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Life In The Future
A Not Too Serious Look at New Inventions,
Future Problems, and the Need
to Choose Our Future.

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here comes The Future

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copyright©2001 by Brian M. Brown
The latest revisions on October 20, 2014.
First posted to alittlehistory.com on Jan. 10, 2001. This file is
part of alittlehistory.com which looks at western Canadian history. It
compliments westerntour.com which contains photographs of western
Canada and youtube videos at westernvideo and nicechoice4u.
Posted from Calgary, Ab, Canada.

 

 

 

 

Inventions

 

In 2010 They Created Synthetic Life.
The new goal: to replace the entire petrochemical industry.

We can now receive a digital gene in an email, then put it through a biological converter which creates an analogue, synthetic gene that can then be inserted into a living organism. Within one second, that organism changes its protein and membranes in response to the inserted gene. In the future, they hope to boot up more synthetic life, it will be a biological revolution.

They are developing a Synthetic Organ Designer, computer software which will allow a person to custom design bootable organisms. In other words, you can get the appropriate gene in an email which you can then put through your personal converter box. The box will produce your our own drugs, vaccines, and antibiotics (if there is a new superbug, an antibiotic can be created in 48 hours). The dream is that you will also be able to produce your own fuel: hydrogen, octane, deisel fuel, or methane. Oil spills will eventually be cleaned up using new strains of algae which will be designed to just eat it up.

Craig Venter, the leader of the group that created the first synthetic life, expects to find living organisms on Mars. If the organisms can be easily mined, then, after receiving an email from earth, they can use a Digital Biological converter to produce whatever they want. They won't have to fly a dining table up there, they will simply make one.

 

 

The latest Mars rover has uncovered more signs that there may be life on Mars:

 

The Curiosity rover on Mars uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake that may have teemed with tiny organisms. When the lake dried up microbes could have migrated underground. However they still don't know if there is currently life on Mars.
  -   from CTV news.ca - Alicia Chang, The Associated Press - Published Monday, December 9, 2013.

If they can find microbes on Mars, then the first people on Mars can set up a computer and a little box, and start creating synthetic life. They can create new materials and new forms, and build a colony.

the Mars
rover photo
from NASA -  (184 kb).
This photo from NASA.

A self-portrait taken on Mars by the NASA rover Curiosity
which is in Gale Crater. (AP / NASA).

 

 

Flying Cars Everywhere:
(we are talking about earth now)

Car Trains and The Google
Driverless Car:

We now trust a car to park by itself and cars can drive themselves, so within a decade, many will trust their new car to fly, and to automatically take them to their selected destination. In the past, they did build flying vehicles but the driver needed to be highly skilled and have a pilot's licence, so it never took off. Soon, for those who prefer the scenic route, technology will be able to do the flying and landing for them.

There is an extra advantage to the driverless car. For a long trip, your driverless car can hook up with a train of cars. One engine can pull 50 cars, so the trip will be at 1/4 the cost. Your trip will be done with minimum pollution, and your car can recharge during the trip. An alternative is to have actual high speed trains with car carriers, so you can ride on a train and get there faster. As you arrive at a new city, your car can unhook, or be unloaded. So you will be free to go whereever you want. When this happens, maybe in 2020, it will be a major boom for tourism.

 

 

 

Using Nanobots to produce
factories of the future:

To the right is a nano church which is 1/1000 the width of a human hair. The printing of this church used a laser beam that was focused by mirrors onto a liquid resin which was hardened into this three-dimensional model.

It will soon become practical and affordable to print intricate nano-scale structures for use in microscopic machinery and medical applications. For medical purposes 3D scaffolds will give cells a structure to stick to, so custom-made living tissues can be constructed from cells. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) in an article by Tom Espiner, ZDNet UK, 13 March, 2012 17:21
In 2013, it is reported that they are working on the 3D printing of human organs. NBC News.com (2/20/13) The Bionic Eye: electrodes are implanted next to the retina. Then, the brain gradually learns to interpret the electrodes, so a blind person can gradually gain some sight. [RT television (www.rt.com) ].

a nano church which 
is 1/1000 the width of
 a human hair (75  kb).
A Nano Church (It is 1/1000 the width of a human hair.).
Photograph by Vienna University of Technology.

 

 

 

"Finally, Superman Vision."

See through objects:

At the University of Texas in Dallas a small microchip was tuned into the "terahertz" band of the electromagnetic spectrum. So the microchip is able to detect terahertz waves and turn them into images which can be viewed on a smartphone. Currently they are limiting the distance of their experiment to 10 centimeters or less due to privacy issues. From April 21, 2012 Calgary Herald, page A18; article by Agence France-Presse San Francisco.

