The Future of Technology

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  1. Squilly macrumors 68020

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    Think about it. Technology has progressed a huge amount during the past century. Cars (even though that was late 1800's), the beginning of computers, television, etc. Just imagine what it'll be like 100 years from now-in 2113. Time travel, civilized planets, more threats from North Korea :)rolleyes:) unimaginable.
     
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    I tell you what. If we don't have moon cars by 2024, I will be severely disappointed.
     
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    Not happening. There aren't anymore moon missions (by NASA anyways)
     
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    Any future moon missions will be private or Chinese.
     
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    I'm inclined to believe that time travel is a physical impossibility. Time may not even exist outside of the continuously evolving present.

    But yeah, things will certainly change in ways we cannot imagine.
     
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    Technology has fostered change since humans began using tools but the giant leap will be the Singularity, at which point superintelligence ensues.

    So basically, " B-, b-, b-, baby, you just ain't seen na, na, nothin yet!"
     
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    I, Robot!
     
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    Could this be the future of battery technology? Obviously years away and would be expensive when first released, but I'd try to find out who is eventually going to manufacture this and invest now.

    Graphene-based supercapacitors.
     
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    2113? Who cares? We'll all be dead. Let's focus on making the present and immediate future a better place.
     
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    OMG...a sensible and reasonable idea.Where did that come from!:rolleyes::D
     
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    I wouldn't call that a certainty. There is nothing in our genetic code that says we have to die at a certain age. "Natural causes" is usually just one or more organs having deteriorated to the point that they could no longer support them. In the not too distant future we may be able to grow completely new, healthy organs. Ones that are guaranteed compatible.
     
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    Wonder if there are any companies working on it now. Would be great to invest in.
     
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    Nothing? Odd that people would study genetics and aging then.

    http://www.frontiersin.org/genetics_of_aging
     
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    Actually their is, each time a DNA gets copied it gets errors.

    At 1st it's only unimportant/obsolete stuff, but the older you get the more it limits the functionality of the cells.

    AFAIR the max. biologial age is about 120 years. Read if don't get ANY problems before you might reach.

    Some people might have the genetics for a few extra rounds of copying or to replace their cells at a slower rate, but if you want to push it to 150 years or more you'd need something more than just better medicine.
     
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    Other than the inevitability of wear and tear, even on DNA. Replace all the organs and you still have an aging brain. Eliminate disease and we still age. We are asymptotically reaching a maximum human life expectancy probably in the 130-150 age range. You are born with as much life as you'll get (assuming no premature illness or accident) and spend the rest of it making poor choices shortening it.
     
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    Another important thing to keep in mind is this: imagine some technology that would prolong life by years or decades. Then ask yourself, do you really think this technology would be available to you? In other words, how expensive would it be per treatment? What state of health would it prolong you in? How long you continue to earn enough money to fund the treatments?
     
  18. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've thought about that a lot. Crazy.
     
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    Well, 3D printing changes everything, and in less than thirty years I'll be able to print a new functional heart valve at home, rather than the ones printing in the labs today.

    Couple that with the fact that the US system of healthcare will either change or literally bring about the end of the country, and I'd say things are looking a little rosier than the current paradigm allows, which will thankfully be long gone.
     
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    I knew that time outs were a bad idea. Too much time for thinking.

    KGB:rolleyes:
     
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    That makes a huge assumption...:p:D
     
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    Genetic errors are certainly a problem. But the only "source" that has ever claimed that human life is limited to 120 years is the bible.
     
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    Which was written when the life expectancy was 30....

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    They won't be aiming for the moon. Companies like SpaceX are aiming for Mars.
     
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    And what would one do with that new functional heart valve printed at home? swallow it and hope it ends up in the right spot inside? Train the dog in surgery?
     
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    I laughed.

    On a more serious note, I don't think that's the point. Just the possibility of producing such sophisticated, advanced "things", and what will be accomplish-able in time, is simply amazing.
     
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