Interesting question that, but I guess we all have wondered about this question at one time or another. I am no Nostradamus but I'd try and do some crystal ball gazing on this one. Do note that this is just my personal cystal ball gazing, as to how I see the future a 100 years from now!! Some say humans have the 'potential' to foresee the future. Some claim that in concert humans can quite accurately visualize how things would be in the future. It certainly does seem that some humans in the past have dreamt up or visualized the future quite accurately. So, who knows - maybe, just maybe some of the things mentioned here might just be fact (not fiction) in the future!!
The Environment in a 100 Years:
I actually think that the environment would be in a far better place than it is right now. I know it is hard to be optimistic about the environment, seeing how the developed and developing countries are at loggerheads on issues of climate change and how to tackle it. The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is case in point. However, 100 years in the future, I see countries utilizing clean energy (wind energy, solar energy, nuclear energy, perhaps a new, clean, as-of-now unknown energy source) -- as opposed to fossil fuels. The reason for my optimism is that there is just no option before humans other than to switch to cleaner energy sources!! Unlike the naysayers, I believe climate change is a FACT, and sooner or later, the naysayers would come around to this view, especially when they see undeniable proof of climate change in terms of very demonstrable, undeniable, drastically changed weather patterns.
A hundred years into the future, therefore, I see vast expanses of land (all over the world), where wind farming projects have come up providing sustainable renewable energy. I see the vast majority of cars running on water (yes - water indeed), causing no harm at all to the environment. I believe the technology for this doesn't exist as of yet, although I've seen claims of cars running on water. The technology though, I believe, can be developed in the future. I see that the thing called "plastics" is extinct - people are using biodegradable materials instead thereby saving the Earth of the vast quantities of debris that just doesn't go away, whether in our oceans or on our land. I see that there is no such thing as "paper" anymore - people therefore don't cut trees anymore. Not even for building houses - composite, unheard-as-of-yet materials have replaced wood.
I see that air travel 100 years in the future is not via the same fuel-guzzling airplanes we have today. They have given way to alternate-fuelled airplanes, primarily powered by hydrogen-based fuel technology. I see that houses in the future have discarded the conventional heating systems employed by us now. Instead, passive houses have become the standard, which rely on the houses' own generated heat to heat the house, thereby being more environmentally friendly and being energy efficient.
Human Society in a 100 Years:
Things are not quite rosy here. I see that countries still exist (good thing I guess). Borders are still guarded zealously and fought for - via wars when required and when not required in equal measure. I see nations squabbling over water - that preciously scarce resource of the future. I see that terrorists still abound - the Osama Bin Laden types still roam the Earth terrorizing countries and peoples with newer weapons and newer methods of instilling terror. I see that the United States is no longer the sole superpower of the world -- the most powerful country on Earth. I see the most powerful countries dominating the world as being China, India, Brazil and Russia in that order. I see that China and India have become the equivalent of the US and the erstwhile Soviet Union - fighting another Cold War between them and competing for resources and influence around the world.
What Technologies Can We Develop in 100 Years?
Technology in a 100 Years:
In addition to what I've stated above, I see that we've progressed significantly - technologically speaking. I see that we've developed nanobots (incredibly small microscopic robots) that repair our body and do the required plumbing of its systems, keeping us healthy and making us live longer than anytime in world history. These nanobots have been programmed by humans to function as our body's warriors by fighting off cancer cells and viruses that invade our body. Primarily because of these advances, I see that the average age a person can live has stretched well beyond a 100. However, 100 years into the future, I see that immortality continues to evade the human race. Cyber immortality, however, is a reality. People can live forever in cyberspace by downloading their collective memories and experiences onto the information superhighway. I see that our consciousness continues to live on in the cyber world, far after we have gone in the physical sense.
I see that bionic humans are common 100 years in the future. Apart from using bionic parts for medical necessities, I see that people volunteer to get implanted with bionic parts just as they do with plastic/cosmetic procedures today. I see that amputees don't exist anymore - they are able to regenerate practically all body parts through biological advances made in the future. I see that we've developed technology (warp drives, et all) to enable us to travel to distant galaxies and go "boldly where no man or woman has ever gone before." I am not sure of the exact technologies required for this and the exact state of research on this and whether it is theoretically possible, however, we might yet discover so many things in the future that could enable us to make those fantastic dreams possible. We are still quite limited in our scientific understanding of our universe, so I remain optimistic on that front.
Well, there you have it. I see that the world would be a far better place to live in, but would continue to have some of the same problems (like terrorists and terrorism). Compare the world 100 years ago and where we are now and you can get a fair idea of how the world would be 100 years in the future!!
People back then would have laughed off some of the technologies we have developed since and use today. I see all of the above (and more) being a reality 100 years in the future.
© 2008 Shil1978
Readmikenow on February 23, 2018:
This is a good article.
It makes me wonder if the predictions people made about us 100 years ago were at all accurate. We can only guess because nobody really knows.
Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on February 23, 2018:
There is no gas problem. We have plenty of oil and gas to last 200 years or more...
Kristy on February 15, 2018:
I wonder if there will be electric cars or what they will use to replace our on going gas problems
Abdul Haadi from Lahore, Pakistan. on November 24, 2017:
A great article, indeed! :)
Scott Belford from Keystone Heights, FL on April 17, 2017:
On a almost tongue-in-cheek level, I would say part of the world will be under water and the rest of it trying to deal with it.
That comes from what has happened since you wrote this very thoughtful essay. The two major changes of course is that the developing countries, plus China, came on board climate-wise. But, Trump was elected and all of that is now in jeopardy. Also, the climate is getting worse quickly from what I can see.
Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 23, 2016:
Very interesting... You think predicting the future is viable and within our capability. Perhaps a few of the thing you mention will come true. However, as a skeptic, and someone who knows the limitation of technology, I am not so optimistic. For example, they have been predicting the paperless office for 30 years and today, we are using more paper than ever.
The same goes with fossil fuel. Like it out not, it is the most efficient and economical energy source. The prediction of peak oil was wrong. We have better ways to get at oil and it is abundant.
