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_bnkr612
Jul 16, 2004, 11:21 PM
In 2050, where will you be and where will Apple be?

I would be an old webdesigner, and the web will be considered "old-school".

I think Apple will be the leader in everything computer related. G40's will be insane and... Mac-A-Holics and freshies, help me out here...

Cheers,
bnkr

mgargan1
Jul 16, 2004, 11:48 PM
i'll either be 77, or pushing daises. Honestly, I have no idea where we're going to be headed. Who knows how accurate movies like Terminator or The Matrix will be. To have computers so fast, and so intuitive that they're actually smarter than humans, and will/might take over. There is one good thing to think about though... if these machines that will eventually take us over are running Microsoft software... they'll crash all the damn time. So, i'm not too worried about that.

As far as hardware, we'll probably be in 1024bit computing, and processors so fast and small that we wont need desktops, or anything like that... we'll just have the computer networked to our brain, and we just think of crap.. like turn of coffee machine, or download porn... whatever it may be. I'm sure all that stuff will be able to work off the electrical impulses in our brain. Talk about low voltage... plus, by then we'll probably have colonies on the moon, or mars... or something like that. It'll be interesting... if we're here... by the way, where'd you get the number 2050?

_bnkr612
Jul 16, 2004, 11:59 PM
by the way, where'd you get the number 2050?

Just a date that seems like drastic change in the world. Hopefully the Bush name will no longer exist too, in certain areas of professions.

Apple //e
Jul 17, 2004, 12:10 AM
we will all drive cars that fly, wear metallic suits that never need ironing, and have robots to clean our houses, just like sci-fi movies predicted will happen by 2000

Dr. Dastardly
Jul 17, 2004, 12:14 AM
I find it hillarious that the first post about far out advanced technology and the huge leaps computers will take, was about porn.

Y'all are thinking it!! Props to the first guy who said it. :D

Phatpat
Jul 17, 2004, 12:15 AM
and jet packs! Don't forget jet packs!


:D
It's fun to the imagine the far future. Society could go in many drastically different directions over 50 years.

Duff-Man
Jul 17, 2004, 12:16 AM
Duff-Man says...Jetson - you're late!!! .....oh yeah!

Abstract
Jul 17, 2004, 07:50 AM
Hopefully the Bush name will no longer exist too, in certain areas of professions.

Yeah, just like nobody has Hitler as a surname anymore. Anyone named Bush will eventually change it, hopefully.

By 2050, the flux capacitor will be complete, and any time I drive over 87mph, I'll travel through time to crazier times, like 2157, where I can plug a USB23 cable into my ass and print thoughts from my brain.

*blink* "I know kung-fu!"

DarkNovaMatter
Jul 17, 2004, 08:54 AM
Nanotech my dear Watson, Nanotech................. :D Who needs a compter hooked up to their brain when you can have it directly in your brain? Course one thing that would have to happen, is society changing in many ways. Living 300 years +, being able to be augmented, etc. The only question is how it will go down, nice and quiet, or what games like Deus Ex have shown? No one knows, all we can do is wait..............

MetallicPenguin
Jul 17, 2004, 09:56 AM
The third world war would have broken out, most of humanity was wiped, and to survive, we create a drug which restrains all human emotions, we will have destroyed all forms of art and literature. That's from Equilibrium if you haven't seen it.

I think I'll be relaxing, prolly retired. I think Apple will be running the world. Seriously.

Mancunian
Jul 17, 2004, 10:38 AM
We will all have quantum computers

stoid
Jul 17, 2004, 11:00 AM
2050 will be a slow year following a HUGE 2049 that sees the release of a version of Windows that doesn't suck major ass since Gates and Balmer had left the company 2 years previous because the comapany has slipped to a 3.4 percent market share. The PowerBook G5 will finally see the light of day. Apple will have debuted their new 63" Widescreen 2xHD monitor with 17.8 Megapixels that requires your PowerMac to have 3 PCI-4X slots of graphics cards to run.


Also, the iPod mini will finally become fully and easily available. :D

MacRy
Jul 17, 2004, 11:46 AM
Meals in pill form!

musicpyrite
Jul 17, 2004, 01:37 PM
Basically not much different from today. Sure we'll have faster cheaper computers, possibly less dependance on oil for cars.
We'll still have desease, we'll still have wars, we'll still have death.
Nothing much different.

