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As of tomorrow I'll have spent 53 years walking the Earth. OK… maybe make that 52.3 years walking, and 0.7 years crawling… Looking back over that time now I see a number of dramatic changes in how us humans live our day-to-day lives. For example, when I was born:

- Smoking was everywhere, from airplane interiors to hospitals to the neighborhood breakfast bar. And its negative health effects were not widely acknowledged.
- The typical family had a working father and stay-at-home mother. Society and economics was geared to support that lifestyle.
- Gays were well-closeted and few dared to peek out. Those who did were often openly shunned.
- Conditions like ADD/ADHD and Aspergers and many others were undiagnosed and even bipolar disorder seemed less that understood by most.
- Most houses had a single telephone (though some people illegally added another independently purchased phone off their single land line).
- Most homes had a single TV – B&W and not usually larger than 20". You had access to three networks, which went off air about midnight.
- Computers were huge devices, used almost exclusively by scientist and engineers. And of course there was no internet.
- No American had flown in orbit.
- All regular global communications went through wire as experimental communication satellites were just being tested.
- Cars had no seatbelts and just AM radios.
- There were no microwave ovens… or listing of nutritional content or even ingredients on food packaging.
- The American south was well segregated and laws remained on the books in many states criminalizing interracial marriage.
- The average life expectancy for an American was age 69.
- CPR just came into being.
- There was no consumer level way to enjoy video recording or playback. If you missed a film at the theater, you just had to hope you'd get to see an "edited for television" version broadcast some day... or find a 16mm copy and projector.
- We had no clear views of any planetary surface besides the Moon. And nothing had ever visited that far. And we had not even visited the deepest point in Earth's oceans.

1960s living room by erkucrunk <da:thumb id="288793044"/>

I could go on, but it's clear a lot's gone down in half a century that has made us live very different lives today. So my question to you all is what do you see as probable changes in human existence between now and 2060? Will the visions of transhumanism and nanotechnology change us in dramatic ways – especially when driven by the carrot of even more accessible social communications? Will genetic engineering start to redefine us as species? Just how will society and science change the way we live our daily lives?

There's so many ways this could go… but as the unchanging character of the male business dress shirt shows us, sometimes though we CAN change, we choose not to. So – your thoughts?

One thing that doesn't change is that this is the point where I try to flaunt new DA art by others that you may not have noticed! Dive in!

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fmilluminati Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Copyright, patent, and IP trolling will have destroyed every innovation, every idea, collapsed the free market, and stopped all scientific and technological progress of humanity.  Humans will live in a stagnant society with a decreasing quality of life, dominated largely by a few corrupt companies who own and control a globalist, out of control, American government.  
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BigTallDude Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013

Hmm, the future...

 

Technologically, the work of the Indian researchers(1) to modify phytoplankton to create hydrocarbons will bear fruit, probably after being purchased by a major corporation that is already involved in the energy sector.  With good marketing & distribution, homes across the world will be equipped with solar panels that produce fuel for increasingly efficient cars.  This will of course be then superceded by safe Hydrogen storage, allowing for HFC power plants to be made accessible to the public, knocking the internal combustion engine on the head in most situations.  Computers will continue to advance, though a truly concious AI will not be arriving - not due to lack of hardware, but rather because nobody knows how to code for self-awareness & all it entails.  As the frequencies continue to fill-up, signal degredation will increase, so wired links may experience a resurgence of popularity for things that don't move about much or are important to have the best signal quality.  Manned space exploration will be set back decades by accidents in commercial space ventures such as the plans to move asteroids to earth for mining, but space-tech in general will continue to advance with cheap micro-probes being launched in salvos toward stuff(2) to be studied.  With the multiple signals returning from these probes, each giving different but overlapping readings, the data gained after processing would be vastly superior to that of sending one big probe - & if a few of the micro-probes fail it wouldn't be the end of the mission.  While the tech to clone & edit human DNA will be more widespread, it's use for any purpose other than removal of disease from the gene-pool will be highly regulated.  Militaries will ignore this regulation, probably with disasterous results(3).

 

Socially, corporations will not rule the planet, because they have governmnets to do that under their orders.  There will have been a false-flag WMD terrorist attack at some point, which will have been used as an excuse to tighten security laws, that will  then be uncovered & the scapegoats made responsible will be removed from power, leaving those really responsible in an unchanged position of power.  Environmnetally, the aforementioned work of Shilpi et al, along with constantly improving efficiencies of tech & widespread use of recycling techniques will hold off environmental change just enough so that those in power can ignore it or just make token efforts to combat it & still win votes, get people to buy their goods, etc.