I do think in a few short years, we will know one way or another the accuracy of climate predictions. The funny thing about climate history is that it is in the record books. The climate models that we rely heavily on are just that models. The reality of climate may be quite different.
With regard to geopolitical, I hope you are wrong. We need to be the one superpower that keeps some sanity in our world. Let's check back in 5 or 10 years to see how we do? In 100 years, none of us will be alive. By the way, human longevity is another sore spot with me. Our advances in medicine may be able to extend our lives but the question for society is do we want to? Increasing life span by just 20 years will bankrupt our treasury. It will also create chaos among individual lives, from retirement, to healthcare, to finance to social interactions to government liabilities... Our current system is not designed for life span of 120 years.
Be careful what you wish for.
Savita on July 19, 2015:
its really good to know about our future world. I was so good to read about it.
aayush on January 09, 2014:
It very good, interesting and knowledgeable
I like it
Shil1978 (author) on July 06, 2012:
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Sorry for replying late. I never heard of 'geminoids' before, but I did go to You Tube and checked out a few of these 'geminoids.' They are so incredibly human-like - its amazing. Kind of reminds me of Data from Star Trek. Things such as that make me so excited about the future. Thanks again for your informative comment - appreciate you taking the time to share your views :)
FloatingCitiesG on June 28, 2012:
There is one interesting question here.
Recently about a month ago an avatar project started in Russia.
They are creating human like geminoids
There are 4 types of them (A,B,C,D) each surpassing the previous one
Their team anticipates the final phase of avatar D completed by 2045
This geminoid will look 100% like human like, will have ability to learn and gain habits by himself, have a touch, feel, sense, and a lot more
So there is an optimistic way for earth to exist, we can use those robots in future to grop crops, help us to do all the repetitive work, while we can concentrate on developing crystal clear water generators, solar generators, enhanced windmills etc.
That all might help us to continue 'evolving' and while we reach type 1 civilization by 2100 (at that time new born humans will have lifespan of (140~ 150), there will be not much need to support earth, no need for extreme birth, the population will probably not continue to grow and the powerfull spacecrafts will be built which will allow us to explore Mars completely and build habitation there. However that doesn't have to be Mars, as there are 99% of undiscovered exo-planets which may support conditions for life.
Its only a decade until the enough powerful telescope is built which will allow to discover much more planets in our milkyway galaxy!
chris.s on March 27, 2012:
A couple of topics not mentioned that would affect the future. One the blending of races which could help lead to a united world. Two the possibilty of contact with alien life forms intellegence this can greatly affect future technology and human interaction.
Shil1978 (author) on March 24, 2012:
Princesswithapen, I suppose you are correct in your assessment of me. Without a "wild" imagination, I don't think I could have come up with this hub. Come to think of it, without imagination (wild or otherwise), I doubt us humans would have come up with some of the wonderful technologies we take for granted now.
I hope we don't lose this imagination and, in fact, that we become more "wild" with our imagination - for there is so much potential in all of us to come up with things that may sound fantastical and impossible to most. It seems to me that most of the things we imagine, we try to make them possible!!
That said, what can I say but thank you for calling my writing "extraordinaire." I just write what I feel passionate about, and with this hub, I just let my thoughts flow. It wasn't writing to a plan or after loads of research. With this kind of subject, it was just appropriate that it be like that.
I really believe that each one of us has the capability to foresee future technologies and trends - because it is us, who would eventually develop those technologies - not "us" as in you and me in person, but "us" as in our collective consciousness and imaginations.
I am glad you share my thoughts and see these things being possible. Am glad too that you found this hub worthy enough to want to read it again!! Thanks much, princess, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts - a pleasure to exchange thoughts with you :)
princesswithapen on March 24, 2012:
You seem to have really let your imagination run wild with this one and your extraordinaire writing does justice to the thoughts seeping out of your wandering mind.
I love the way how you end this post with "People back then would have laughed off some of the technologies we have developed since and use today. I see all of the above (and more) being a reality 100 years in the future." As a reader, it makes me scroll up back to the beginning of the post and read it all over again. Loved the hub.
Tiller on March 16, 2012:
As a prelude to my third paragraph, my next paragraph just contains some other things which would be necessary for the third paragraph to come to fruition.
This paragraph will basically be based off of "ifs", as many things could go either way. knowing the current political situation and climate in the US, as well as the problems we are facing, the 2 party system will fracture relatively soon. Being an optimist, this fracture will lead to reform, and not civil war :). The US military will experience large-scale cuts to cut at the debt, but steps will be taken, such as a much closer relationship with India and brazil, both economically, and militarily. infact, the United States' relationships' with all countries in the Asian-pacific area will also grow closer, excluding a few countries like Indonesia, As china continues it's rise. Universal healthcare will create an efficient healthcare system similar to Switzerland. This will compress things like Medicare and Medicade which burn money so. I think that new technologies that cut obesity rates, which have recently plateaued, will dramatically reduce healthcare costs, benefiting society as a whole. Americans are simply sick of war. there are hawks that may still enjoy it, but most people only want a powerful military as a deterrent against things that we perceive as threats to our freedoms and our “peaceful” way of life. with a downsizing of our military(quality over quantity big-time), and the rise of our allies, we would vest more trust in our allies for mutual defense. The global policeman would be long gone, replaced with a much more placid nation.
One thing that I think should happen, and I think that if enough of my generation such as "a kid" share this idea, that Canada could basically "merge" with the US! The 13 provinces would become states. The two countries' cultures are very similar, and over time because of technologies like the internet, as well as changes like above, will move closer. there would probably be several transitionary steps, sort of like NAFTA. After a couple decades of being united, it would seem like it was always that way! The United States(US+Canada) would become the largest nation on earth, with access to the ice-free trade route of the arctic ocean, as well as vast amounts of space and natural resources. a step like this would boost “America” back up towards the top! More extreme unions have taken place! the economic benefits could easily be the catalyst for such an event.
Also, if anyone wants to make ANY kind of corrections, PLEASE let me know. That way, I will come away from here sharper then when I arrived. :)
Greston on January 20, 2012:
Rheanna I take your point on technology's impact on creativity but I think that human creativity will always shine through and that "technology" is simply a tool we use to express ourselves.
