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  1. Little_Sam at |

    I am sorry, but number 3 and number 4 are almost identical. Please try to think of a different number 4.

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    1. Steve at |

      Wow. Constipated English teachers UNITE!

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    2. Diogenes Mota at |

      Well, in my humble opinion, space exploration demands means of knowing about different places over our Universe, being possible to be implemented through different means, not only tripulated missions. On the other hand, space travel is, to the most semantic meaning of traveling, to travel through the Cosmos.

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  2. Zach Gillette at |

    Even though average life expectancy has increased, maximum age hasn’t.

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  3. Shaun at |

    Space exploration is a very perplexing concept. Many people seem to have the same belief that time and technological innovation/expansion are proportional, and as more years pass – more technological advancements will come to fruition. Historically, this has been accurate. But, we are rapidly approaching the apex of this trend. At a certain point, things will level off because there will be no more room for improvement.

    Bringing me to my point of future space exploration. To make any significant progress or travel, it seems almost 100% necessary to accomplish faster-than-light (FTL) speed. This is something long thought to be impossible, a stance which has been tested and still upheld by research at the large haldron collider, Even if physical outer space FTL travel were possible with some new kind of fusion power or propulsion system, it would be rendered impractical & useless without guidance. How can you safely travel faster than the speed of light without the ability to steer? This process couldn’t be manually done – humans can’t operate and react quick enough. It also couldn’t be automated – computers and processing (although I can’t speak to quantum computing) can only process and transfer data as fast as the speed of light (an issue we’re realizing now with demand for faster internet and computing speeds, there’s not much room for improvement).. Traveling at near or beyond light speed would be too dangerous because there would be no way to detect or avoid a collision. We can barely even detect objects that will impact the earth – a relatively stationary object!

    This is the only reason I doubt that significant gains are possible in the realm of manned space exploration. Voyager 1 currently travels at about 36,000 miles per hour. The speed of light is about 671 million miles per hour. That is an incredibly large gap to make up. Anything even remotely close or beyond 1 light year away from Earth will likely never be visited while humans still exist. Even nuclear pulse propulsion would take about 360 years to reach Proxima Centauri.

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  4. Dennis at |

    The world won’t be here in a thousand years. I doubt it lasts another 10 years. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t believe I am.And no,I’m not one of those predictors.But you would have to be blind to not see how fast this world is decaying,morally and otherwise. And it’s demise is accelerating at a faster pace everyday.

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    1. Cory at |

      Information communication technology is increasing accountibality. I bet the world is a lot more moral than you would think. As the world becomes more and more informed, enlightened, and overall wise, people will develope a beautiful understanding of community and morality that will be embraced and practiced throughout an ageless society. Or it won’t, I haven’t seen the future. I have, however, seen the past, and it would appear that what people put their energy into anticipating is what occurs… So don’t jinx us Dennis! The glass isn’t just half full, it is overflowing with reasons to be optimistic.

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  5. Filip at |

    a complaint regarding no 1…. LDL is the bad cholesterol that needs to be lowered (destroyed), not HDL. HDL is actually the good guy in fighting atherosclerosis. thought that needed to be pointed out, it could cause confusion

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  6. Jon at |

    What an amazing list! It really fires up the imagination as to what the future will be like. Moreover I also contemplated the reverse i.e what people 1000 years ago thought what 2012 would be like. I was truly shocked by the life expectancy within the 1800s of around 45 years!! Nowadays people are able to live a lot longer as a result of modern medicine.

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  7. Jesse at |

    make this page a drinking game, every time you read the word “technological” or “science fiction” take a drink. haha you’ll be drunk before u finish reading.

    In 1000 years (if humanity even exists) there will be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than 14 billion. the more people the faster we populate. no way in a thousand years we wont even be 3 times more than we are now. it will be more like 50 billion+ (not taking into account of new rules or regulations that haven’t yet been created to kill the population) like if uve ever seen the movie “In Time” everyone lives forever but only the people that can afford it. that’s how they keep the population down. Also on that note if uve ever seen it people wont want to live forever. death is a part of life, like ying is to yang.

    another thing.. Einstein designed a machine that creates artificial gravity in space so our body’s wont deteriorate. Whats the point in messing with our DNA to try an alter it when we have a simple machine that would work the same? get your facts down (or watch “a space odyssey”) before posting articles about space.

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  8. David at |

    This is NOT a list of ten views of the future. It is a list of ten aspects of a single techno-enthusiast masturbatory fantasy. All hail technology, it will solve all our problems (except for the one that really counts, and that’s that we can’t figure out how to get along with each other).

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    1. Dan Holland at |

      I agree.

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  9. Rachael Watts at |

    Amazing this post! I do believe that there is another planet and there are civilization on that planet to whom we call aliens. I love to read this article about future of this earth, technology. Hey! tell me one thing do you really think we can contact aliens? If I could meet them :( … I like your website and always I read new updated article which you shared with us. Believe me your website is superb, love it.

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  10. asdfg at |

    But will the future blend?

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  11. A Lenart at |

    If this had been about the next 100 years, all right, I can accept some of these predictions. In a 1000 years? We’re talking a time span equal to that from (roughly) William the Conqueror or the first crusade until the present day. Thinks of the technological advancements over that time – it’s just too much to even begin to describe.

    In a 1000 years, we might be immortal, have mastered time travel and teleportation, faster-than-light travel etc etc. Remember, we went from patenting the first lightbulb to Mars Rovers in 150 years or so.

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  12. Dan Holland at |

    I dont believe alot of the above predictions I seriously doubt humanity will exist for long enough. Our end will appear from space in the form of a huge rock.
    Sadly our greed and self destructive ways will be our down fall.

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  13. Dennis at |

    Death will never be obsolete and there are no aliens to contact. Get used to it. You’re leaving this earth one day,pal. You may be a hundred years old, and I hope you are, but you’re going.

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    1. Veronica at |

      I don’t see death as ever being osbolute. Even IF we could prolong life to 200 years, an accident would eventually get us all (statistics catch up). We all will die and we fantasize about all kinds of things to avoid the human questions of life.

      Technology will reach an apex era as there are only so mnay things to improve on. We need to work on our human problems first or we wont need any technology in the future.

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  14. Vie at |

    I love this idea of imagining life and technology in 1000 years. I think computers will be something we can access anywhere without an actual carrying device; we’ll be able to put our finger in the air and pull down a screeen of options. I would love to see a blog on this idea where people can just run with this idea. Ideas…

    good article and well written.

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  15. David Crowe at |

    The only way we will ever be able to soar around space is to be able to go at the speed of light. I hope someday that a brilliant young scientist can come up with a solution that will make Einstien’s theory of E=mc2 wrong. I believe that the CERN project is not for chasing protons and atoms around in a circle to see what the big bang is but to try to figure out a way to travel faster than the speed of light. CERN is a conspiracy theory. I am 66, I hope it happens in my life time.

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  16. Carolyn Nessen at |

    How do you think space travel will be done 1000years from now?

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