Or the world will go into nuclear war, and we all die.

or, god forbid, everything on Apple.com will actually be readily avaliable, and easy to obtain.

Doctor Q
Jul 17, 2004, 02:19 PM
Where's my flying car? Do I have to wait for 2050?

jimjiminyjim
Jul 17, 2004, 02:26 PM
By 2050, we will have slowed our burning desire to be consumers 24/7. Computers will be used more for day to day needs than for day to day addiction feeding - must... get... to... macru...mors.... NOW!!!

Doctor Q
Jul 17, 2004, 02:48 PM
On the first day of 2050, Mr. Anderson will have exactly 298,721 posts at MacRumors. It's a mathematical certainty. ;)

Phat_Pat
Jul 17, 2004, 02:51 PM
I'll Be 64... just old enough to by a senor citizan home :p

AmigoMac
Jul 17, 2004, 02:51 PM
I can't wait to have my copy of Mac OS C ... I remember a guy at the beginning of the millennium who wanted to see this ... oh yeahh! :rolleyes: :p :D ;)

... BTW, how about those threads... "iMac G1000, buy now or wait?" ... :eek:

jefhatfield
Jul 18, 2004, 12:15 AM
In 2050, where will you be and where will Apple be?

I would be an old webdesigner, and the web will be considered "old-school".

I think Apple will be the leader in everything computer related. G40's will be insane and... Mac-A-Holics and freshies, help me out here...

Cheers,
bnkr


ideally, apple will own microsoft...i will still be alive at 87, and the G40 will be on the market

most likely apple will not be around or in the unlikely event that they are, sony, ibm, or microsoft will own them...i will be dead...and the G40, that will be some model of a kawasaki rockebike ;)

Mechcozmo
Jul 18, 2004, 01:39 AM
I think, everyone will be dead. It is easier to image things that way. Dosn't matter how.

Cept, of cource, me. I shall stay alive by burning old wintels. Then I shall talk to my computer for company.....hey wait, I do that already. :)

theimacguy
Jul 18, 2004, 09:58 AM
It will be like 1984, man. Ya know wha I'm sayin? :D

MontgomeryBurns
Jul 18, 2004, 05:41 PM
It will be exactly the same, except TV's will have larger screens and take up less space, cars will be rounder, and popular color schemes will be slightly different.

wdlove
Jul 18, 2004, 06:56 PM
Sadly I know that I won't be around in 2050. I'm just excitedly looking forward to what Apple will introduce during my useful lifetime.

What would you predict for my by 2025 DoctorQ?

davecuse
Jul 18, 2004, 07:41 PM
Nanotech my dear Watson, Nanotech.................
...
Course one thing that would have to happen, is society changing in many ways. Living 300 years +, being able to be augmented, etc.

I think we're going to view an 80 year life expectancy sort of the way we look at how cave men lived. I believe that if we begin to live for 300+ years (which is very conceivable) society would be forced to change, because NO ONE is going to be stuck in a cubicle for 40 hours a week for 300 years. We will spend a vastly increased amount of time educating ourselves, and in doing so we will begin to realize the error in a lot of our current philosophy.

Robotics will see a major surge, and they will begin to take over the menial tasks of our society while we are allowed to further our mental capacities. These robotic task forces will take over farming and constructions duties, making it possible to provide food and housing at no cost to everyone.

Capatalism will no longer be needed, as nanobots will be able to construct anything you want from your garbage at no cost.

I'm very excited for what the future has in store, I just hope that we have a president in office with some vision of the long term.

Mr. Anderson
Jul 18, 2004, 08:04 PM
I think we're going to view an 80 year life expectancy sort of the way we look at how cave men lived. I believe that if we begin to live for 300+ years (which is very conceivable) society would be forced to change, because NO ONE is going to be stuck in a cubicle for 40 hours a week for 300 years. We will spend a vastly increased amount of time educating ourselves, and in doing so we will begin to realize the error in a lot of our current philosophy.

Robotics will see a major surge, and they will begin to take over the menial tasks of our society while we are allowed to further our mental capacities. These robotic task forces will take over farming and constructions duties, making it possible to provide food and housing at no cost to everyone.

Capatalism will no longer be needed, as nanobots will be able to construct anything you want from your garbage at no cost.

I'm very excited for what the future has in store, I just hope that we have a president in office with some vision of the long term.