I am sure the first cave painters had some people begining to use "modern" tools to apply the paint. Perhaps they started with their hands then someone picked up a stick for some fine work and the hand painters chastised them for moving away from the purity of hand painting.
Some of the works being created in the digital world are works of pure inspiration and can leave you breathless. I am trying to get past my set ways of believing that the old, classic forms of art are the ones closest to enabling the spirit of humanity to shine forth.
I believe that there is room in artistic expression for modern media and that whatever media is chosen by the artist it is less important than the spirit behind the creativity.
Rheanna on January 15, 2012:
Really interesting. But one thing I don't see as being an advance or an improvement is the advance in technology you talk about. I'm not saying it won't happen, I completely think there will be a major advance in technology, but I don't think that the final outcome will be beneficial to us. More dependency on technology will just lower our abilities as human beings. Soon enough we'll all be sat of sofa's 24/7 while we push a button for our tea to be made, shopping to be done.. No one will know how to write any more. Drawing won't even exist, never mind art and paintings. Technology has been a great help to the human race, but i see us taking advantage of that, and instead of us living our lives I think computers will be living it for us. Sorry, but for me, that's a rather crappy lifestyle to look forward to.
Shil1978 (author) on January 14, 2012:
Hi Alex, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Am glad you liked this article. I am so excited about the future, especially in terms of the technologies we may develop. It is amazing to think about how the world looked like 100 years before and how it looks like now. There is no reason to believe we may not have some very fantastic technologies 100 years hence.
Increasing human-tech interface is a logical progression. Thus far, we haven't biologically integrated with technology, but seems only logical that future humans would look to harness technology to their advantage. A future world may see human beings exist forever in cyberspace - their memories being downloaded online.
So far, the brain has been a mystery to us. We haven't understood this complex piece of biological engineering, but its only a matter of time before we unravel its mysteries and look to use technology to interface with it.
alex on January 14, 2012:
Hi, nice piece. Interesting that you included a bit on the environment. Although, I don't think we will ever really be in a position to do much to stop the effects of climate change (at least not in a 100 years). The weather system is chaotic and we just don't understand those kind of systems very well. So I'm not as optimistic as you there. But I agree that better efficiency in the home will improve the quality of life.
You mentioned nanotech, which is an exciting idea. I think though what is definite is that we will have completely changed the way we interface with technology. We already have technologies which allow us to control computers through speech and even our thoughts and this will have become completely mainstream by the end of the century. I also believe that people will embrace cybernetic implants. Imagine having the whole of Wikipedia stored on a mini flash memory unit implanted in your head, which you can search through as fast as any computer!
Emily on January 11, 2012:
Hey. i'm in 7th grade and we're writing a scenario on what Daily Life will be like in the future. THanks for the help. I'll be sure to mention you in my notes.
Muchoo Love Emily!
Shil1978 (author) on December 11, 2011:
Thank you, 'Post,' for taking the time to comment. No problem at all with the 'enormous' post - was a pleasure to read. A very realistic view that I can share and appreciate!
You are welcome - writing this hub was a joy, and the many comments that visitors to this hub have left, you included, have enriched this hub.
Thanks to you and all others who have taken the time to comment and share your views/ideas!!
Post. on December 11, 2011:
Thanks for posting that, Greston. I agree with you 100%.
In my opinion...
I'm Canadian. There is enough disagreement between citizens in each of our countries without us combining parties of very different mindsets. And I personally have no desire to give rights to our resources away while receiving very little representation and say in how they are used in return.
I've read each of the comments above me, and all have very good points. The optimist in me would see the potential for all of these great innovations realised in the future. We could have the technology to improve even further the quality of life of the average human. However.. the newest technologies are extremely expensive to implement in everyday situations. The price of these technologies will become more affordable as the years go by.. but then will we have enough time in the next hundred years to both develop these tools and make them readily available in time to prevent catastrophe? The over-population issue won't help achieve this end either.
Money is money, and skeptics will be skeptics, even if disaster is clearly imminent. I don't see the entire population of the earth banding together any time soon. And (ironically) especially not if they share views similar to mine at the top of this post... I guess I'm really not helping the issue.
I see some really rough times ahead of us. But when you look at all of the worst, truly terrible ages in history, you also see that humanity found a way to rebound in almost every instance. Maybe that rough period will be for our benefit (as much as I'll likely vehemently disagree with this if that day comes..)
And now my dream: I want to live to see the very beginning of a new world, where we regrow what we lost, and we invest in the even more distant future of our planet through environmentally sound applied sciences. I want to see better management of land and water. Who knows what some brilliant minds might cook up? The earth might be bursting with people, but our universe has limitless space.
Thank you, Shil, for writing this hub and founding this discussion. Sorry for this enormous post!
mindful on December 11, 2011:
Blame Canada :)
Lorenzo on December 08, 2011:
That is very interesting =)
Greston on December 02, 2011:
The concept of a global political system that would allow for us all to work together communally is a wonderful idea. My problem with this is that currently separate nations exist for many positive reasons. Deep tribal divisions going back millenia, the need for a definable people to set their own course, control their own destinies, resources etc.
Here is a real world example. There is much talk in this hub about the U.S. and Canada uniting to form a super-nation. It seems on the surface, especially to someone in the U.S. that Canada is so much like the U.S that there would be no need for it to exist as a separate entity. (I am Canadian by the way...)
There are many reasons for Canada to remain separate. Firstly our spending per capita on our military is 1/3 that of the U.S. This is a direct result of decisions made by the people of Canada to reduce our military. This began almost immediately following WWII. At that moment we had the 3rd largest navy, a million man army and enormous airforce. During the cold war we felt that with nuclear weapons a global conflict would lead to the ending of most life on the planet. During the 80s when the U.S. began the largest peace time build up of military in history, we chose not to build arms but negotiate with China and Cuba. Later on we chose not to take part in The Iraq war as there was no compelling evidence of weapons of mass destruction provided in the lead up to that war. That decision turned out to be correct.
