Although the bold future discussed in many of my articles does not generate overwhelming support from the masses, the many scientists, writers, and interested people who do buy into much of this future believe that it has an excellent chance of becoming reality as we wind further into this century.
At a recent Transvision conference in Chicago, actor William Shatner spoke of how many of the far out technologies in his Star Trek series have moved from science fiction to science fact.
Recently, former NATO commander Wesley Clark said he believed that humanity would one day break the faster-than-light speed barrier, allowing practical travel times to distant stars in the galaxy.
As molecular nanotechnology, quantum computing, and strong artificial intelligence mature, which many experts predict will happen over the next four-to-five decades, human life could change beyond our wildest dreams.
Those of us (knock on wood) who survive into the last half of this century will wonder how we ever lived through our early 21st century struggles.
Our future selves, with increasing amounts of biology replaced by ‘nanomaterials’, could be as different from our 2013 selves as we are from our cave dweller ancestors.
Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” He surely must have had our 21st Century future in mind.
Think positive about this bold future, discuss it with your friends every chance you get, and one day it just might become your future.
Dick Pelletier was a weekly columnist who wrote about future science and technologies for numerous publications. He passed away on July 22, 2014.
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