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Count Zarth
03-18-2011, 06:12 PM
I love this site.

http://futuretimeline.net/

Post interesting entries so that Donger can laugh at them and teedubya can tell us how serious they are.

Currently browsing:

http://futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/2010-2019.htm#end-of-the-world

2013
Iran carries out its first nuclear test

After years of diplomatic stall tactics, Iran confirms its place in the "nuclear club" of countries.

Technology covertly supplied by Russia has allowed it to fulfill its nuclear ambitions. Faced with such a grave potential threat, Israel's economy goes into freefall.

Although the Iranian government repeatedly states its peaceful intentions, the region as a whole now enters a period of instability the likes of which has never been seen before. This nuclear test is viewed in the West as the most significant world event since 9/11.

2015
New Horizons probe arrives at Pluto

The probe was launched in 2006 and has travelled more than 4 billion kilometres through space. It returns the first close range, high resolution pictures of the icy world - along with its three moons - before passing through the Kuiper Belt. It will leave the solar system entirely in 2029.


2016
Laser guns are in naval use

First trialled in 2010, laser weapons are now in use by a number of warships as part of their short-range defence. "Solid state" 32-megawatt beams of directed energy can be fired to a distance of more than two miles, hitting a target moving at over 300mph. This exceptionally accurate system can protect against anti-ship missiles, as well as shooting down drones and other flying vehicles.*


2018
Anti-fat drugs are available

A drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight is now available.* There is enormous demand for this product, which leads to a major drop in obesity levels throughout the developed world - especially in countries like the USA, which until now had been experiencing a crisis in this regard. Average life expectancy is increased as a result, since there are less people dying of heart-related illnesses.


And from the far distant future....

2180
Asteroid terrorism

Rapid civilian expansion into the solar system - and the increasing ease of access to space technology - has led to the emergence of a new and deadly form of terrorism. This involves the sabotage or hijacking of spacecraft, for use in the purposeful redirection of asteroids towards Earth, Mars and the Moon.*

Various colonies in the outer solar system are also being targetted. These are particularly vulnerable, since they tend to lack the orbital infrastructure and defences necessary to deflect these huge incoming objects. At least one major colony around Jupiter is devastated during this time.

In addition to religious extremists, there is a growing anarcho-primitivist movement. This consists of small underground cults opposed to the increasing dominance of AI in the running of world affairs. They deplore what they see as forced, unnatural changes and technologies sweeping humanity - instead favouring a return to more traditional lifestyles and cultures. They are prepared to resort to whatever means necessary to achieve this.

Bwana
03-18-2011, 06:13 PM
Well ok then...........

http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/wow/backtothefuture_backtothefuture.jpg

Hog Farmer
03-18-2011, 06:16 PM
What, nothing about the west being full of muslims and they vote in their own government and implement sharia law and I'll have to hide in my hog farm for survival ?

Count Zarth
03-18-2011, 06:17 PM
It's interesting how positive this site paints the future. Pretty cool.

We'll all be living on Mars by the 2100s

milkman
03-18-2011, 06:18 PM
So, when will phasers hit the market?

Count Zarth
03-18-2011, 06:21 PM
This one's cool.

http://futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/images/renewable-energy-islands-future.jpg

2040
"Energy islands" are appearing in many coastal regions

Many countries are now suffering chronic water shortages due to the effects of climate change and overpopulation. This is a particular problem in developing regions. Higher global temperatures are causing lakes, wells and reservoirs to run dry, even as populations continue to rise.

One strategy being used to alleviate this crisis involves compact, floating "energy islands". These combine offshore power generation with desalination plants. First developed in the 2010s, they are becoming a fairly common sight in tropical coastal areas, where conditions are ideal for ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).

Each island is hexagonal in shape and interlocked with other islands, forming artificial archipelagos. Wind turbines and concentrated solar power are installed on the topsides - while on the undersides, flash-evaporated seawater is used to drive turbine generators, in turn producing drinkable water.*

A single 250-megawatt OTEC plant can meet the energy demands of 250,000 households and provide 600 million litres of drinkable water each day.* Any surplus water can be used to support local agriculture and industry.

These islands also feature housing developments, fish farms, greenhouses and eco-tourism complexes, in addition to the water and power production facilities.*

In the 22nd century, they will evolve into much larger versions - entire "micronations" capable of roaming the seas

Phobia
03-18-2011, 06:22 PM
I'll bet the owner of that site has worn a Bubba Fett costume at some point in the past.