If we were a part of the super-nation of North America (Would Mexico be allowed in?) as 10% of the Super-Congress we would not have had any choice but to go to war. A war that yes, deposed a terrible dictator but costed hundreds of thousands of lives, destabilized the region by tipping the balance of power in Iran's favour.
Living beside the U.S. is a wonderful blessing but having laws, legislation, foreign policy, immigration, energy policy decided by a super-congress in Washington, even with representation would leave Canada out in the cold.
Our relationship between our 2 wonderful nations is the closest on the planet. Now take that example and multiply it across the spectrum of divisions that range from mistrust to genocidal hatred and you see it would be a daunting, horribly complex and difficult political structure to create and maintain.
Until we learn to forgive and start over we will have to rely on the U.N. to keep all it's bickering member states in order.
Greston on December 01, 2011:
My feelings on our future are grim yet hopeful. I believe we will solve many of the ecological problems that plague us as you said simply because we must. I always use the incredible energy that the Allies used to defeat the Axis powers in WWII. When the Allies faced that darkness they did what was necessary to win... and that was everything.
I believe the calamaties that we will face in the next 100 years will force us to fight with the same amount of energy to win the war to keep our planet fit for human life.
Having said that we may have die offs in the range of a billion poor souls who will face starvation/lack of water and mass migrations/upheavals from eco-tragedies.
I believe when these horrific things are happening the world will finally work together to solve/temper the situation to allow us to live with the Earth.
Tech-wise if we don't get the magic pill of warp/space-time folding or other theoretical tech we will be stuck at a speed limit of 10-15% the speed of light. E=MC2 is a mean mistress. To propel anything of any kind of mass the speed of light the energy needed becomes almost infinite. Einstein was not right about everything but I believe he found some universal truths. E=MC2 being one.
Nano-tech is so promising however anytime you look at lengthening human life you begin to really cause trouble with pop growth.
There is disagreement but we will top off somewhere between 12-20 billion souls on the planet. Mass dieoffs and simple math will not allow more. More people together in congested places with limited resources = every kind of disease and sadly new dieseases will emerge that will defeat even advanced medicine for a time.
I will end with saying I am grimly optimistic. I believe in 100 years we will be successful in our bid to live within the Earth's means but we will have learned many horrible lessons.
A kid on November 23, 2011:
Unifying the countries is possible. Look at Europe and the Euro, that was a decent way that they started being closer together. Maybe the U.S. can talk with Canada or something and see about unification. There would be a lot more open space, maybe more jobs for people, and maybe a stronger economy. Who knows, this might set an example to other countries to strive for the same goal and the risk of war might decrease a little
Shil1978 (author) on November 22, 2011:
Mindful, what you state about Europe is correct. However, the borders still exist, and even though there was currency unification with the Euro, things aren't looking as rosy as they did before with the current economic crisis that Europe is facing now. The future of the Euro has been called into question as well. However, there is always hope, with that - I agree. Yes, imagination is important. Without imagination, many of the things we have today wouldn't exist!!
mindful on November 22, 2011:
The only requirement for unification of countries is a better business for both. Europe, not that long ago,was packed with borders and extreme border control. Today, you hardly notice that you entered another country. The world could very well be one one day, not today but don't count it out.
Remember John Lennon, he imagined it and Einstein said, Imagination is more important then Knowledge :)
Shil1978 (author) on November 22, 2011:
Hi "A kid," so glad to have someone as young as you drop by and comment. Your goals and ideals are laudable. I am so impressed that (at your age) your thoughts are focused on the environment and how you can make the world a better place. I wish and pray that you achieve all your goals and can in fact bring about these changes. Some of which, I personally don't think posssible like unification of countries, etc., but they are good ideals to have!!
Shil1978 (author) on November 22, 2011:
Brainda, nanorobotics is already an emerging technological field and much research is being conducted on the development of nanorobots already, so it isn't in the realm of science fiction. Don't be surprised therefore if (in your lifetime) you see nanorobots being used to treat you medically.
Brainda Bush on November 22, 2011:
Helo. D only idea i rily luv here is d thing about d cleaner fresher air. Imagine a world where robots walk around like men and china run d world, datz scary. Talkless of tiny robotic stuffs dat go in 2 cure diseases in d body. No way. But i like ur article all d same.
A kid on November 22, 2011:
Hi, I'm just 13 years old and my curiousity always takes me to different places to learn new things and know the opinions and thoughts of other people. This was very new to me however, I've never heard of hubpages until I searched what the earth will be like in 100 years. When I grow up I plan on being in the U.S. government. I'm already the student council president for my school and I have tons of great ideas including the unification of world countries, such as talking with Canada and maybe merging the U.S. and Canada as probably one North America and maybe putting special electric bridges or plain bridges connecting buildings in cities to take away gas consumption and to cause less damage to our environment. I would say more but I just realized I put a long comment lol
Shil1978 (author) on November 22, 2011:
Yo mamma, so were the many theories put forth a 100 years back. Who would have thought in 1911 of the fantastic gadgets we take for granted now. Just imagine the world a 100 years before - in 1911 - and you'd know the many fantastic things that have since been proven to be not so fantastic after all!!
Yo mama on November 22, 2011:
in my opinion, your theories are nigh fantastical
mindful on November 20, 2011:
I think there is nothing more natural then to spread out, that is our only way of securing our existence in the the long term and we better hurry up people, we need to start living on different planets, leave earth alone for a while, like a million years and watch what happens :)
Shil1978 (author) on November 12, 2011:
Lauren, thank you very much for stopping by and commenting. Am glad you found this article interesting. I agree with your views about a better future world - I hope so too! Lets pray to that :)
Lauren on November 12, 2011:
Hello, this was a VERY interesting article to read and I would like to post a long comment but after reading all of them, a variety of people have said exactly what I think so no point in me repeating haha, but either way, I really enjoyed reading this so thank you and also, I hope the world stays a good place or becomes better! Even though we won't be alive in 100 years, it's nice to think of the future for others and help future humans instead of leaving them in a utter mess and giving them a horrible quality of life.
rebeca on November 06, 2011:
I would like be an optimist but I do not think that it is what future holds for us . I think climate changes, and access to drinking water as well as rare metals will shift powers in the world.