 

 

 

Using 3D printing to print a wide variety of things:
Huge advances are now being made with 3D printing in a lot of areas.
These videos are at youtube:

  • the house and soon the skyscraper (2:30 min. April 2014).
  • a car that runs (43 sec. Sept. 2014).
  • human body parts: the hand, skull, kidney, skin grafts,
    and prosthetic eyes, nose and ears. (3:38 min. May 2014).

 

 

 

[These next two items are designed for your BS detector.]
 

The Robotic Surgical Photocopy Machine:

By 2020 they will cut down on both healthcare costs and human errors by creating robotic surgeons. The robotic surgeon will work on demand, using perfect information, do a perfect job, and have a perfect record. Operations will cost far less because they will no longer need tests, labs, or an actual surgeon. Plus, operations will be faster because the robotic surgeon will work with eight hands instead of two. It will be quick; it will be amazing.

Using a computer chip instead of x-rays, ultrasound, etc.:
First they will implant a computer microchip into every major part of everybody's body. The chips will contain all the details needed to care for that part of the body: details that will be continually updated by the body. (All cells have a natural tendency to want to live so they will be easily trained to adopt an update-the-chip mentality.) No tests will be required. The chip will always contain perfect information which ensures a perfect operation. Once the microchips are implanted you will be good-to-go.

How the operation works:
Since people tend to ignore bad symptoms, a buzzer will be installed. It will sound with the first hint of a symptom, so people will know when to drop everything and run off to get an operation. Maybe on a Monday morning, after a rough weekend, your liver will be in rough shape. The buzzer will sound: it's transplant time.

First, scan the appropriate computer chip. There is nothing complicated about this, you will scan it in the same way you scan groceries at the grocery store. If you selected the wrong chip, not a problem. Just plug more money into the machine, and no doubt you will have better luck with your second operation. After the scan, the robot does everything automatically. When you get it right, the success rate will be 100%.

Buying an operation from a multi-purpose photocopier:
For convenience, the robotic surgeon will be attached to a multi-purpose photocopier at your local office store. Next to it will be a sink (so you can wash the problem area), and a recliner (so you can pause and regroup). On the opposite side of the photocopier will be the stands (so the crowds can have a good view without getting in the way).

So after your photocopying is complete, select liver transplant, plug in your money (make sure you pay for it all, so it doesn't stop when it's half done), scan the right chip, jump up onto the photocopy machine, and lay flat exactly 1/4" from the edge. Don't wiggle !   Don't text !   Stop talking !   There is absolutely no chance of human error, so you won't be shaking, you will be completely relaxed. The multi-purpose photocopier will command the eight arms of the surgeon to cut, yank, and paste. That's all there is to it. It'll be quick. You'll be amazed. It will be done to perfection. The beauty of it all is the robotic surgeon will be built without ears, so it won't get distracted or make errors when you scream in pain or cry out for help.

 

Genetic Engineering:
Eventually, genetic engineering will allow us to create the perfect human. It will be hard to get used to. Parents will order a baby who will grow up to do a slam dunk or to have a Barbie doll appearance. But after the 2082 winter Olympics, some babies will be created aerodynamic, so they can sail like ski jumpers. Soon, powerful little motors will be added so they can fly, and a new fad will really take off. Billions of slam dunkers will jump for joy, while billions of Barbie dollers will become totally depressed.

Also, genetic engineering will allow us to mix plants and animals. So, should we allow a female researcher to cross a man with a tree? She would then have something much more stable and dependable, and he wouldn't run around as much. But who would want to be a tree?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Problems

 

 

          Global warming will have a HUGE impact on our future:

The bad news:
The story of the decade (as of 2013) should be that Arctic sea ice volume has been collapsing much faster than sea ice area. Many experts now say that "if recent volume trends continue we will see a “near ice-free Arctic in summer” within a decade." written by Joe Romm at thinkprogress.org   Feb 14, 2013
Also, in Obama's State of the Union address, he noted that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15," and that almost every year there is major damage from extreme weather. We also need to be aware that as the Arctic ice melts, the warming will speed up. Also, as permafrost areas warm and melt, there is increasing release of gas, and this also warms the atmosphere. So global warming will be speeding up. Luckily, extreme weather is giving wake-up calls to almost everybody. It is helping us face reality.

The good news:
Obama is already responding to these problems. China is also responding to extreme air pollution. One-fifth of China's soil is contaminated, so they must deal with it. It is becoming obvious that many of the adjustments needed can stimulate our economies.

There are many myths about global warming. Opinions tend to be polarized. The answers on the Internet are hidden in a hodgepodge of poorly done and confusing web sites. If you have heard a myth, refer to skeptical science. It offers easy to find and understand answers. Also, try the following two websites from The United States: Environmental Protection Agency or The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

satellite photograph of ice
(A NASA satellite photograph taken September 16, 2012.)
Record low Arctic sea ice.

