The progression of the human race

yoinkie (@yoinkie) 9 years, 8 months ago

Sometimes I like to just sit and ponder what the next big thing could be. This usually doesn’t work out too well, I start to ponder the needs of society and how I could create something to fill that need…but in the end I just end up inventing something thats already been invented. Its crazy to think how society viewed what the future would be, in movies like Blade Runner and the likes. Most people thought by now we would have flying cars and robots who do our work(well, that part isnt so far off). But something always comes along that no one has previously thought of, and blows everyone away. The Dvd, CD, Internet, Laptop, Cellphone, etc. What do you think the next big thing will be? And before you go, take a look at this quote and tell me what emotions it evokes in you:

“The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

May 24, 2012 at 10:24 am
Alicia Lee (146) (@aliwine) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@yoinkie, A nutrition releasing system that is planted in your stomach- never eat again.

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Brendan Barstow (182)C (@eyesopen) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@aliwine, Imagine the freedom! If there were something comparable for water as well, we could be liberated from the needs of the primal man! Unchained from the obsessive gnawing thought of satiety and satisfaction, we could truly focus on what’s important to us!

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Damasias (21) (@nan0fire) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Interesting quote, it evokes a sense of limitation in my mind. About your societal ideas, I have those too. I feel like inventing something new could contribute to mankind, or supporting ideas of others. A thing I think about too sometimes is this: are we really going forward as a society, or are we actually just standing still and is progress just illusion. A solution creates new problems too. I’ve gone back to a razor whose shape and function date back to the 1920’s. It works fine, arguably better than all the ‘improvements’ there have been over the years. Creating new inventions is something I’d reallly love to do, and have some ideas, but in the back of my mind there is also this motive called money that makes me not want to share too much. I think that’s stupid of me. What i’d really like is to have a topic here on HE where everyone can present their ideas and other can then BUILD on that. (not only criticize). What do you think of that idea? Will it work to create a thinktank here on HE?
PS: what are your ideas on making our society better?, Have you watched things from the zeitgeist movement (except for movie #1)

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SpiralOut (52) (@spiralout1) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Read Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku, He’s interviewed over 300 scientists currently working on the next breakthroughs in technology, all prototypes that we will see actually released into the market. He splits it up between next 25, 50, and 100 years.

Expect to see things such as a computer interface on the surface of contact lenses, Portable MRI’s, exoskeletal suits (Iron Man), and time travel

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SpiralOut (52) (@spiralout1) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Ok I made the last one up

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yoinkie (1,498)C (@yoinkie) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@aliwine, Do you believe, if someone was close to perfecting this for human use, mega corporations that produce food would stand by and let it happen? Mcdonalds, KFC, Safeway, hell hundreds if not thousands of businesses would do whatever it takes to prevent this from happening. We would be looking at a near economic collapse, because so much of our GDP relies of consumer spending on foods. No more farmers, no more restaurants, no more of many things. Two ways to look at this: would you be in favor of this new pill knowing the downfalls that come with it? And do you think answering the previous question “no” means that you arent a good person?

I’ve heard through the grapevine(cant really comment on its validity) that a pharmacuetical company In Quebec, Canada that discovered a potential cure for cancer, but was immediately shut down and disbanded. You can’t cure cancer, its too good for business. Same reason that tobacco and alcohol are legal(and encouraged), while marijuana remains illegal(don’t forget hemp could replace cotton).

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Thanks for reminding me to watch Blade Runner, finally. Also, there are a lot of “cures for cancer”. There are even machines which can detect the frequencies in your voice, to inspect if you are sick. There are probably a lot of other things that aren’t “officially approved” to be selled*. And there are other problems behind that. The truth is, there isn’t any progression of the human race.

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TEDMoseby (8) (@redpuck26) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@spiralout1, Check out this blog covers everything on the cutting edge of technology of the future. http://singularityhub.com/

Also, to everyone I would watch this TED Talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BltRufe5kkI

It’s all about how we are living at the frontier of an entirely new paradigm. We are leaving the age of scarcity behind and entering one in which our basic needs will be rendered abundant through technology.

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daveb (119) (@daveb) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@redpuck26, that’s my kind of TED talk, thanks for sharing. It was a slip of the tongue but I love the word “prejicted” as a combination of projected and predicted.

cold fusion would be one of “those things” that completely changes our existence, a horizon beyond which I can’t imagine. it is a long way off based on current technology, but breakthroughs are never really anticipated.

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Anonymous (170) (@) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Nano Nerological Networking Device. Technological Telepathy.

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Anonymous (170) (@) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

The Technological Singularity is THE big event on the Horizon.

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Anonymous (170) (@) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@beyond, I think he is refering to Technological progression which is a vector.

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Damasias (21) (@nan0fire) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

There is a serious engineer wanting to build the USS Enterprise http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/ Prove him wrong

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