Great picture there - but never missunderestimate human nature (sorry, had to put that in there). So many people are quick to single out Bush as a problem *now* - yet in 46 years we might see him in a different light. I don't want to degrade this discussion by getting involved in politics, so if someone wants to do another thread on politics in 2050, start it in the Politics Forum.

As a great example of history's ability to *adjust* people's opinions - look at Wodrow Wilson - his face is on the Dime, there is a huge bridge named after him - yet he was the President to segregate the US Government during his term in office. That's a huge step backward, yet its not even a part of today's concerns.

As for technology and lifestyle in 2050 - Its anyones guess as to what it will be like. Computers as we know then, if left to develop, probably won't resemble anything we'd recognize today. You won't be buying a G40 - like above, if nanotech works out, computers will most likely be a part of us, in our blood and cells. Upgrades will be like a flu shot :D

D

MacUser1
Jul 18, 2004, 08:34 PM
As a great example of history's ability to *adjust* people's opinions - look at Wodrow Wilson - his face is on the Dime...
unless i'm missing something, that's Roosevelt on the dime.

cubist
Jul 18, 2004, 09:23 PM
Microsoft will be pretty much gone by 2011... Excel and Xbox were their last products, but the integrated spreadsheet and word processor called "Paper" replaced Excel, and Sony finally developed a game console that worked well and didn't lock people into proprietary formats.

By 2020 the computer world is pretty much running a unified operating system made up of pieces of Linux, BSD and Solaris. Unfortunately large chunks of it are tightly controlled DRM modules. High-bandwidth Internet service is available almost everywhere; cable TV and landline phones are almost nonexistent.

By 2030, high-bandwidth internet service is the only game in town, and it's becoming more expensive as the reconstructed Bell System tightens the screws.

Since it is the intrinsic function of monopolies to inhibit progress, nothing much changes until 2045.

In 2045, a new hobby is developing: people are wiring up processor chips and boards and writing their own operating systems and programs. These programs make no use of DRM modules. People are having fun with using them to control radio-controlled model airplanes and other silly things. Nobody takes much notice. Two entrepreneurs get together to sell kits out of their garage...

Don't panic
Jul 18, 2004, 09:28 PM
As a great example of history's ability to *adjust* people's opinions - look at Wodrow Wilson - his face is on the Dime, ...


ah-ha!!!
NOW I know the secret of you infinite posts, Mr. Anderson!
You are a time traveller, visiting from alternate universes!
Soooooo????? Do WE have 90% market share where you come from?


(on a more venial note, if you don't mind, could you send me a bag of those Wilson's Dimes? I'll give you a quarter each, plus shipping and handling ;) )

Mr. Anderson
Jul 18, 2004, 10:02 PM
unless i'm missing something, that's Roosevelt on the dime.

oops, sorry, your right.

I used to live right near the Wilson Bridge in DC and I would go over it frequently enough and they have a huge profile of him in on the tower there in the shape of a coin. For some reason that always stuck as a dime.... :D

However, the $100,000 dollar bill - if you ever see one, will have a picture of Wilson and that's the largest denomination in the US currency. :p

D

trebblekicked
Jul 18, 2004, 10:32 PM
However, the $100,000 dollar bill - if you ever see one, will have a picture of Wilson and that's the largest denomination in the US currency. :p

D

by 2050, you'd need two of 'em to buy an almond latte at starbucks (including tip, of course).

obeygiant
Jul 18, 2004, 10:56 PM
by 2050, you'd need two of 'em to buy an almond latte at starbucks (including tip, of course).


I,robot was set in 2054 (I think)
and that movie has a pretty good vision of the future.

Counterfit
Jul 18, 2004, 11:07 PM
In 2050, Michael Schumacher will finally retire from F1 and let Rubens win a championship :p

_bnkr612
Jul 18, 2004, 11:16 PM
I,robot was set in 2054 (I think)
and that movie has a pretty good vision of the future.

