesday, 18.06.2014, 01:06 | Message # 123
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Personally I think we are currently headed for Self-destruction of one form or another... it could be an all out nuclear holocaust or just a simple puff as global warming starts a runaway effect and turns earth into a second venus (although not quite as hot). Our basic instinct is not designed to cope with technology this powerful, since we all evolved from a species in which we fought over the best mate, and that still lingers to today. But hey, ♫ always look on the bright side of life! ♫ (I love Monty's works cool ) but I digress, if we manage to survive all that (and I think maybe we have a better chance than some think) then we'll certainly come out of it all the wiser about what we do, if we have shipped of to another star system cos Earth got stuffed up by global warming, or if we ride it out, we will hopefully learn from our experiences, and move on from this MURDER ALL THE THINGS! attitude that the human race seems to have. biggrin (that is if Yellowstone Doesn't detonate my neighbouring country in the next 1,000 years, I mean that thing is too close to Australia for my liking)




Along with fezes and bowties, brown dwarves are cool.

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Tank7Date: Sunday, 27.07.2014, 00:39 | Message # 124
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I think that a lot of our development depends on future energy availability.

Extremely ancient times you could burn wood in addition to what your body provided in work/heat
Rome had water (mills, aquaducts) in addition to the above
Early industrial revolution was dominated by coal, in addition to the above
Later 1800's we added oil to the list above
Fission was the latest addition essentially. It's a little complicated by how oil has developed with deeper drilling, horizontal drilling, fracking, etc.

We really need a breakthrough in fusion. Most economists dread the "green" stuff. If you look at the actual cost of renewable energy, behind the subsidies & tax breaks, it is certain to send us into a 1929 style recession if it were to become the main energy source. There's potential for renewables someday but right now the economics are just brutal.

Another glimmer of hope is in fission of the element thorium instead of, or in addition to, uranium.

More energy just means more everything, transportation, food, ability to build/manufacture, just more everything. Energy dictates both the scale and sophistication of civilization. The Kardashev scale measures energy use for a reason. The only interesting kink is the recent ultra-miniaturization of our computer/phone stuff, including power requirements. But then there's all the stuff that we will never (willingly) scale down such as our homes and transportation networks.
 
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Go to antza2.deviantart.com for cool photos!
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Wednesday, 20.08.2014, 20:29 | Message # 126
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laiodDate: Friday, 29.08.2014, 02:50 | Message # 127
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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Friday, 29.08.2014, 03:18 | Message # 128
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Pretty decent story about how we could still survive for billions of years even if we can't get beyond the speed of light.

Though the one thing I disagree with is the use of embryos. With future genetic engineering and nanotechnology repairing frozen or suspended bodies would be child's play. Seems more likely we will begin sending people from Earth within this century all around our solar system, and then from there technologies will develop enabling us to venture to our closest stellar neighbors.

Also nice that he used SE cool





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laiodDate: Friday, 29.08.2014, 05:49 | Message # 129
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Whatever we do end up doing with sending people around, it will definitely be cool to say the least.




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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Friday, 19.12.2014, 09:03 | Message # 130
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First time in human history and hopefully not the last.


http://www.businessinsider.com/les-bau....2014-12





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kaue4arp10Date: Tuesday, 20.01.2015, 00:48 | Message # 131
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Happy new year everyone! this thread seems quite dead, but anyways; i don't think humanity will destroy itself at all, i mean, if we've been through the cold war and we got out of it just fine, i think we can go through some harder stuff...
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Tuesday, 20.01.2015, 01:03 | Message # 132
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if we've been through the cold war and we got out of it just fine, i think we can go through some harder stuff...


Our technology is exponentially getting more deadly. Nukes are nothing compared to the threat that biotech and nanotech will be.





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kaue4arp10Date: Tuesday, 20.01.2015, 01:55 | Message # 133
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Our technology is exponentially getting more deadly.


It always is, since we started forming villages, we've been creating the most advanced weapons, and yet we never destroyed ourselves, also, i don't think nanotech will be popular, it's too expensive to build or research it, and not really useful, unless for war or medical purposes.
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Tuesday, 20.01.2015, 02:58 | Message # 134
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it's too expensive to build or research it, and not really useful


The same could have been said about home computers in the 1970s and early 1980s and the same could have been said about microprocessors and cellphones in the late 80s and early 90s. You could even say the same thing about 3D printing and other emergent technologies today. You can go through our history and name countless examples and times when such things seemed impossible. Given enough time technologies becomes cheap and readily available, biotech and nanotech will be no different.

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unless for war


This has been the driving force behind many technological advancements. That alone will guarantee the development of such technologies.

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medical purposes.


The potential to cure every disease and improve the human body is too strong to let such a thing go to waste. There are dozens of businesses around the world investing billions of dollars into R&D meaning it is only a matter of time.





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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Tuesday, 17.03.2015, 15:12 | Message # 135
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http://nextbigfuture.com/2015....th.html





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