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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
Artificial Photosynthesis (understanding of natural process) 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
3D Printer 2050s
Computational Creativity 2050s
Sensory Substitution/Augment 2050s
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.