It was 2035, Will's character would probably have been born in 2000.

ravenvii
Jul 19, 2004, 12:36 AM
In 2050, somewhere on the moon someone posts to MacRumors complaining that his village on the moon have yet to get SuperBand internet and he's stuck with 10 MBps internet. Oh woe be him!

homerjward
Jul 19, 2004, 02:07 AM
i think 2050'll suck. lotsa hype, but nothin'll happen. the unix clock stops in 2038 (the only thing i know about unix) so mac os l wont run, 'cept then it'll be a derivitive of windows ce so itll run but crash and power a bmw. which means ppl'll think that it'll take 12 years for mainframe crashes to cause the rapture so everyone'll think the world will end in 2050. but seriously, it'll still cost 1000-2000 dollars for an average computer, but that same amount will buy you lunch at burger king, which wil have bought mcdonalds and enslaved mcdonalds workers in burger king's private potato fields. corporate monoplolies will be all the rage and the computer industry will be run by steve jobs who will control all the companies but no matter what you buy apple will get the profit. sony will have been closed down by ralph nader (our 44th president) in 2004 because they SUCK! except ps2 o' course. our phones will stream video, but just porn, and also have 22mp cameras and we'll have movie quality cinema displays that are imax size. well still have desktops but theyll be limited in smallness by the requisite ports. i think about the size of a usb 6 port hub but laptops will be the size of a small flip phone but with a 21" screen by the means described in a hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy but with a 109410234803914 eb hard drive that cooks food, does your homework for you, builds houses and that's just the hard drive. all cars will be MINIs and beige leather will be mandatory. punk rock will be outlawed and all those practicing it will be stoned to death (the non-fun way) and the un will rule the world successfully. ill be 64, there wil be 256mb processors and ill be president of the soho anarchy club :D joke:D

jefhatfield
Jul 19, 2004, 09:58 AM
i thought of this as a progression, as it relates to apple in

...right now in 2004, macs are around three percent of all computers being sold...stock is down...in a few months bush will retain the white house

2008, with the economy in shambles, the gop will still rally, with an old and very out of touch dick cheney, and win one more time since america will not be ready for a female president (hilary clinton)

2012, with the economy at its worst since the great depression, there will be a great backlash against the republicans (who have always been nice to bill gates and microsoft) and the democrats will have a 20 year run...like they did with roosevelt and truman and many ecnomic reforms will ensue including the splitting of microsoft

2033, with microsoft greatly weakened, apple inc will slowly step up and control a larger market share and for the first time since the late 1970s and early 1980s, they will (over the next ten years) run the market share the way the once had

by 2050, apple will completely rule the computer hardware (which will more resemble pda devices but have the power of today's supercomputer) and computer software market and offer their products at the best price...as has been the trend this century, a lot of work in high tech will be ported overseas, but apple will pay very well, regardless of where the employee is...and along with other companies, many in high tech, there will cease to be a third world or starvation

with bill gates and microsoft ridding the world of AIDS, hepatitis and almost every disease known to man, apple inc will contribute greatly in world food production and sustainability

a retired steve jobs will get obsessed with physical fitness and become the next jack lalane and be a fit 95 year old and help make america thin again

a hundred years from now, the big leaders of high tech will be seen as businessmen turned humanitarians much the way andrew carnegie was in an earlier time ;)

MongoTheGeek
Jul 19, 2004, 10:36 AM
I used to live right near the Wilson Bridge in DC and I would go over it frequently enough and they have a huge profile of him in on the tower there in the shape of a coin. For some reason that always stuck as a dime.... :D


I am not sure that naming that abomination after him is an honor or not. :)

Thats like having a STD named after you or perhaps some form of wartime atrocity. ("Yeah, did you see how they Woodrowed that guy in Abu Graib")

History tends to kind to people. Clinton will be remembered fondly. W will be as well. There are people who hate each and people who love each. In 100 years they will probably both be relegated to one of those guys in the middle.

No one remembers that Wilson is responsible for WWII(indirectly, but he might as well have handed Germany to Hitler). Almost no one remembers the atrocities that Andrew Jackson is responsible for. And who but TMBG fans know who James K Polk was...

Mechcozmo
Jul 19, 2004, 03:00 PM
Apple will make a cereal called "Apple-O's" which bear a resemblence to the G5 chips of old.

Microsoft will try the same thing, but it will get soggy in milk, dry and crusty without milk, and you need to have a 5 1/2" bowl to use. Anything else and it crashes your stomach.

OR

The military will replace the Apple IIs controling the nuclear missiles (at a point in time, they WERE controled by Apple IIs) with Longhorn. Longhorn has a secirty feature called "unathorized entry" and soon, the world ends.
Hey, it could be worse...aliens could come and...oh wait, that happened in 2038, my bad.

frescies
Jul 19, 2004, 05:21 PM
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