Second disparity between rich and poor will be enormous , People will remember our time as good golden years.
Society will be under strict police control and freedom of simple person nonexistent, unless you the one playing the world chase.
Unemployment will be a state of live. Majority will live in a virtual world. It would keep people off the streets and governments of troubles. Governments will also constantly invigilate people. I agree with Kley
average waist circumference will be around 40, for average Joe.
Rich and powerful will have access to best medical care and technology with treatment directed toward specific genotype, to increase efficacy and decrease toxicity.Their will have waist 28. Cancer will still exist but will be a treatable disease.Their will be cure for diabetes and many chronic diseases, We will have artificial eye and ear , and hopefully some average Joe`s will enjoy to have one.
There will one worldwide government, but real power will be in hands of regional corporations with access to natural resources and newest technologies.
People will live longer with less quality of life. There is going to be ongoing debate regarding keeping people living longer vs regulation of births threw genotype to decrease risk of offspring's with propensity to chronic genetic disorders.
When is coming to teleportation , we are not going to be even close.Our human fragility will hold us on Earth.(as well as constipation!)
It will not exclude small flights and vacation on space station in our Solar system for rich.
Travel in time will not be possible for another hundreds of years. The one sentence will still hold better to be rich and healthy then sick an poor.
Daguy on November 02, 2011:
I think the future could be everything we could ever dream or need but we get set the proper foundations for it now, I'm sick of these people that would put back human advancement for the sake of money or religion like with the water powered car and what might get the "lord" worked up. You know what I don't even want a water powered car get me a bionic horse fueled by carrots and laptop batteries, I'll call him Toshiba.
Tenzin lhawang on October 28, 2011:
Hope some of it don't happen in future, lik people living for average age of 100 yrs. Cox nw a days, people r becoming vry greedy for money, fame,name, etc.. So, imagine urself:| wat will be happen if those bastard live longer n rule our country. Jst imagine, wat would be d conditions of poor people
nick on October 16, 2011:
i think there ll be many more discoveries than today's world
Shil1978 (author) on September 27, 2011:
Dr. Dina, I wouldn't mind you referring to this article to make your presentation provided you do not republish or duplicate this article online and provide proper credit as to the source!!
dr dina hossam el din on September 27, 2011:
thnxsssssss about this article i take it to make a presntion at my msa university
Klay on September 23, 2011:
I was more Interested how the human Species will evolve in the next 100 years or so ... I Read an article some where and it said in the 1950's the average waist size for men trousers were 32" and today its 34" does that mean in 100 years time it will be 38"? are we as species getting lazy fatter and unhealthy ? -- and blame the technology for this I am fascinated about the future I have a strong Imagination I always daydream and think what will the future be like Will there be 1 language used in the whole planet ... I think its in our human nature to explore and discover new worlds and technologies and we will continue to do so sometimes we forget how frigile earth is question what about religion ? I personally think religion will fade away eventually .
wilberthorpe mcgonogal on March 23, 2011:
As scientist i think you are down crying yourselves, I think you have the brains and the will power to creat a machine so powerfull it can do anything that pops into our head, Travel anywhere in the world, be in any time in history or create our wildest fantasies.
Eric Lemon on February 23, 2011:
the problem with the future is that once we have cars that run on water or air. there will always be a price put on it right now air costs $.75 just to fill my tires!!!!! Putting a price on air, wow. Not to mention the unemployment rate will be astronomical, with more and more robots doing basic jobs and increasing competition for the remaining jobs because more and more people will be going to college. Nobody will be able to afford to survive. Right now the earths population is around 6.3 billion, in 100 years that figure is expected to grow to 7.4 billion, with the world unemployment at 23.4%. that means in the year 2111 1.7 billion people will not have a job.
Pente from Planet Earth on February 20, 2011:
The good news is that cars will run on water in the future. The bad news is that they will only use Evian at $8.40 a gallon :)
Shil1978 (author) on December 18, 2010:
Shalini, always a pleasure to have you around! Yes, as with previous generations, we may be astounded at the progress made in another 100 years.
Imagine someone living in 1910 wondering about this very question, "what will the world be like in 100 years." Could they have imagined all the wonderful technologies we possess now in 2010? We've achieved much technologically speaking in just 100 years, so in another 100, there's no reason not to believe that we'd achieve much, much more - provided humans don't succumb to any catastrophes, man-made or ones beyond our control like asteroid or comet strikes or any cosmic phenomena that could totally change our world by setting us back years technologically speaking, or just wipe us out as a species!!
Yet, as you point out, the sad thing is that human nature does not seem to change much with the years. We still fight wars and kill each other and perpetrate genocides and what have you. I hope humans evolve too to be a gentler, more humane species.
Thanks again for stopping by and commenting. Always nice to read your insightful and wise comments :)
Dutch84, thanks for visiting and commenting too. Well, what would we be without our imagination!!
dutch84 on December 18, 2010:
You have a very interesting imagination.
Shalini Kagal from India on December 18, 2010:
Hi Shil - a very thought-provoking piece! And yes, as you say, technology is going to take such large strides, we probably can't even imagine just how advanced the world is going to be. The sad thing is, human nature usually doesn't change so while there may be geographical shifts when it comes to where the wars take place or the battles for supremacy are played out, till we change as human beings and consciously espouse peace, maybe all we will be doing is repeating the same stories in history in different scenarios.
Shil1978 (author) on December 18, 2010:
Tim, yes, I would agree with that. We have so much to learn about how our brains work, how memories are formed, etc. I have no doubt that we'd eventually figure it out. Thanks for stopping by and commenting - loved reading your interesting perspective :)
Tim on December 18, 2010:
I guess the single biggest scientific development that could ever occur would be for scientists to understand exactly how the brain works and in particular memory. What will happen if scientists find a way to transfer human memory between brains and computers?
All of a sudden, it would allow the possibility to transfer scientists whole lifes work (such as the likes of Einstein, for example) to someone else. But that isn't the scary part, the scary part is people will then realise that really what makes us individuals is in fact mainly what's stored in our brains, and therefore what will stop them wanting to transfer all their memories to a younger donor body, which could potentially allow them to be immortal.