 
The record low for Arctic ice was in 2007 when it was 29%
But in 2012, the record low became 23%.

 

April 28, 2014: I highly recommend this video.
It states and discusses
the latest IPCC report on global warming.

Our predicament is becoming more obvious.

 

 

An Epidemic of Obesity:
(A Worldwide Phenomenon)

The statistics show that obesity has become a major problem. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and 34 percent are obese.
(The Associated Press, January 14, 2010)

It isn't fair to blame 2 out of 3 people for having a lack of will power. Research shows that long-term weight loss is almost impossible (only 5% succeed). We hear when people lose weight, but that is only temporary. They don't say anything when they eventually gain it back. Also, this link discusses the global epidemic, the trends towards obesity.

 

It is true that people need more exercise, but that is a smaller part of the problem. People need to be given a choice. Convenient foods which are not addicting need to be made available. I recommend the 2013 book by Michael Moss (a Pulitzer Prize winner) called Salt Sugar Fat.

The food industry uses a variety of strategies to get us to buy food that makes us fat. They know that competition is stiff, so it is hard to increase market share by 3%. It is much more effective if they increase profits by 100% on a customer by making them fat, so this has to be part of their strategy. (My assumption here is that if their customer becomes overweight, they will tend to spend twice as much on food compared to someone who is slim.)

Being overweight has had a staggering impact on our lifestyle; and it effects our health. How can any nation claim to be strong when it is full of round and wobbly people?

 

 

From Couch Potatoes to Blobs:

After television became popular we soon had the couch potato. Since then, things have become worse due to irresistible packaged food, fast food, and junk food. Our preferred activity has become sitting: sitting in front of the TV or computer. Even children prefer to sit rather than to play. So obesity and its complications have become a major problem, and some of us will become not much more than a blob.

There is currently a battle going on which will determine the future shape of the human race.

The food industry (that wants people to be fat) is up against the fashion industry (that wants people to be skinny) and the porn industry (that wants people to be lumpy). At this time, it is easy to see that the food industry is going to be the clear winner.

If you sense that for you it could get worse, you might have a hard battle to change your lifestyle, to change your eating and shopping habits. Avoid reaching the point where you need to go to the hospital, and the only way to get there is to use a forklift to hoist you and your bed onto a flatbed truck. [this happened in Kansas in Oct. '09]   Obviously, there are better ways to enjoy life.

Many people fail to realize that the human body not only needs food, but it needs movement. More and more scientific studies are proving that regular movement (EG. exercise (which can be free and enjoyable) ) can be as beneficial as some drugs (which can be expensive, with negative side effects and a negative long term impact).

If you are one of the many who avoid exercise, why not turn on some music and have some fun? It can be painless. Also, try choosing the kind of movement you enjoy, then use a program (or an activity computer game) that helps you become fit.

 

Consumers need to realize that many corporations put profits before people.
It is easy to find repulsive behavior to complain about when it comes
to the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry.

Consumer action groups need to ensure there are proper regulations in place.
The average person needs to be given a chance to work and achieve their goals.
They need a chance to become perky people, fit as a fiddle, tickled pink to be living
a hunky dory life - in our complex and uncertain world?

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing With Future Wars:

Both sides need to develop a mindset of compromise. Although both sides will find giving in to be an irritating, disturbing process, they need to face reality, and then get serious about dealing with their emotions. It is their extreme emotions that are the problem. Things need to be fair for both sides. After that, instead of continuing to suffer with the painful damage that comes with a lose lose situation, they can enjoy the wide ranging benefits of a win win situation.

 

It is tragic that the world has so many extremists of all types. Some extremists create their own set of beliefs. Even though those beliefs are based on flawed information, are irrational, emotional, and potentially destructive, many times, history has shown that millions of people are willing to ignore common sense and share their emotions. When they all feel the same, they sense they must be right; so they follow their leaders like sheep. They don't care how the real world works or what the facts are because deep in their heart they know they have the answer.

 

Bringing Sanity to the World:

By 2020, it will be widely accepted that quality schools, pre-schools, and daycares have an extremely important role to play in the future of our world. We need to recognize that some parents are psychotic, some have been damaged by drugs, some were damaged by war, and some are simply totally incompetent. Some parents were raised with abuse, so the parenting that comes natural to them is abusive. (I continue to be amazed at how self centered some people are. They fail to realize that some people have major weaknesses.)

So daycare workers will be given the added role (after a little additional training) of monitoring and influencing parents, to prevent abuse and neglect. They are in the best position to ensure that children in ALL families are emotionally healthy, so they don't grow up to become another Hitler, a fanatical leader, a mass murderer, an abuser, a bully, an addict, or a mental patient.

