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Author Topic: Where Science Might Be in 2050  (Read 681 times)

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Offline RobbyR

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Where Science Might Be in 2050
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:27:00 AM »
I think about this a lot I wonder where science will be by the year 2050 I will be 68 years old then if I make it. A Nasa scientist with SETI (search for extra-terrestrial intelligence) recently told Congress that he feels we as a species will detect an extra-terrestrial signal from an advanced species by the year 2030 assuming anyone is out there to detect..he made this assertion due to our increasing listening capacity we now have more capacity than ever before to listen and screen through space noise to detect a possible signal from an alien species. I for one hope we do make contact in my lifetime that would be so exctiting and cool to say nothing of the implications for earth maybe some of the horrendous things happening now on this planet would subside a bit if we knew we weren't alone in the cosmos.

Other potential science developments I'd like to see b mid century are tangible efforts to reduce climate change and help restore wetlands and build flood controls systems like Holland in places that need it like New Orleans and Bangladesh. Global warming is increasing by a huge rate and if nothing is done we could see a climate warmer than it's been in hundreds of thousands of years if major steps aren't taken soon by US, China, India, the biggest polluters.

By 2050 I'd also like to see more advancements in not just preventing disease but curing it altogether.

And I'd love to see a return to space maybe to Mars as long as it would produce real benefits for people on Earth.

Maybe my fantasy of Star Trek with a utopian society is far fetched, but I still have tiny hope that some day humans will learn how to live and work together regardless of sexua orientation and race.

I don't see us developing warp-drive anytime soon but actually Nasa is conducting tests on the idea to see if the idea of negative energy which would be needed for a warp drive system could be feasible in practice. So that's encouraging. Who knows by 2050 maybe someone will have discovered a way to invent warp drive ships. Or at least making space travel accessible for everyone regardless of background.

Lastly, by the year 2050 I hope we figure out a way to get off of fossil fuels for vehicles. It's inevitable, fossil fuels are running out anyway..so alternatives will have to be developed. The last century was the internal combustion engine one, now we'll have to develop reliable and affordable ways for people to get around. Electric perhaps..and maybe relying more on high speed rail or even personal flying vehicles...who knows what will be invented but by 2050 internal combustion engines will be a dying breed due to fossil fuel running out.

I hope some of these ideas come true, if even one does, it will be exciting. And mostly I hope I live until 2050 lol
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Offline Jeff G

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Re: Where Science Might Be in 2050
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2014, 11:35:02 AM »
Its an interesting topic . Stephen Hawking pointed out that he hopes we never make contact with an advanced species or race . Advanced cultures have not been shown to have a positive impact on others races or species when they come together, the likely hood of us encountering a species that wants whats best for our interest is far less likely than the alternative .   

Offline RobbyR

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Re: Where Science Might Be in 2050
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2014, 11:46:53 AM »
You are correct Jeff, Mr. Hawking has stated that we shouldn't be blatantly advertising our presence in the galaxy as a technological species because any advanced aliens out there will probably be far more advanced than us and he thinks (based on human history) that odds are they might be malevolent...He said the risk was that if an advanced alien race detected us (or has already detected us) that the outcome may be like when Columbus encountered the Native Americans..which didn't turn out well for the native americans to say the least..

However the genie is already out of the bottle, it's too late NOT to advertise out presence, because earth has been emitting radio waves into space for the past 80 years or so..so any species within 80 light years would have alread received our transmissions assuming they have a dish.

Personally I don't think there are any intelligent aliens within say 100 light years of us or we'd have already detected them..The nearest one may be very far away, and due to the huge distances between stars, if they are malevolent, unless they have warp ships, it would take them thousands of years to reach us.

But we may still detect an alien radio signal if they are reasonably close, and once we eliminated every other possibility, we could verify where it came from. There was a signal called the Wow! Signal detected in 1977 that's never been found again but was about 200 light years away and is considered by some to be possibly the best andidate for a extra terrestrial signal to date..

But now our listening and receiving capabilities are so much greater, that if there are advanced aliens reasonably close, we should be detecting them in the next few decades. So that's quite exciting.
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Re: Where Science Might Be in 2050
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2014, 11:49:05 AM »
It is very exciting .

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Re: Where Science Might Be in 2050
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2014, 05:15:48 PM »
I think we will have developments to stop cancer cells, without chemo and radiation.  Growing organs.  Possibly being able to replace aging cells, so we age slower.  Spinal cord injuries fixed.  Ability to regrow limbs.  It seems I remember seeing a news report about a man growing back a finger, even now.  Hopefully, treatments to fix mental health issues will be making progress.  The brain is so complex, so I doubt we will have that totally figured out. 

About the aliens-- Yes, we may not like what we find.

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Re: Where Science Might Be in 2050
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2014, 09:05:09 PM »
Where Science Might Be in 2050

in my graveyard?  ::)

Expect more mind control and ''healthy'' GMO foods
and things like that.
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Re: Where Science Might Be in 2050
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2014, 09:50:55 AM »
The second cup off coffee tasting as good as the first.
Oh and my imaginary Valet , Raul , being real and not continually visiting relatives in fashionable Parts off Europe. HA! an Aunt in Milan tish tosh.
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