Anyway, on a more lighter note, I quite like the concept of "The Venus Project" as a way forward, which concentrates more on the redesign of human culture, which with today's knowledge and communication surely it's the best direction to go in.
therussianlad on December 11, 2010:
Shil1978 (author) on December 06, 2010:
Joshua, humans can be wiped out by any one of the numerous known or unknown phenomena out there. There is the possibility of asteroids or comets striking the Earth and wiping out humans, as also the possibility of us being wiped out by any one of the as-yet unknown phenomena akin to black holes and the like. We don't really know all of the potentially dangerous things out there, which could threaten us as a species.
Ultimately, it is in the best interests of humans to venture out into space and find alternate homes to help ensure that humans survive as a species and don't just die out like the dinosaurs did all those years ago.
As far as evolution, it is my belief from what I've read that humans are still evolving. One might think that humans might not be evolving because of the intervention of artificial/modern methods that afford humans medical care or other things that might affect natural selection, but new studies in the field say that humans are still evolving. Of course, there might be studies contrary to that, so it is impossible to say definitively.
Joshua526 on December 06, 2010:
Are humans close to extinction? Do we continuously evolve?
Shil1978 (author) on December 02, 2010:
KL, glad you found this hub nice and interesting. Thank you for stopping by and commenting :)
KLeichester on December 02, 2010:
Thanks for this hub. Very nice and interesting.
Shil1978 (author) on September 30, 2010:
Ha ha!! I sure hope so epi :)
epigramman on September 30, 2010:
..well one thing for sure ... they'll remember your hubs!!!
nishi on September 04, 2010:
this can be really nice and a very ecofriendly future where we can be really safe and also coserve more of energy and the earth will be at the same position at which it was billions of years ago
Oisin on August 28, 2010:
Goof guess! However, I don't see how water will become a rare resourse...unless you're thinking there will be less rain, but I don't see logic in that. Why would it just stop raining?
Shil1978 (author) on August 20, 2010:
Thank you for sharing your perspective on this subject Alex. Very interesting indeed!! Thanks again for stopping by and commenting :)
Alex. on August 19, 2010:
In terms of technological side of things, I believe that we will not achieve artificial intelligence on par with the human brain, however, technology will be smart, versatile and most importantly, ubiquitous.
They will change the way we go about our everyday lives and will be made to obey our every whim. The man of today is lazy and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
The problem of energy will be solved by nuclear fusion and high-efficiency solar and wind power. Other renewable energy sources will be used at a high rate as well given the first three are not appropriate for the area in question.
As the cost of space travel decreases, it will become a regular thing, however, for humans, it will be only as far as the inner planets of our solar system. Unmanned vehicles will traverse the areas far outside our solar system in search of.. well... anything!
And if you think we will need a new or alternative home to live on.. Europa, Jupiter's sixth moon seems a likely first choice for that job.
Also, by then we will have colonized our moon and also Mars to a small extent. Space tourism will also become a booming industry.
Also, with your paper problem, I believe tablet computers are the way to go there. They will become amazingly reliable and ergonomic in times to come and so could become a viable solution.
Good job with this by the way, it's a really great insight into what we could be in for.
wademcmaster on July 27, 2010:
Man, thats quite and article and quite a read of comments...
Shil1978 (author) on June 29, 2010:
Yes, always risky :) I wrote this hub in response to a question. Glad you found it interesting!!
Thank you Tony for stopping by and commenting!!
Tony McGregor from South Africa on June 29, 2010:
A very interesting take on the future. Prophecy is always risky. Thanks for making it interesting also!
Love and peace
Shil1978 (author) on June 24, 2010:
Alicia, that's great! Would check out your hub in a while!!
Shil1978 (author) on June 24, 2010:
Thank you 'Theamericanemmawatson' for stopping by this hub and thank you for your appreciation of this article. Those are great ideas indeed and I do hope you invent them :)
Your concerns are very valid. It does seem like that, doesn't it! Well, let's just hope people don't get much ruder than they are and they don't get more dumber than some of them are!!
aliciajadebrowne from I am where I am, and that's all you need to know. on June 24, 2010:
Thank you! I approved it =) I'm happy to be following you, too! By the way I finally published that hub =D
Thanks and graditude~Alicia
Theamericanemmawatson on June 24, 2010:
I think this is a great article. I was bored and I decided to look up something like this. I agree with the whole paper thing. I imagined some kind of holographic sheet thing as thin as paper that u can write on with ur finger. I also thought up of some kind of holographic tv where u can see tv shows from a 3D 360 degree angle or something. I wanna invent something like that someday! :)
but, I'm a little more concerned about people's behavior in The future. Some tv shows have swear words in the title. People are ruder than before. The entertainment industry is targeting sexuality and violence to kids my age. People I think are dumber. They're going down in math grades. I hope this doesn't get worse!
Shil1978 (author) on June 24, 2010:
Alicia, I can relate to how you feel. I used to feel that way a lot and perhaps still do, but only a bit - occasionally!!
Perhaps, you didn't notice, but I am following you and I did leave you a fan mail too. Do check it out :)
It was a pleasure responding to your comment. Kid, you say - does it really matter? Not to me anyways :)
aliciajadebrowne from I am where I am, and that's all you need to know. on June 24, 2010:
I understand what you're saying...It's just that it doesn't feel natrual...no, t doesn't feel NORMAL to me to "spread out" as you say, to different planets. It doesn't feel right, like, just WRONG, in a way, I get that feeling inside that it wasn't supposed to happen...I was actually going to make a new hub explaining it more. Can you "follow" me so you can read it when I finish, please? =o
Thank you for taking the time to write such a long response! It means a lot. Not a lot of people will take so much time out of their lives for some kid anymore...
Shil1978 (author) on June 24, 2010:
Thank you Alicia for this very unique comment. I loved your comment. Well, I don't know where to start in responding, but you did ask about bionic so I guess I'd start with that. Bionic really is the pursuit at integrating biology with technology - as in putting chips inside humans to augment or repair certain biological functions.
