Earth 2500: humans dominate the galaxy, develop space/time travel

May 07 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 9 Hot

By Dick Pelletier

After rising from the ‘primordial soup’ to become today’s amazing humans, futurists ponder our next step. Hawking, Kurzweil, Drexel and others see technologies advancing exponentially in the coming centuries providing a future filled with happiness, affluence, and a greatly extended lifespan.

Of course, no one knows for sure how life will progress in 500 years, but if we look at what experts predict in the near future – biotech wonders repairing bodies in the 2010s, nanotech providing affluence for everyone in the 2020s, and 2030s miracles that suggest rebuilding bodies with ‘immortal’ materials – then blend in some creative thoughts, a future appears that seems more magical than real.

Imagine a world with only 2,000 families, each living on an estate the size of California with snow-capped mountains, deserts and beautiful coastlines. Now further imagine that ‘humanoid’ robots cater to our every whim and we can change the weather with voice commands (“let there be snow; rain; sunshine”), but here’s the best part: these estates are available at no cost in a time when commerce is no longer a part of our lives.

The only catch is that you are a long ways from Earth. Your new home is located on a newly-terraformed planet orbiting 16 Cygni, a double-star system seventy light-years from Earth. Hoping to encourage more people to become space-dwellers, AI officials offer deals like this with the following arrangement: “Stay one year in your new home, become active in global politics, and this beautiful nano-protected estate will belong to your family forever”. (cont.)

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Astrophysicist Believes We'll Locate "Hundreds of Earth-Like Planets" by 2013

March 24 2009 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Information   Year: 2013   Rating: 5 Hot

Astrophysicist Alan Boss believes Nasa's Kepler Mission will turn up "hundreds of Earth-like planets", many of which will probably be "inhabited with something."

Considered a leader in the search for planets outside our solar system, Alan Boss says we are at a turning point in our search for extraterrestrial life.  He expects we are on the verge of finding many different Earth-like planets across the universe, and he expects it will be common to find life on those planets. He shares his ideas for how the United States can be on the forefront of the next great discovery: life on another planet.