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Please come in. You're invited to make yourself at home! Join us beneath the doodle...

Heh. Last night I surely harshed a mellow or two. I mean, who wants to hear ZOMG! All the Critters Are Dying Off!.

I mean, that's like the Church of Bob saying The World Ends Tomorrow And You MAY Die? Really.

(Chuckling at link above. Heh. Repent! Quit your job! Slack off, while there's time!")

In all seriousness, the world's according to Everett of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is in a tight spot.

What's to be done?

Well, I thought I would try to show that while, yes, half the major land species of the planet might be gone by the end of the millennium, there's no need to panic....excessively. Panic to needs, I always say. Wait, I never say that, except for then.

Anyway, we're not helpless to help.

My job tonight is to yank y'all back from the edge of gloom, despair and agony (like the song here)...

I think things stand a good chance of becoming better because the means to life more than it is for billions is here. Many on-the-shelf or almost-to-market technologies right now will make traumas and ailments impossible to cure now become routine office visits. More, systems in place to keep these maladies from happening at all, including trauma management through biocomputing uploads, will  be available in this century - not just available but widely so.

Consider the things scientists are working on now and when they are likely to make their mark. I'm light on time so I can only do quick and dirty list that won't make sense to everyone. But look for these words in the news, people.

What can save us can save the world. All of it. For all kinds of life.

Programmable Matter     2010s
Quantum Cryptography     2010s
Robotic Surgery     2010s
Resonance Image Interface (Human cognition/emotion mapping)     2010s
Suspended Animation (animal tests)     2020s
Biosensor (ex DNA field-effect transistor)     2020s
Spintronics (magnetoelectronics theory)     2020s
Quantum Dot     2020s
Mind Transfer     2020s
Brain Implant     2020s
Smart Clothing (biomonitoring, Zephyr shirts)     2020s
Theranostics     2020s
Nanomedicine     2020s
Dataverse     2020s
Holovision     2020s
Artificial Photosynthesis (understanding of natural process)     2020s
Androids     2020s
Ampakines (Attention Enhanching Drugs)     2030s
Laser-mediated Gene Expression     2030s
Programmable Proteins     2030s
Utility Fog     2030s
Stem Cells     2030s
Holographic Data Storage (concepts, early research)     2030s
Nanofabrication (hi-tech industries)     2030s
Synthetic Biology (concepts, standardized biological parts inventory)     2030s
Personalized Medicine     2030s
Augmented Reality (AR)     2030s
Adaptive Optics     2030s
Powered Exoskeleton     2040s
Rejuvenation Vaccine     2040s
Pattern Basis Education     2040s
Optogenetics (Light/genetic manipulation of neural states)     2040s
Regenerative Medicine     2050s
Cognitive Apps     2050s
Exocortex     2050s
Proteomics     2050s
3D Printer     2050s
Computational Creativity     2050s
Sensory Substitution/Augment     2050s
Biocomputing     2060s

The dates given are peaks. Someone's going to snap: hey, 3D printers are NOW, yo.

My retort: And 3DP's are such a game changer they won't hit their heyday for two generations.

Consider what it will mean to be alive in the 2050s. Rather what it COULD mean. A world not only without blindness, deafness, deprivations of body and mind and emotional well being but without ignorance, without any excuse for it, with no excuse for bigotry and misunderstanding. A society on the precipice of unimagined greatness.

It could be a wonderful future not more than a sunrise or two away. Or a nightmare beyond terror.

For the tools listed in a hurry above could herald in a golden age..halos to raise people on wings of insight, creativity and compassion... or the same tools could be shackles and collars to bear the world down into horrid thralldom on a level never imagined.

For all dreams start with the mind. Once our tools start magnifying the prospects of thought the next question is: how much do we trust the engineers of these tools, the trustees.

Yet there is much work to do. Much demand for tools as I've listed above.

Someone will make these things reality.

Oh, I forgot to mention: Most of the items on the list above are already under development.

The future's coming, and it's coming for everyone. Let's meet it well.

May 27, 2012

Thanks to tonight's Top Comments contributors! Let us hear from YOU
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I'm taking a chance on this 2nd Amendment contribution by Robobagpiper, submitted by kestrel9000, because....I've been kinda wondering myself where Diane Feinstein was all those times she didn't have constructive and sensible to say about other parts of the Bill of Rights. Your mileage may vary.

Noddy goes nuts and submits a haybale of awesome...

koosah reveals the Sasquatch timeline in troubador's diary Questions I Want to Ask Stupid People

billmosby takes the high road in twigg's diary Boys Behaving Badly.

supergreen reminds Republicans that they have to say what they want, and Aythem supports that in Jed Lewison's Front Page diary Republican U.S. Senator: Cut Medicare ... or we'll shut down the government.

kovie nails it on Jed Lewison's front page diary.


UPDATE Oops, forgot one...

from Edrie

This has to be the best comment for the new year!

in the diary a new year of sorrow

I grew up poor and hungry, can't stand others (12+ / 0-)

having to live that way. Whenever I have someone in my line that can't cover their food, I do. It has never been more then $8-10. The first person I ever helped was an elderly woman who was $3 short of having enough to cover her meager groceries. I put my hand on her shoulder and said "Nana let me get this." She looked stunned, I told the cashier to put the extra items on my bill and sack them with hers. He gave me a questioning look and told him we were family. So now when it happens I always preface it with, we are family let me help you with this.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

by cherie clark on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:33:57 PM PST

January 3, 2013

(excluding Tip Jars and first comments)

Got mik!

  1) First I had heard about that even around this by ontheleftcoast — 213
  2) I think that there have been by smoothnmellow — 143
  3) You should embed the video in your diary. by Eileen B — 134
  4) They rioted at Penn State by AoT — 122
  5) I beg to differ... by Montfallcon — 119
  6) It happens because the victim is never believed by Horace Boothroyd III — 118
  7) Ty for your diary, this needs more attention. by genethefiend — 103
  8) And because sports is god by Avilyn — 99
  9) I'm sorry, but it's not cheerleading. by smoothnmellow — 97
10) Ditto by La Gitane — 96
11) Thanks by maxomai — 95
12) No sports are the epitome of male privilege by Horace Boothroyd III — 95
13) Perhaps the best done pro-deal diary by FishOutofWater — 94
14) It blows my mind by DAISHI — 90
15) It was an eye opening segment by zizi — 89
16) Good grief by pat of butter in a sea of grits — 88
17) Actually, since he town is attempting to by inclusiveheart — 86
18) Thank you by Onomastic — 85
19) So, pointing out on a Democratic blog by Its the Supreme Court Stupid — 84
20) I'm not sure where to begin. by Eileen B — 82
21) It Depends on What Congress Does Next by JekyllnHyde — 80
22) This kind of thing by kos — 78
23) Well that's it by maxomai — 76
24) I don't know how but it's criminal by Nulwee — 75
25) The next time I verbally smack Sen. Reid by ontheleftcoast — 74
26) I hope Jeff Zucker will give a slot to KO at CNN by LaurenMonica — 74
27) Making a Comeback due to Unvaccinating Parents. by teacherjon — 74
28) Why? by Diogenes2008 — 73
29) Just you watch by Swampfoot — 72
30) And don't even DARE interrupt their game by Mother Mags — 71

January 3, 2013

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