As far as China, with about 10% growth rate that they have now, they can only become stronger economically and consequently militarily. And they are not really a communist state anymore. You could describe them as a quasi-communist / quasi-capitalist state. Frankly, this change has allowed them to keep their people relatively happy. In the long term, no one can say if there'd be unrest and the consequent overthrow of the existing regime and transition to a fully democratic setup. Either ways, the growth of China is a reality and their growing influence too. They could well equal the United States in terms of their geopolitical influence. There is also India, Brazil, Russia who in all probability would become very powerful countries. The US would still be a very powerful country and would be able to exercise considerable influence still, but not to the extent it does now!
Sure, you can draw on paper and do all the things you love to on paper. What I meant was on a much larger scale. I mean it just makes sense to look at ways to reduce the clutter of physical paper - so why wouldn't humans look towards an electronic paperless solution?
Alicia, its normal for people to want to go back to the old ways. There is a certain romanticism to it, which I share. However, as a species, it is my belief that it is in our best interest to develop technologically. It is fine if our larger goal is to exist as a species and die away as did the dinosaurs. However, if we have an interest to seek out newer worlds and educate ourselves on the many mysteries of the Universe, then we need to develop technologies that will allow us to move out of the confines of the Earth - not because the Earth isn't a wonderful place to be, but because the Earth wouldn't last forever and it isn't a very smart thing to do to exist as a species only on one planet. We need to spread out and exist as a species and learn as much as we can about this wonderful Universe of ours.
Yes, I'd agree with you in terms of the erosion of "people's values" - that's a sad fact of modern life. However, ultimately, it is upon us as individuals to change that - by being ourselves and not changing for the worse on a personal level.
Thanks for taking the time to share your view Alicia - I had a wonderful time reading your perspective. Thanks again :)
aliciajadebrowne from I am where I am, and that's all you need to know. on June 24, 2010:
I hope we don't have nanobots! WE ALREADY HAVE NATURAL ONES!!!!!!!!! We don't need to live longer than we already do, gawd! (As you can see, I HATE science and scientists with my LIFEEEE)
And what do you mean by "downloading" memories and such? You mean like, just by typing and saying sutff, like we do now? I hope so, or I'd have the spazz of my life. Well, I know I will eventually anyway, but any other way would be FREAKY!!!
And what does bionic mean?
Also, I really hope China won't get more powerful than us...You were a little fuzzy on that part, at least I didn't understand it much. So you say they'll still be Communist, or when you say they'll be the equivalent as us, is that in freedoms? What do you mean by that???
As much as I'd absolutely love the future to be like that...Will there be something to replace paper,t oo? Because I love to draw, and hand write...As amazing as it would be and as happy as I would be if they stopped cutting down trees...In your mind, will there be ANY way to authentically write or draw by hand??? And what about pencils???I hate crayons and markers, I NEED colored pencils...Will they be covered in the replacement for plastic or something? (I might be dead by then, but I believe in reincarnation)
Lastly, I don't want the future to be like that. I'm going to try to change the world, and no matter what anyone says, I'm going to make a HUGE impact on it with help from people like you and others like me. I don't want technology, I want us to go backwards. People's values now-a-days are worthless in the whole scheme of life and this is such a lonely, dreary existence...The only way I can escape to "home" is to listen to Celtic and folk music, and it's still not enough...I still cry...
So no offense, but I hope your predictions are wrong...I hope it's BETTER than that...It's great, but not good enough..........
Shil1978 (author) on June 09, 2010:
Thank you AR for stopping by this hub and for your comments. I guess we can look at the future both ways - in a positive way or a negative way. Much of the points you raise are real or has the potential to be real.
Perhaps, I am an eternal optimist to view the future as being a better one than it could possibly turn out to be.
Thanks AR for giving your perspective - very interesting observations!!
Mikal Smith from Vancouver, B.C. on June 09, 2010:
Whenever I think of the future my children will live in the things I worry about are:
-The scarcity of bees and there for of fruit
-The millions of refugees that will have been displaced by rising water levels
-The scarcity of gas that (I believe) will effect us faster than we will be able to make up for it with techology
-Globalization that will sadly bury the beautiful diversity that makes our world so interesting.
I know the world will change considerably, as we age we will mourn the past and our children and grandchilren will laugh at us for doing so. We will begin to start sentences with "In the good old days..." and wonder what happened. We will probably forget too about all the horrible things that happen now. And then as our kids grow up, they will do the same thing.
Shil1978 (author) on May 21, 2010:
You know, I am not too sure about artificial intelligence evolving to an extent that it surpasses us - in terms of being a threat to us anytime in the next 100 years. I'd like to point here that I am not talking just about intelligence in terms of programmable memory or doing specific functionalities, but rather it being close to or surpassing humans as a whole, to the point that it becomes a threat to humans.
That - I don't see happening.
We've no doubt made impressive achievements in the last 100 years technologically speaking, but even the next 100 years IMHO are not enough to advance to a level to make an intelligence that would surpass humans in ingenuity and other essential human traits that make us, well, humans.
The artificial intelligence we may develop in the next 100 years may well be able to act as our assistants and help us out in a variety of ways. They may be made very personable and human-like and may be able to do relatively complex tasks, but that would be about it IMHO.
I don't see any threat of the "Rise of the Machines" as it were.
Thank you for dropping by this hub wandererh. Am glad you asked me this question, thank you again!!
David Lim from Singapore on May 21, 2010:
Have you ever thought of the possibility that sometime in the next 100 years, we will design and build an intelligence that is as smart as we are? And that that intelligence will rapidly evolve to far surpass our intelligence? Ever give a thought as to what that intelligence will be like and what a future with such an intelligence would be like?
Sterling Sage from California on April 03, 2010:
I think we're rapidly approaching the point where either we WILL be more humane or we will see catastrophe. I wish I shared your optimism, Shil. Thanks again for the hub.
Shil1978 (author) on March 28, 2010:
Thanks for dropping by cashmere and for your insights. I agree, humans can be their own worst enemies. The progress of humans depends on them overcoming their own brutal nature. I being an optimist though, I tend to look at the postive aspect of things and this hub was written with that mindset.
