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[Scientific American] 12 Events That Will Change Everything

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What dramatic new events are in store for humanity? Here we contemplate 12 possibilities and rate their likelihood of happening by 2050. Some will no doubt bring to mind long-standing dystopian visions: extinction-causing asteroid collisions, war-waging intelligent machines, Frankenstein’s monster. Yet the best thinking today suggests that many events will not unfold as expected. In fact, a scenario could be seen as sobering and disappointing to one person and curious and uplifting to another. One thing is certain: they all have the power to forever reshape how we think about ourselves and how we live our lives.
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I don't know about you guys but I found this pretty interesting.
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It's Scientific American, if it isn't interesting, I'll be a monkey's uncle.
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Something tells me that you stumble(d)upon this.

Very cool indeed.
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Is there an article somewhere that you don't need a subscription to access?
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Will we ever be able to harness fusion energy? The thing about synthetic life almost scares me.
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Is there an article somewhere that you don't need a subscription to access?
I don't think there is.
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"Yet the best thinking today suggests that many events will not unfold as expected." Ehhhhhh....huh?
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I found the one about earth quakes interesting. It said that a large Pacific earthquake was almost certain. Lo and behold, Japan.
    
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The complete understanding of Telomeres will be the biggest thing humanity will achieve IMHO.
We are close to preventing aging, and even reversing it. some say within the next 10 years.

Think this is not possible, there are many animals that don't age, Crocodiles never age, it just gets bigger and needs more food to survive, or it gets killed.


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