 

Sorry about the cynical tone of some of my entry, hardly a nice thing to be reading on your birthday (happy birthday, by the way).  Still, you gotta take the rough with the smooth.

 

1    Shilpi S. et al, 2010, PROSPECTS OF DIATOMS AS THIRD GENERATION BIOFUEL

2    Yes, I know "stuff" is a bit vague, but since you could put any kind of sensors on the probes, you could study so wide a range of things that it's the only term that fits.

3    KAAAAAAAAAAHN!

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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, I kinda think the 2060s will be dominated by whatever it will be that the  A. I.s want to do....
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Deltigar Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
In the 2060s? Probably still learning how to tie their shoes and take over the internet. After that the fun starts. I have always thought that the biggest threat to us would be not if they considered us a threat, or an enemy... but if they considered us pets, and collectibles.
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Masazaki Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome to the 53 Club, ya old fart. We were born during the EISENHOWER administration!!!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
"Ike Was My Co-Pilot!"...

...for four and a half months. My Dad brought his newborn boy to a Kennedy rally in town that Fall, so I may have been one of those cliched infants kissed by a (famous) politician in a photo op ;p
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Masazaki Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, sure, only "four and half months." Right. That's like saying, "I wasn't a Nazi; I just joined the Hitler Jugend to meet girls."
E-I-S-E-N-H-O-W-E-R : Poodle skirts, tailfins, and McCarthyism. Own it!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If we could take the best things from today, like the net and greater tolerance of those not quite the same as ourselves and combine it with the best things of yesteryear like low unemployment, lack of big companies trying to rule the world, not too mention lack of shitting all over our planet then I think that would be awesome.
That's what I'd like to see in 2060 :)
But I think the movie Elysium is going to be pretty accurate :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure I buy into Elysium's stark future... but it's a good allegorical tale for the future of Haves and Have-Nots. Clearly that's what we're up against now.
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tressilian Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013

Happy Birthday

 

Tressilian

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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh - THANKS!
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Arcas, if you take a look at human history you'll see that about every 50 years things changed drastically from the previous generation.  Go back 50 years more, and you'll see what I mean.

Funny, you and I are only about 4 years apart!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, I'm sure. But I think some of the things that have come on the stage in our lifetime have been "profoundly transformative" - primarily the Internet.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!

 Am one year older than you apparently, so all of this journal really matches up with my observation too.

Did you practice to duck and cover in school? We did for my first year, then it mysteriously disappeared.

What I remember is about the same. For some reason, it really felt back then that we were all closer together. Even with just one phone and vacuum tube television. We had no FB or twitter but somehow we knew what everyone on our city block was doing, and more about the neighborhood. Today, I know crap about what my neighbors are doing and am okay with it, no biggie. I do know whats going on in remote villages and outposts around the world. I can read blogs from McMurdo and Amundsen Scott plus onboard the ISS, but the guy across the street apparently moved out last week and I missed it!

Where are we going with the future and technology? I honestly don't know, and I sometimes snicker at those who think that they do know.

Suffice it to say that it may be really fascinating when it happens.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I didn't practice Duck and Cover, but we did have a test of the air raid sirens every Saturday at Noon.

I know what you mean about feeling closer back then. Maybe it's because we had so little in the way of solitary distractions that we just naturally engaged, face-to-face. These days it seems people barely know their neighbors.
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy B-Day from across the pond. Cheers! :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, my friend!!! :D
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Lespion1944 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Indeed.  Being somewhat older than 53 you can take out everything about TV, and being Canadian the segregation was less obvious. 
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am of the opinion of Edith Keeler.  "Now, I don't pretend to tell you how to find happiness and love, when every day is a struggle to survive. But I do insist that you do survive, because the days and the years ahead are worth living for! One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energy -- maybe even the atom. Energy that could ultimately hurl men to other worlds in some sort of spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world, and to cure their diseases. They'll be able to find a way to give each man hope and a common future. And those are the days worth living for."  sniff,sniff...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I too hope she's right.
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pyrosthenes Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
It's so weird.  I was born a year and a half after you, so we're both old guys, but I was born in the space age and you're almost a dinosaur!  ;)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well technically the space age started with the launch of Sputnik in '57... nyah-nyah! ;p
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Before I get into your question... Im 47 and I like to look at the wondrous things that have happened that we've been able to experience just because of where we are in history... just a few:

We saw Halley's Comet (won't be back until 2061)
We saw the Hale-Bopp comet (won't be back until 4534)
We saw the Shoemaker-Levy-9 comet hitting Jupiter
We've sent probes to the surfaces of other planets
We've discovered planets in other solar systems
We've seen the beginnings of civilian space programs
We've discovered life down in the deepest parts of the ocean where we thought none could exist.
We've discovered cave systems large enough to hold the Empire State Building and/or could fly 747s down their tunnels.
We've seen the Berlin Wall go away
We've seen medical advancements galore... artificial limbs controlled by thought and synthetic organs.
Mail-order bacon

(By the way... an interesting bit o' trivia... the first microwave was sold in 1947 as the "Radar Range" (as microwaves were discovered during the Army's radar systems development))

As for the future... I'm sure it'll be even wackier than we expect, but a few things come to mind... 

I think virtual reality will be everywhere and invasive... can see virtual jobs and schools where you go to work or classs by staying home and driving your avatar around a virtual building

Hopefully there will be a thought shifts along with technology so real advancements can be made and seeing it as a new opportunity rather than holding it back to keep hanging on to existing traditions... retooling to new energies, etc., finally getting us some flying cars...

We really need airships to come back.  Nuff said.

Recent advancements in exoskeletons to help cripples walk again and the military versions for heavy lifting may mean we begin to see various beginnings of power suit technology.  Heavy lifters, walker assists, etc...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think I still own one of those 1947 radar ranges.... it's indestructible! ;p
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.  I'm a '66 baby myself but I seem to remember one of those in the kitchen during my early days :)
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Casperium Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Have a Happy Birthday tomorrow. I am 6 years older than you and experienced the same things growing up. As to what the future holds for 2060 I don't know. I would like to think we would have done more space exploration, found cures for a lot of diseases, and haven't wiped ourselves out or caused the extinction of our spaceship Earth.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
All good aspirations for our future! So I hope you're prognostication is correct :D
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Slaves to our Insectoid Overloads ofcourse! :shrug:
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Honestly? I'm not even gonna try speculating. So much changes so fast, and life is so unpredictable that you can't forcast what the future's gonna be like. Tons of sci-fi writers try to do it all the time, and 99.9% of them never get even *close* to what the future's like when that year actually rolls around.

In the 1960s they predicted bases on the Moon and Mars, and food pills, and all the rest of that stuff. None of it happened, and they utterly failed to see our current communications-obsessed culture with its wi-fi and cell phones and iPads and so on.

50 years from now? Who knows?
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Happy birthday!
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday :la:
2060 ? Good question... I think we will be closer to cyberpunk I'm afraid. It is possible that the gulf stream stop and lead to a major change in Europe, in consequence large movements of population and possible war. I see more and more the possibility of a new cold war between US and China.
The vast majority of the human population will live in very large towns with a very large difference between rich and poor, probably even larger than today.
Communication technology will continue to change the world and will probably replace cars as sign of social success, in fact it's already the case in some area today. I'm note sure that we will see cyber eyes and cyber limbs in the street, I think nanotech and genetics will solve this kind of problems.
Robots can also be a major change, armies and security services will be full of robots, but I'm not sure that they will be available to everyone for a simple reason : it seems far too easy to make of them very efficient weapons. Or if this append we will see security systems almost everywhere.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is kind of frightening that DARPA is now getting serious into AI research. Seems like we'll see more and more Terminators in our future...
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well they are testing flying drones and autonomous laser system to destroy them... We are on the good path I think...
Now we just need something to pack more energy in a very small volume :p
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Fobok Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Despite the predictions, I think humans are going to figure out a solution to global warming before everybody is dead. We may have to darken our own skies to save ourselves, but we will survive.I believe this close call, however, will inspire humans to spread out. I can see colonies on the moon, Mars, and more in the works by 2060.

Closer to home, I think our lives will be much more digital. Computers will be controlled by brainwave, allowing devices we can't even conceive of now.