We need to keep in mind that changing the bad behavior of a child is far easier and far less costly than attempting to change the behavior of a damaged adult. Damaged adults cause problems wherever they go, require increased policing, jails, judicial system use, mental hospitals, treatment programs, etc. All of this costs "Big Bucks" and gets limited results. [Just one year in jail can cost over $100,000 per inmate.]

George W. Bush should have spent time in a quality daycare. That is where he could have learned how to respect other children, especially those who are younger, weaker, and not as well developed. When George was 4 years old, he could have learned how to respond to a 3 year old who whacks him over the head from behind, then runs and hides. A quality daycare could have taught him how to use common sense, and how to be a good person.   While they were at it, they could have also taught George how to not leave behind a big mess.

It isn't fair to condemn the United States. They did elect a new leader 6 years ago and have put some sanity into their foreign policy. The United States has begun to use restraint, to avoid conflicts when it can, and is now working with most of the world's nations in an attempt to be constructive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing Our Future Life

 

 

People can now choose information from a wide variety of sources. So we have the power to choose what we feed our minds; so we can build our own reality. We can choose to live a healthier life, to enjoy life more; or we can choose things that cause damage.

So as today's world quickly changes, we need to make reasonable choices about what kind of life we want to live. Keep in mind that if we don't decide, it will be decided for us. We will find ourselves doing things we don't really enjoy, things that harm our health, things that shorten our lives, or things with unexpected future consequences.

 

walking into the 
downtown Calgary core - 32 kb

In your journey through life, how do you
want to travel?

What kind of road do you want
to travel on?

 

 

Better Ways To Enjoy the Future

Examples of Fun Activities

 

ready for 
a long 
scenic 37 km
 journey

Taking a journey
on inline skates.

14 different 
folk dances 
(performed at 
the 2007 Edmonton 
Heritage Festival.)

A variety of folk dances.

ice skating 
in the late 
afternoon

Ice skating.

This guy tries to hang
 his bike on
 the lift cable

This guy tries to hang his bike on the lift cable.

Running downhill
through the bushes.

Bikers follow a path
through the bushes.

an intense
heavy duty 
water fight.  (346 kb). .

These rafts are engaged in war.

a group on an inner tube

A group riding an inner tube.

running into each 
other for 
absolutely no 
reason at all

Running into each other.
Enjoying team sports.

To comments and photos of these activities (includes links to videos). How do you think
they compare to taking drugs, or the excessive use of video games and television?

 

 

 

"To Heaven And Back Trilogy"

View one of these quirky videos
and you can enjoy some light humor
while meeting the author. He plays
an eccentric old man.
 
A New Beginning (Part 1 of 3)
The old man bungles into a relationship
with his latest Teddy Bear.
Video is
4 min. 10 sec. at  
youtube.com
Click here to view this
4 min. 10 sec. video.
 
To Heaven And Back (Part 2 of 3)
The old man knows how to get to heaven,
so that's what he does.
Use this link to
view in new window
 at youtube.com
Click here to view this
4 min. 40 sec. video.
 
The Final Solution (Part 3 of 3)
When the Teddy Bear becomes difficult,
the old man takes action.
5 min. 10 sec.
video opens into 
a new window
at youtube.com
Click here to view this
5 min. 10 sec. video
in a new window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:   The factual content in this file came from a variety
of television and print sources; some of it from the Canadian
magazine Maclean's: Aug. 21, 2000 and Aug. 20, 2001 issues, from
articles on the future written mostly by Chris Wood, and more recently,
in addition to a variety of print sources, I have drawn from Canadian
television, CNN, BBC, RT, and PBS (including Charlie Rose).

There are a lot of experts who know far more than
myself, so ideally they should be the ones running this
website. Unfortunately, they are aware that probable flaws
like misconceptions, biases, and misunderstandings will be
delivered by a simple presentation that simplifies a variety
of problems. Complex problems have complex solutions.

However, in our complex and busy world, my impression is that a
file like this has practical value. It can help the reader gain awareness,
knowledge, and insights, and aid in assembling opinions. So when I chose
to begin this project, it was because it needed to be done, and I had the time;
it was not because I'm packed with knowledge, insight, and education. [Here
is my unique, personal background.] My suspicion was that after
extensive mulling and many rewrites, then things which made sense
would emerge. So, please don't take anything here as the plain
truth or a final solution to complex problems; but
rather work with it, and turn it into
something constructive.

 

A view of the Internet:
Click on the map above, and as you
stand on the WORLD STAGE, you will have
an amazing view of the audience, of the
locations of the people who have
recently visited this Web site.

 

 

 

 

 

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