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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!

Space X. Concept 01. by Shelest PopMech cover. April 2012. Illustration 02. by Shelest Skydiver11 by RAF-MX StarHawk by RAF-MX Explorer Navy Ship by JJasso SovietRetro40Ultralight by s2ka AKIRA Highway Concept by Hideyoshi The Scream VS Mona Lisa! by antoniodeluca At the Mountains of Madness_Howard Lovecraft by ivany86 FS-140D Mars Defense Fighter by Artraccoon Special Forces by AlexJJessup 090813 by 600v Luke Skywalker bullseyes another womp rat by Robert-Shane Destroyers of 2 Great powers by Waffle0708 Steampunk Boba Fett by Mibu-no-ookami Class I light cruiser by thefirstfleet SKETCHBOOK DRAWING 03 by lora-zombie Plane speedpaint #1 (color) by TurboSolovey ISA Excalibur by rOEN911 '...Boldly Go...' by gazzatrek Skies Over Korea by rOEN911
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  • Reading: &quot;Rendezvous with Rama&quot;
  • Watching: Yamato 2199
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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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