Some things will stay the same, however. We'll still watch movies, and play video games, even if the means to do so are different. There'll still be crime, and there still be the struggle trying to find the balance between stopping it and preserving the rights of the innocent.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
"The more things change, the more they stay the same." ;)
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, well, I'ma gonna ignore the question and wish you a happy birthday. :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'll take it! ;)
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I see genetics becoming increasingly important not just in health, but in cosmetics. We'll soon be able to custom-design body parts like eyes and such to better match what we conceive as true outward beauty, and with surgical robots on the rise it would probably be cheaper to schedule that kind of surgery as well, making such a decision less life-altering than it would be today. Potential social issues with that would be similar to breast implants being considered "fake," but the fact that it's subtle would make the deception feel bigger than it actually is.

I think we'll be seeing more ubiquitous robots enter our lives as well. Household servants would be good for things like getting the mail, taking out the trash, etc. But I would think that this would exacerbate an already big problem of obesity in America and other civilized nations (though certainly it's worse here than in other parts of the world).
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Another part of that whole scenario is the rise of AIs and where that will lead.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Indeed. As machines become smarter and more capable, will we lose our ability to do things on our own? The internet has created a culture where people are dependent on the knowledge found in Google in order to get their facts, when in the past it was required that a person actually know things. Will we one day have so many AI devices that we no longer need or even be capable of thinking or doing things on our own?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'd like to think that Google and the internet gives us an opportunity to expand out knowledge base... but certainly I can see where some folks would just let the discovered facts go in one ear and out the other.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Yep. Actually, I think one day we might see direct access to the internet through cybernetic implants. It would probably lead to the nation with such technology being the most intelligent race(s) to walk the planet, and create a vulnerability in that our minds would be connected to machinery which is vulnerable to EMP and viruses. I doubt a computer virus could screw up the human brain, with its adaptability and the fact that the "software" is wired directly into the "hardware", but it would eliminate a lot of people's ability to function if they were suddenly cut off from it. People grow dependent on that kind of technology.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm pretty sure we'll see some manner of direct neural connections to computers.. and maybe during our lifetime. One interesting exploration of the technology can be found here - good books!!
www.amazon.com/Nexus-Ramez-Naa…
www.amazon.com/Crux-Ramez-Naam…
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Thanks for the recommendation! Those sound great! :D I'll check 'em out. :)
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Deltigar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013

Here are my predictions:

 

There will be a human colony on the Moon and mining of He3 will have begun. This will be a joint Chinese / Indian venture.

 

Broadcast television will have finally stopped. Thousands of entertainment channels and viewing options will flood consumers with options. While a few will still go viral and become huge financial success stories, these will tend to be kitten video collections, while real quality entertainment will find it harder to find an audience. Startup shows will take a long time to grow a loyal audience, but as they do, the ability to keep selling previous episodes along side current ones means new viewers will be able to catch up, and as ratings rise, overall revenues will rise as well.

 

A joint mission to Mars will have been accomplished by a consortium of world governments. Probably sent to rescue a mars colony established by commercial reality TV folks.

 

Someone, somewhere, will have been breeding dogs that are smarter and smarter. In about 50 years, dogs as smart as teenagers prove especially troublesome.

 

Despite troubling warning signs and exclamations of imminent collapse, the United States of America will still exist, and have a robust economy.

 

After the death of President Putin, the Russian Federation endures a string of dictators until a new revolution takes place. After shedding more territory, the remaining Russia will emerge as a real democracy.

 

The European Union, in response to the situation in Russia, finally adopts a constitution, creating a federal system of government with shared sovereignty among the member states.

 

From the standpoint of half a century, the slow moving democratic reforms taking place in China will almost be noticeable by the world at large, but will benefit billions of Chinese in their everyday life.

 

The African Union will begin making moves to transform into a more unified government in a similar manner to the EU. They will have a much harder time of it than Europe did.

 

The South American Union will have overtaken both the AU and the EU in solidarity, with most of the world looking at it as a United States of South America.

 

In Canada, the Northwest territories will get a better name, and Nunavut will become a province.

 

After the death of Kim Jong-Un, China will negotiate a trade and mutual protection treaty with South Korea, and allow the DPRK to be merged back into Korea. This will probably be accomplished with more than a little deception and a dramatic betrayal of the northern leadership. However once the dust settles, North Koreans will express their undying love for the Chinese.

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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I say let those reality TV clowns stew in their own juices! ;p
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Deltigar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
With over 100,000 applicants, it looks to be an interesting show. While I kind of doubt they will make it to Mars, nothing is impossible.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I don't care, so long as we've got colonies on Mars by then.
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fmilluminati Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I second this.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
But would you want yourself genetically modified to live on Mars?
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