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  1. Little_Sam
    Little_Sam at |

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

    1. Steve
      Steve at |

      Wow. Constipated English teachers UNITE!

    2. Diogenes Mota
      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.

    3. qgrdg
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      “exploring” Antarctica is considerably different than “traveling” around your State/province.

  2. Zach Gillette
    Zach Gillette at |

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

  3. Shaun
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    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.

    1. Tristan
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      I think it is fair to make a couple of points on this:
      Firstly, We have not yet had the technological leap in energy management that we have had in information. The last 100 years is a measure of the potential for very large leaps in technology. taking the numbers above for the speed of light relative to the speed of the Voyager 1 as an example, Voyager 1 uses the same understanding of energy that we had 100 years ago. No great leap was utilised to get it to space or to accelerate it to 36K/mph. In contrast the difference between the rate of data processing 100 years ago and today is truly staggering. If one BIT of data was instead 1km/h well then we would have achieved speed of light travel. The downside to this is that we don’t know when if if such a breakthrough will occur – we can only keep trying.
      On a second point – Christopher Columbus did not know when he set out across the Atlantic, that he would not simply sail of the edge of the world – many thought he could. He had no destination, no map and ever posibility of grounding, hitting sea ice, or for anybody at that time knew – sailing of the edge.
      I don’t expect to see light speed travel in my lifetime – but I do expect to see heroic and slightly nuts humans sailing into the black-yonder without a map or compass, never to return.

  4. Dennis
    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.

    1. Cory
      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.

      1. Tristan
        Tristan at |

        I completely agree with you Cory.
        Most people don’t really do their research well enough, or as I read recently- “History is written by the top 1% while everyone else is doing the work”. At no other time in history would humans leave their homestead unsecure for days at a time in the sure knowledge that everything will be there when they return. Increasingly petty crime rates around the world are dropping. I cannot speculate as to why but I choose to believe that it is as you suggest.
        The other refreshing thing I read lately was to this effect;
        “Stop worrying about unsustainable systems, whether that is capitalism, oil consumption or anything else, unsustainable systems by their very nature, eradicate themselves.”
        Stop thinking that there is an overarching innate morality to existance – there is not. Make your own morality – if it is sustainable, then you will at some point find yourself among like-minded people. You need not do anything about the ‘others’.

    2. Steve
      Steve at |

      3 years after your comment…so only 7 more years to go!

  5. Filip
    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

  6. Jon
    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.

  7. Jesse
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    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.

  8. David
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    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).

    1. Dan Holland
      Dan Holland at |

      I agree.

  9. Rachael Watts
    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.

  10. asdfg
    asdfg at |

    But will the future blend?

  11. A Lenart
    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.

  12. Dan Holland
    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.

    1. Craig
      Craig at |

      “Our end will appear from space” and “our greed and self-destructive ways will be our downfall” So a greedy person will drag a giant asteroid to earth to mine it for minerals and in the process destroy us all? I think you win for the least thought out comment ever posted on this page and that is quite an accomplishment.

  13. Dennis
    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.

    1. Veronica
      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.

  14. Vie
    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.

  15. David Crowe
    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.

    1. Tristan
      Tristan at |

      LOL – David, I sure like you comment here, CERN is certainly not a conspiracy theory, But you are right about it’s objectives. Understanding the Big Bang is fundamental to our understanding the path of matter and energy ever since, and hence a roadmap to the manipulation of matter and energy. It is entirely likely that one of the many open and transparent peer reviewed research documents that are released from CERN regularly will indeed lead to information about faster than light travel. And I hope you see that in your life. Live well David!

  16. Carolyn Nessen
    Carolyn Nessen at |

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

  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    why does an article dated today have comments from 2 years ago?

    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      We repost older articles when we add videos, on occasion. Now you get to see older lists that now have the bonus of being made into a video.

  18. Dennis S
    Dennis S at |

    A thousand years from now some Bush and some Clinton will still be running for office.

  19. martine
    martine at |

    the first one[#10]made me laugh. a possible Relationship with the aliens.the children being born are more and more technologically advanced,so much more Advanced than previous generations. they do live in their own world.