Count Zarth
03-18-2011, 06:24 PM
Is this really feasible?


2059

Mars has a permanent human presence by now

By the end of this decade, a permanent team of scientists is present on Mars. They number around a dozen and comprise a highly international mix of people. Some will be stationed here for so long, they will eventually come to consider it their permanent home.*

The first civilian tourist has also arrived. Travel to Mars was made cheaper, faster and easier thanks to the development of nuclear pulse propulsion. This cut journey times to just a few weeks.*

The base will soon be expanded with new facilities including a larger power plant, mining equipment, nanofabricators, farms and greenhouses.* Vehicles are also being supplied to improve the astronauts' mobility, allowing them to roam hundreds of miles from the base. Additional bases are already being planned, to accomodate larger teams of scientists, as well as corporate interests.

The habitat modules are constructed partially underground, to give protection from the ultraviolet glare of the Sun. Meanwhile, radiation-absorbing materials based on advanced nanotechnology are used in spacesuits, as well as on the exterior of the vehicles. These same materials have special filters to block even the tiniest particles of dust, giving long term protection against the environment outside.

All of the above is providing the critical mass needed for self-sufficiency. Operations will soon be conducted entirely independent of Earth.

In the coming years, the first children will be born on Mars.

http://futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/images/mars-habitat-2050.jpg

Hog Farmer
03-18-2011, 06:25 PM
This one's cool.

http://futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/images/renewable-energy-islands-future.jpg

Doesn't look like those will withstand a Tsunami.

Phobia
03-18-2011, 06:26 PM
[quote]2029
Owner of futuretimeline.net kisses real, live girl.

When his robotic girl suffers a catastrophic circuit meltdown, he is forced to venture outside of his mother's basement to pursue a drunken fat housewife from craigslist.org

Count Zarth
03-18-2011, 06:29 PM
[quote]2029
Owner of futuretimeline.net kisses real, live girl.

When his robotic girl suffers a catastrophic circuit meltdown, he is forced to venture outside of his mother's basement to pursue a drunken fat housewife from craigslist.org

It's all good.


2150
Androids physically indistinguishable from real humans

Androids have been appearing amongst the general populace for many decades already. However, it is by the middle of this century that they achieve a truly lifelike appearance, movement and interaction - making them indistinguishable from real people. Many are now employed in service-based roles.

The typical android of today would appear somewhat calm and subdued, however. They would rarely (if ever) express any strong emotions. Their cognitive abilities would be geared towards hard facts and objective data, rather than subjective views or emotional reasoning.

For this reason, most are regarded as servants at this point in history. However, advances will be made in the coming decades enabling them to replicate even the subtlest of human traits. With androids playing an increasing role in society, a civil rights movement will develop, similar to that which dominated America 200 years earlier.*

Beerthirty
03-19-2011, 05:34 PM
any word on a Chiefs playoff victory?

Count Zarth
03-19-2011, 06:03 PM
any word on a Chiefs playoff victory?

We need to do it before 2068, because Clark Hunt Jr isn't going to shell out for super athletes.

2068

A major landmark in the world of athletics*

At the 2068 Olympics, a major landmark is passed when a black male athlete completes the 100m sprint in less than nine seconds. Improved lifestyles and training techniques - including use of VR for mental enhancement - has seen the world record continue to fall during the last few decades. However, these records will soon be hitting a barrier as it becomes physically impossible for humans to run any faster without the use of biotechnological aids.*

A new breed of "super athlete" emerges, as the authorities begin to legalise certain implants, drugs and muscle-enhancing devices. There is talk of splitting the games into three separate events - the Paralympics for those with disabilities; a "classic" group for natural, unenhanced athletes; and a third "cyber" category for those with biotechnology enhancements.

The Paralympics will eventually disappear altogether as literally all physical and visual disabilities are overcome.

Saulbadguy
03-19-2011, 06:15 PM
teedubya 2011-2030 - "there is going to be some CRAZY shit going down"

KurtCobain
03-19-2011, 06:38 PM
I read a JoPo article that tells me Royals : World Series Champs by 2015.

BillSelfsTrophycase
03-19-2011, 07:16 PM
So, when will phasers hit the market?

Screw that, I want a lightsaber