Earth 2300 - 'body-free' life, space colonies, time travel

July 13 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future
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By Dick Pelletier

What will life be like 300 years from now? No one really knows for sure; in fact most projections beyond 2050 are little more than guesses. However, by multi-tracking today’s science and technology advances, and mixing reality with a dash of imagination, we can create a plausible scenario of how the future could unfold.

Experts say available information doubles every decade. Thus, in 300 years, 30 decades from now, information will expand nearly 300 million times. This increase promises to bring about a world with awesome possibilities.

By 2300, humans are in complete command of their destiny. In early 2000s, biotech and nanotech advances eliminated disease and aging, which paved the way for human-machine merge. By mid-century, most people sported maintenance-free non-biological bodies with mind/memory systems that prevent unwanted death and disease.

During “the golden age of intelligence”, 2050-2100, the Internet morphed into a wireless “global brain” feeding information to enhanced minds, raising intelligence levels, and ending all human desires for wars and conquest. Fully immersive virtual reality enabled people to interact through simulations indiscernible from reality.

Projecting our “digital self” became easier and more effective than meeting physically. One could go anywhere instantly; even be in more than one place at a time. “Digital life”, with activities directed by our neurons that are stored in a safe haven, soon became the preferred method of existence. (cont.)

By 2150, interacting in physical bodies had become passé; life was pretty much a ‘body-free’ world. This ability to live digitally later became an advantage with “wormhole” travel, which cannot transport physical matter.

Hyperspace engines, perfected in late 2000s, enabled faster-than-light speed travel, and with advanced nanotech to build facilities, helped establish hundreds of thriving communities on Mars and moon.

In mid-2200s, researchers developed energies necessary to harness wormholes, which enabled instant travel to vast distances. Explorers launched trillions of nanobots, which would find and terraform an ideal planet; make it human-compatible while preserving existing life; then send an all clear to Earth for humans to follow and inhabit.

These technologies fostered an exodus to space. In 2300, more humans live in space than on Earth. Because wormholes allow instant travel to anywhere in the galaxy, people do not feel isolated; loved ones and friends can visit as often as they like.

Our universe teems with many alien life forms, but explorers have yet to find beings with human-type intelligence. Experts do not believe we are alone though, some have posited that species far superior to us exist and could even be monitoring our activities; but in 2300, we see no evidence of their existence.

In 2290, scientists achieved the first successful wormhole transfer of information through time. Time travel specialists are now focusing on “paradox” issues: the past cannot allow any activity that changes the present. However, many believe this technology now makes it possible to retrieve lost loved one’s minds the night before they died and bring them into our time to resume their lives.

Forward-thinkers want to carry this concept even further; retrieve every human who ever died, all eight billion of them, and merge them into our civilization to help spread humanity’s “magical future” throughout the universe. Welcome to the wild and wonderful Earth 2300.

What do you think is the most attractive part of this future?

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Comment Thread (4 Responses)

  1. Wormholes? Faster than light travel? Time Travel? Aliens?

    Its time to stop speculating and give us some hard evidence. Or alternatively, some creative fiction exploring the implications of these ideas. (At least that would have some value). These wild ideas have no basis in reality and as such are extremely unscientific.

    Sorry to be negative about it, but I really would like some hard facts to support these proposals.

    Posted by: StuartDobson   July 14, 2008
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  2. StuartDobson; admittedly, the wild ideas expressed in this piece are not supported by hard scientific evidence. And as the article mentions, most projections beyond 2050 are little more than guesses. However, some aspects of this future will ring true. World information is doubling every decade, and fully immersive virtual reality, already in beginning stages today, could, enthusiasts’ claim, one day lead to digital life becoming more attractive than real reality. Many credible scientists have written about the potential for hyperspace engines (see Wikipedia), and few dispute humanity’s expected exodus to space.

    Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern are expected to prove the possibility of wormholes within the next couple of years as they will attempt to create “mini-wormholes” and transfer information through them.

    And perhaps the wildest idea tossed out in this piece would include the ability to scan minds of lost loved ones just before they died and bring them into our future time to resume their lives. Could this ever become reality? In their attempt to reverse engineer the human brain, IBM researchers hope to one day understand human consciousness, and HHMI scientists believe they will soon capture human thought at the moment of creation and store that image on a chip. These and other similar projects could turn this crazy dream into reality at some future time.

    I do not perceive the challenges offered by negative responses from bloggers as a bad thing. It only enables a clearer picture of an amazing future to arise.

    Comments welcome.

    Posted by: futuretalk   July 14, 2008
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  3. Sometimes I feel like the amount of progress people assume we will make over the years is just too unbelievable. Sure, a laptop twenty years ago probably didn’t even register on any scale, but I guess I’m just sick of this idea that the future will be perfect. Hyper-space travel? We can’t even build a friggin’ hover-board yet. I realize this is a fantasy Utopian world depicted here, but I guess I’m tired of seeing people shoot so high and always miss the mark. As a fantasy, this would be interesting, but without other factors inserted into it (the increasing gap between the rich and poor, the fact that the number one producer of Nobel Prize winners is becoming more corporate and less democratic, I just don’t know if we can pull ourselves together in time to meet this deadline. I’d say 2800 is a better goal. Over 50% of Christians think the Messiah will come to Earth before they die, maybe that’s what people are hoping with these crazy technological advances.

    Posted by: John Heylin   July 14, 2008
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  4. Some of us are more positive than others. Maybe it’s a human thing.

    Posted by: futuretalk   July 14, 2008
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