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    Fusion energy


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    AI sex dolls
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    Commercially available in vitro meat
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    Ultimately, scientific and technological advancements.
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    A better battery.

    For more than a century, civilisation has been built around the idea that electricity is difficult to store.

    Think of a world where airliners ran on electricity; where at each airport the ground staff would refuel by substituting a fresh 50kg battery pack.

    Think of cars, lorries, trains, ships, space rockets with the same performance as today but with electrical motors, minimal weight for fuel storage with power generated in large fixed ground installations at optimal cost.

    Think of a power industry with competition between Icelandic geothermal producers, Norwegian hydro-electric producers, Spanish solar installations where the electricity produced is exported in electricity tankers.

    Consider a general public who routinely wear electrically heated winter clothes.

    Consider a world where the key factor for portable electronics is not power consumption.




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    If we could invent a God that works, all problems solved. Unfortunately the Gods we have invented fall very much short of useability.
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    The cure for ageing.

    The average age will be in the region of a few thousand years. These numbers are guesses, of course, but they're guided by the rate at which the young die these days.

    If you are a reasonably risk-aware teenager today in an affluent, non-violent neighbourhood, you have a risk of dying in the next year of well under one in 1,000, which means that if you stayed that way forever you would have a 50/50 chance of living to over 1,000.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    The transition from scarcity to abundance will already be complete by the end of this century.
    We will still have scarcity, but it will be because we have too many people.
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    (Original post by Xysoo)
    We will still have scarcity, but it will be because we have too many people.
    Regional overpopulation may be an issue.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    Consider a general public who routinely wear electrically heated winter clothes.
    These already exist. They work. I myself have a pair of heated gloves for when I'm teaching on the mountains. Heated jackets, socks, bootliners, etc exist too from multiple brands.
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    Significant advances in our understanding of the genetic code to the point where we can read it like a map or recipe. The far reaching consequences this would have on society could be both fantastic and horrific. Also because I love a heated debate, it would great to observe the verbal cage matches that would ensue. Imagine if every stereotype and generalization about gender, race, sexuality, and other could be proved or disproved once and for all with empirical data.
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    Self-driving cars

    Robots/A.I. which makes manual labour obsolete

    3d printers

    programs which can write and improve upon pre-existing programs/information singularity



    The first three of these things are actually very close (potentially within 10 years) but politically and economically we don't have any of the tools to deal with the changes these things will bring.

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    A better battery.

    For more than a century, civilisation has been built around the idea that electricity is difficult to store.

    Think of a world where airliners ran on electricity; where at each airport the ground staff would refuel by substituting a fresh 50kg battery pack.

    Think of cars, lorries, trains, ships, space rockets with the same performance as today but with electrical motors, minimal weight for fuel storage with power generated in large fixed ground installations at optimal cost.

    Think of a power industry with competition between Icelandic geothermal producers, Norwegian hydro-electric producers, Spanish solar installations where the electricity produced is exported in electricity tankers.

    Consider a general public who routinely wear electrically heated winter clothes.

    Consider a world where the key factor for portable electronics is not power consumption.




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    This is one of the best responses by far.


    Look at the processing power of your laptop today and compare it with the processing power of your laptop/PC you have 10 years ago.


    Look at your mobile phone today and compare it with the one you had 10 years ago


    In both cases it's so much better in every respect with one exception, your battery still lasts only as long
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    A better battery.

    For more than a century, civilisation has been built around the idea that electricity is difficult to store.

    Think of a world where airliners ran on electricity; where at each airport the ground staff would refuel by substituting a fresh 50kg battery pack.

    Think of cars, lorries, trains, ships, space rockets with the same performance as today but with electrical motors, minimal weight for fuel storage with power generated in large fixed ground installations at optimal cost.

    Think of a power industry with competition between Icelandic geothermal producers, Norwegian hydro-electric producers, Spanish solar installations where the electricity produced is exported in electricity tankers.

    Consider a general public who routinely wear electrically heated winter clothes.

    Consider a world where the key factor for portable electronics is not power consumption.




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    Graphene.
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    (Original post by Lady Comstock)
    - Some form of anti-ageing medicine or something that eliminates most diseases.
    - Interstellar travel.
    - An almost-unlimited source of power/energy.

    Your views?
    The invention of the internet is already changing humanity forever. Things are changing so fast we don't even have time to be astonished.

    I believe the invention of the internet is as vital a step in our development (and will be seen as such) as the rise of agriculture. The fundamental organising principle of our society is changing due to the internet and I believe it will lead to the rise of a planetary civilisation, to a global public opinion and to new forms of social and political association.

    Think about the fact that just a little over ten years ago, YouTube and Twitter didn't even exist. Now they are both pretty much institutions in their own right. The ability of a human being to take video footage and send it instantly to someone on the other side of the planet is a capability that 15 or 20 years ago only TV stations and governments with access to expensive equipment and comms satellite time could do.

    The changes that are occurring are profound
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    affordable blonde sex robots. so many problems are caused by men ( soz guys ) being denied "rumpy pumpy"... this would bring harmony and happiness to society.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    Think of a world where airliners ran on electricity; where at each airport the ground staff would refuel by substituting a fresh 50kg battery pack.
    What propulsion system would these use?
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    (Original post by the bear)
    affordable blonde sex robots. so many problems are caused by men ( soz guys ) being denied "rumpy pumpy"... this would bring harmony and happiness to society.
    I think there would be advantages to the existence of sex robots. But it may also have other unforeseen implications.

    For example, the availability of convincingly real sex robots may make people less likely to pursue real human beings for sex and companionship and so it may lead to a declining birth rate, to a more insular and lonely society.
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    (Original post by MostUnciviIised)
    I think there would be advantages to the existence of sex robots. But it may also have other unforeseen implications.

    For example, the availability of convincingly real sex robots may make people less likely to pursue real human beings for sex and companionship and so it may lead to a declining birth rate, to a far less overcrowded and miserable society.
    blonde sex robots ftw.
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    (Original post by the bear)
    blonde sex robots ftw.
    What if I want a ginger?
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    (Original post by MostUnciviIised)
    What if I want a ginger?
    i guess that minority interests would be catered for ?

    :creep:
 
 
 
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