  20. Mark
    Mark at |

    Our knowledge has been compounded for years, we have come this far just from gathering knowledge from books and teachers starting at an age of around 5, only learning during the hours we are in school all the way up through college with years of homework and some life lessons or knowledge from our family, friends, and or mentors. Now we’re living in a time when curious children are born in a world where they have access to all the knowledge in the world put together at their fingertips from an iphone at any given time of day for how ever long their curious minds will continue typing in a Google search and how many different links they click within their search. it’s amazing to me to think about. and it’s unsettling to think of what some may do or not do with this amazing privilege. So with that said I truly believe that in the next 10-15 years- technological advances and so much more will start to grow at an exponential rate, which leaves everything in the realm of science fiction- possible. And to me it’s extremely exciting. I’m glad to be young enough to sit on the sidelines and watch how far we go from here. Cheers to knowledge! But to be realistic, a thousand years from now is so far away it’s almost impossible to predict. Who knows everything said in this article could happen even sooner then 1000yrs, and when we reach 3015 the human race may be way more ahead then any of our little minds could even imagine! Great article.

  21. Pat Flaherty
    Pat Flaherty at |

    Really??? This list has already been posted twice. I hope you aren’t running out of ideas!! Other Top 10 Websites have multiple new lists every day. Its disappointing!

    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      This is an editorial issue. It will not happen again. Sorry for this. We have plenty of articles ready to be published. The editor was sick and didn’t have time to publish the new list. We reposted the first time to showcase the video.

  22. KLD
    KLD at |

    The Lord will bring forth Armageddon way before we destroy ourselves. The end is nigh!!!

    Just kidding. I’m actually Agnostic and don’t even believe in God. Besides, we humans can destroy ourselves just fine, thank you. If this doesn’t happen with gradually laying waste to the planet or nukes, etc., overpopulation will surely kill both the planet and the human parasite that lives on her. 14 billion in 1000 years? I seriously doubt it. Population growth has gone from the first billion in 1800 or so to over 7 billion in just 135 years. This growth will not last but will not just double in the next 1000 years. If you add in the growing life expectancy due to medical advances, we are truly screwed as a race. 14 billion? Don’t make me laugh.

  23. Mel Lanza
    Mel Lanza at |

    That was truly bizarre! Ray this, Ray that, and Ray supposes. Can you find no one else but Ray to ask???

  24. Darth patton
    Darth patton at |

    Who in the hell wants to live in this sh#+ hole forever, jeez

  25. drguru
    drguru at |

    Total world population in 1,000 years only 14 billion? The hell?
    Our population doubles every 40 years.
    Try 200-300 billion.

    I think R

  26. Zeeman
    Zeeman at |

    1.Study of nature and humans at submolecular level.
    Studies of How to control season, climate, control of period of earth night and day begins. Studies of How to Teleport humans are university courses

    2. Teleportation of objects and molecular organism achieved

    3. Avatar beings : vision and hearing and other senses of humans are transported or telescoped into Avatar bodies

    4.Ecological disasters stop. Earthquakes, hurricane are controlled to useful energy

    5. Interplanetary world cup. Earth vs mars.

    6.Huge gas reservoir from Jupiter and Saturn are minned by space exploration and mining companies

    7.Space cities ‘elysium’ in geostationary orbit.

    8. Telepathy: computers can read human thought with an interface, Send it to object or human recipient or translate to words or actions.

    9.Yoda abilities; Human Thought and voice or signal are used to operate device

    10. Advert or broadcast in 3D on cloud

    11. Babies are born in artificial womb. Natural birth is rare

    12. The age of methesulah. Mental and brain related illness are cured .Artificial human brain can be simulated and developed. Limbs, leg,arm other organs are produced in the laboratory to replace ailing ones. People living longer, disease are attack on cellular level by molecular robots.

    13. Photosynthetic humans:
    Human no longer depends entirely for plant food. Their skin is modified to be photosynthetic to convert sunlight directly to glucose

    14. Paper, plastic and rubber have disappeared. Crude oil no longer used as fuel. Cement is not used to build homes anymore.

    15. Democracy is dead. Replaced with representatives. No single individual has the presidential or monarchy power.

  27. Ili
    Ili at |

    I have no doubt that humans will figure out how to extend their lives with technology. My thoughts are: 1. What constitutes life, and how much robotics would have to go into this? Would we be humans, or machines? 2. Wouldn’t people get bored or depressed after a while? Unless we have surpassed the need for empathy and emotions, in which case, I would not want to count myself a part of that apathetic, half alive ‘human’ race.


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