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  • 1) Climate change. Needs no explanation, I assume.
    2) Robots. Explanation here. Even Paul Krugman is tentatively on board now.
    3) Immortality. Laugh if you want, but it's hardly impossible that sometime in the medium-term future we'll see biomedical breakthroughs that make humans extremely long-lived. What happens then? Who gets the magic treatments? How do we support a population that grows forever? How does an economy of immortals work, anyway?
    4) Bio-weapons. We don't talk about this a whole lot these days, but it's still possible-maybe even likely-that extraordinarily lethal viruses will be fairly easily manufacturable within a couple of decades. If this happens before we figure out how to make extraordinarily effective vaccines and antidotes, this could spell trouble in ways obvious enough to need no explanation.
    5) Energy. All the robots in the world won't do any good if we don't have enough energy to keep them running. And fossil fuels will run out eventually, fracking or not. However, I put this one fifth out of five because we already have pretty good technology for renewable energy, and it's mainly an engineering problem to build it out on a mass scale. Plus you never know. Fusion might become a reality someday.

    I see problem 4 fixing problem 3 for us, maybe even a combination of problem 1 and 4. Problem 2 will be easily fixed with the creation of Mentats.
  • #3

    Imagine a world where we say, "Remember when we used to be able to die to solve our problems?"
  • #3 and #4 cancel each other out. Yay!
  • I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.
  • 1. It's going to change. Deal with it.
    2. Bigger problem: remote control warfare. Already started.
    3. Seriously? I want to laugh.
    4. Yeah, that's a problem And small nuke/dirty bomb proliferation.
    5 Call me in 50 years. It'll probably be long distance. REALLY long distance.
  • hogans: I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.


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  • Immortality will never be available to the masses.

    It will be reserved for people that "deserve" it and politicians.

    Think the 99% Congressional re-election rate is bad? Wait until its 100%. Forever.
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  • mcreadyblue: Immortality will never be available to the masses.

    It will be reserved for people that "deserve" it and politicians.

    Think the 99% Congressional re-election rate is bad? Wait until its 100%. Forever.


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  • Only immortality there is dangerous. I don't think we will become immortal, but if people live over 100 on average, the medical costs needed to keep them alive and/or healthy will be ridiculous, and age creep will kill economies. You need young people to support the old.

    Climate change? It is called technology. If it becomes a real problem (it is not now) we will just decide to fix it, done.
    Robots? Nah.
    Bio-weapons? We have had nukes for 60 years, have they been a problem?
    Energy? Nah. When there is a real need, we will simply decide to make it.
  • Oh, by coming future I thought you meant .... okay, gotcha.
  • Destiny, destiny, there's no escaping Destiny . . .
  • Biggest problem I need to worry about in the coming future? Apparently flying black robots with clamp hands and gigantic robot penis.
  • POPULATION?

    There's already enough people on this blue marble to make it overly-complcated
  • The lack of really hot cheer leaders.
  • Immortality or Zombie Apocalypse? From certain angles, they look alike.
  • 1) Climate change climate won't stop changing it never has
    2) Robots could potentially handle problem 3
    3) immortality> it won't affect you you are not rich enough
    4) other peoples children will make the mistakes of the father
    5) We have sources of endless energy namely geothermal and tidal energy clean and everlasting but instead lets just mine and extract everything and leave future generations toxic holes in the earth everywhere and poison the groundwater as well it's a really good plan
  • Thunderpipes: Only immortality there is dangerous. I don't think we will become immortal, but if people live over 100 on average, the medical costs needed to keep them alive and/or healthy will be ridiculous, and age creep will kill economies. You need young people to support the old.


    I will *never* understand when someone brings up possible immortality, some people associate that with "aging forever and ever".

    Think cell regeneration. *Never* aging. Only dying of non-aging related issues (accidents, uncured diseases). Being 25 years old *physically* forever.

    Sorry, not trying to be a pedantic dick. Try reading some Science Fiction to see some possibilities. I'd recommend "Old Man's War" by Scalzi as a starter.


    /again, sorry - just a pet peeve of mine
  • 2 3 and 5 go together

    2: The robot bodies is what we will upload our minds into
    3: see above

    5: the stupid people become batteries like the matrix
  • i don't know what the hell a mother jones is, but i call bullshiat
  • Where is the Zombie Apocalypse? I've been training for years and they don't consider it one of my biggest problems?

    //Maybe immortality? I'm not sure if that is broad enough topic to cover the details like zombies or not.
    //DNRTFA - I really can't be bothered when there is so little time to prepare before the end of the world.
  • 5: the stupid people become batteries like the matrix

    Will they have a neural stint in place? Yanno, so they can still post in the Politics tab.
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