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This article just pertains to what years the readers voted that these scientific and technologic breakthroughs would occur. Worth reading about the ideas, but definitely not fact, yet.
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Holographic displays. Robotic restaurants. Computers that replace doctors, translators and drivers. If it’s proximate science fiction you want, you’ll have it, it seems, at the end of the decade.

Looking at 2020 and beyond, readers imagined a future with cures for intractable diseases, direct links between brain and computer, automated everything, contact with alien life forms, sentient machines and no language barriers.
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2063: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE “A computer program is created that has all the features of human intelligence, including emotion, creativity, the ability to learn and self-awareness.”

D. Moysey of Boston. Readers moved this date 980 times.

2114: MEMORY BACKUP “Human memory backup system: the whole brain can be synced to the cloud. Humans can restore and backup their memories to the system. The system can even restore memories into a new body after end of the original owner’s life.”

Andrew Kuo of Taiwan. Readers moved this date 952 times.

2259: COLLECTIVE LEARNING “Old knowledge will not have to be learned; only new knowledge will need to be created. Learning will become obsolete. All known knowledge will be contained on a supercomputer. Individuals can download all known knowledge pertaining to any subject directly to the brain.”

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post #2 of 42
LOL first reaction to the title..."JUST STICK IT IN MY SKULL!!!!"

Heh, though these are usually good reads I will have to look this over.

I love the older future guesses...i was reading some in the back a book from 1965 a while ago that went through to the year 2000. In 1990 it had the first baby being born on the moon...
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Interesting. They are already researching augmented memory using electronic storage.

I think that the idea of making learning obsolete, or even assuming that human knowledge can be collated and stored is a mistake. Our method of "learning" is probably the most complex beneficial process we undertake.
    
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Looking forward to my reincarnation in the near future!!
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Do not want, Makes life have no RPG element to the game.

Eh?
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i wouldn't mined not going to school any more. having a 1 hour session and downloading everything would be nice, but would be kinda wired working with 10 year old's.
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Funny thing is, I saw an episode of The Simpsons set in the future the other day where they actually did just that
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Well keeping mind that while knowledge would be transferred electronically, upload rates would not change. There is a physical process that happens in the brain when learning anything new. Unless we're all using electronic brains or what have you, you wouldn't learn something instantly, but over time at the same rate you might learn something now, just from a USB stick rather than a teacher. One might buy their children's education at birth on a device that plugs into their kids and they don't have to go to school because they are learning constantly. But there are also quite a few other processes that need to be simulated as well if this kind of process were going to work.
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Originally Posted by WC_EEND View Post

Funny thing is, I saw an episode of The Simpsons set in the future the other day where they actually did just that

Saw that too, it was the first thing I thought of.

...of course Homer got a virus.
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I don't want someone hacking into my brain! Some things are better left untouched tongue.gif
Who doesnt enjoy a pen and paper?
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