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My revised Future world timeline

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by Maximum7, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Maximum7

    Maximum7 Chieftain

    Apr 11, 2017
    I revised
    my future world that will happen after the Information Age. Here it is.

    Era 1: Post-Information Age (2020-2040)
    -the immediate future. 20 or 30 years or so
    Era 2: The Fusion Age (2045-2055)
    -the advent of fusion power eliminates the need for fossil fuels and ushers in an age of unlimited energy
    Era 3: Nano age (2055-2070)
    -Nanotechnology truly takes off and permeates every aspect of life
    Era 4: Interplanetary Age (2070- 2150)
    Humanity explores the solar system and establishes bases on the moon and Mars
    Era 5: Interstellar Age (2150-2180)
    -The invention of Faster than light travel allows humanity to explore the galaxy
    Era 6: Intergalactic Age (2180-3000)
    -Humans learn to transverse the intergalactic void and explore the universe
    Era 7: The Energy Age (3000+)
    -Humans learn to convert themselves to pure energy. Humans begin to live in their own designer universes

    This is my outline of the future. What 5 inventions/technologies/developments/discoveries can you think of for each era?
  2. Ferocitus

    Ferocitus Warlord

    Aug 7, 2016
    Adelaide, South Australia
    QUOTE="Maximum7, post: 14738144, member: 301353"]
    Era 1: Post-Information Age (2020-2040)
    -the immediate future. 20 or 30 years or so

    Doesn't really mean much, as it stands.

    Unfortunately, there isn't a way to prevent embrittlement of the essential
    containment structures without rare exotic elements like hafnium, beryllium,
    zirconium, and niobium.

    For the forseeable future, hundreds of other industries will continue to use the
    extremely limited quantities of those elements.

    Anyone proposing to build a commercial fusion reactor will have to show that
    they have the required quantities of those elements for the lifetime of the
    reactor. Once they've been irradiated they're gone.

    In any case, a ridiculous number of fusion reactors is required to to meet the
    entire world's energy demand. Reactor lifespans are so short that renewables
    will remain the best option for a very long time.

    Too pessimistic. I'd say it will hit by 2027.
    The ability to design and manufacture molecules and materials with very
    specific properties is not far off.

    Nano-car racing!

    Bases on the moon might be viable by then, but fragile bags of water are not
    the best option to inhabit them. Robots will remain the best option for
    exploring and exploiting the Moon, asteroids, and planets for a very long time.

    Martian colonization by humans is another hilarious "Muskovite" delusion.
    There will be no new Oregon Trail where Earthings set off for a better future,
    confident that they will be able to survive using only pluck and their love of

    FTL never happens.
    First craft large enough to have humans aboard attains 0.1c, hits a piece of
    dust and disintegrates.
    (See Era 7, below: Humans learn to convert themselves to pure energy.)

    Hahahaha. Calculate the energy required to get to galactic escape velocity.

    Currently available.
    Fast way: cremation. Slow way: rot in the ground and feed the worms.
    FTL way: see Era 5, above.
    Inevitable way: cosmic time scale.

    My guesses... :rolleyes:
    Use of cybernetic and other body augmentations will continue to increase.

    Some interesting "things" will crawl out of Craig Venter's labs.

    Glow in the dark bunnies will escape from a lab, breed, and reach plague proportions
    in Australia.
  3. uppi

    uppi Chieftain

    Feb 2, 2007
    This statement is not entirely true (although I agree with the general argument). The D--He-3 Fusion process does not produce neutrons and would not embrittle the containment structures. This process is, however, 10 times harder to achieve than D--T fusion and you would need He-3, which is also not an abundant isotope.
  4. Ferocitus

    Ferocitus Warlord

    Aug 7, 2016
    Adelaide, South Australia
    That scarcity is why there has been some talk of trying to get He-3 from the Moon.
    Given that nobody has demonstrated a viable fusion reactor yet, or (AFAIK) a stable
    tokamak , or proved that the Moon has an abundance of He-3 that can be mined
    economically, or established an off-Earth base, the probability of all that happening
    by the middle of this century is zero.

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