Of course, bad things might happen and it could be that the human species is wiped out, if not by humans themselves by an asteroid perhaps. However, I hope humans have a brighter future and can achieve much, much more in all fields like the arts and technology and more importantly that they grow themselves and become more humane!!
cashmere from India on March 28, 2010:
For all these wonderful and not so wonderful things to come to pass, we need to ensure that humanity survives a 100 years. Given the nuclear arsenal and short fuses we are sitting on in almost every nation, that seems like a miracle in itself.
Shil1978 (author) on March 26, 2010:
Thank you EnergyFlow for your perspective. I am glad you have an optimistic outlook.
Yes, about the video games and sports, I agree. Thanks again for dropping by and for your insights.
EnergyFlow on March 26, 2010:
All is possible. I want to add something about video games and sports in future. We will be inside those games. As to the sports there will be virtual training programs that will allow to train everywhere and get prepared for future competitions.
Shil1978 (author) on March 25, 2010:
Thank you Robert for your insights and for your kind words - much appreciated :)
Robert Hocker on March 25, 2010:
As simple as teleportation is concerned,It would be infeasible to utilize it.That type of travel would allow extrinsical entities to be embedded in the body.
I am creating over 4,000 devices such as Perpetual Energy Systems that allow electric supplying of homes and businesses,automated hospitals,automated welding by hoverrobots,incinerating garbage disposals[self powered], tiny alternate polarity heart pacers,voltage to frequency/frequency to voltage power supplies,and others.
The main consideation of the future is to supply extremely long lasting products for society;due to lack of resources.
Since the sun will burn out in 3500 years anyway;extremely high speed vehicles will be developed in the future also.
I hank you for your very well written article.
bill on November 11, 2009:
I don't share such rosy picture, all I can see is population growth and food crisis ahead of us, not for no reasons.
1) We only just celebrated on the eve of the new millennia with 6 billion people on Earth, since another billion people had joined our party by 2010 -- 6 billion in 1999 now 6.8 and by next year today 7 billion.
When I was born, there were 3 billion people, by the time my son was born, there were 4 billion on earth. Now it seem to be 1 extra billion people on earth every 10 years from now.
Since the millennia, this one world footprint uses the equivalent of 1.3 Planet Earth to provide the resources we need today, while our pH neutral water sources are depleting fast due to industry, food, and population growth, and is firmly locked in a vicious cycle of demand -- One world one dream same nightmare.
2)I see rubbish everywhere in the future.
Population and waste is mathematically linked to resources and the climate. Take the biosphere and the climate for example.
Our mother Earth has a bio-capacity - the natural absorption rate of organic carbon in the soil mantle, but the human animals have already discharged double that figure, with the developed nations being the biggest contributor and preacher of recycling, whilst shipping millions of tons of solid waste to another geological cleft.
In a vicious dose-dependent cycle, such amount of toxic waste affects global geochemical balance; further contribute to the shifting in climate and trophic levels (food chains) in the ecosystem, known as the bio-magnification. What a wise eclecticism.
The volume of solid domestic waste discharged in the Earth’s biosphere has reached a geological figure of 400 million tons per annum and rising, in a generation's time, mankind will suffocated in its own garbage.
What is a toxic waste to humans is a food source for insects and birds, and the chemicals that concentrated in the droppings of the birds are food for vegetations; ultimately find their way in our food source.
The natural absorption rate of organic carbon in the soil mantle is estimated 42 million tons annually. Human discharge of organic carbon had reached 85 million tons per annum – doubled the Earth's natural absorption ability.
The recent world food crisis provides not only a warning but also an opportunity (or wake up call) to examine our sustainability in a rising population scenario, and there seems not enough food, land, water, housing, transport and natural resources by 2050, let alone 100 years time.
blon0026 on November 03, 2009:
I wonder how war would change if we have the ability to teleport?
Shil1978 (author) on September 19, 2009:
Thank you Fintan for your valuable perspective. Quite interesting.
Fintan on September 19, 2009:
Teleportation and travel to distant galaxies are non-starters, in a hundred years or a hundred million years. We will always need paper and managed forests provide that for us today.Artifical intelligence will not happen either.Our most powerful supercomputers are not even close to insect intelligence yet.
Genetically modified plants will be useful in boosting agricultural production and will reduce imputs such as fertiliser and sprays. Robots will be doing simple tasks such as cleaning hospital floors ect,more like automated washers.New medications will increase average life expectancy in the developed world by 6 to 8 years.Average iq will have dropped by 5 points.
I agree most of our energy production will come from renewable sources, solar being a big contributer.Already the cost of solar power is approaching parity with fossil fuel generation. My great hope is that we can crack controlled nuclear fusion in the next 50 years, we've been working on it for 50 years already.
People who suggest that the progress we achieved in the past 100 years will predict what will be achieved in the next 100 years are wrong. For example,the first powered flight was in 1903,the fastest aircraft ever built, the usaf sr71 was designed in the mid 1950's. We are now further away from the planning of the fastest aircraft ever built than its engineers were from the Wright brothers.
freddo on June 19, 2009:
teleportation is not very likely nor is faster than light travel. the biggest change in a century will be the rise of artificial intelligence. many people will spend most of their time in virtuality. the climate will be harsher. personal freedoms will be much less than today. the rich will be able to extend their lifespans for centuries. machines wil fight wars.
Shil1978 (author) on May 20, 2009:
Thanks for your comments Amy. I hope we humans have an exciting future. Hope we don't self-destruct by abusing our planet.
Amy M from Manzano Mountains on May 20, 2009:
I love your vision of the future. hat a positive and hopeful hub. I hope you are right.
Jamie on September 08, 2008:
how will global warming have affecyed the earth in 50/100/150 years from now?
Lola on September 08, 2008:
yo people what up we are doing a science project and we need help
Toms Cabin from Australia on August 28, 2008:
Look to the way people interacted with each other a 100 years ago, compare how we do it now and get an idear how it wil be in a 100 years from now.
I couldn't agree more.
Thanks for the hub
Healthy Tips on August 27, 2008:
The thought of the future scares me. I just pray that a better future lies ahead for our children. Nice hub.
Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on August 26, 2008:
Dear all, there is information about teleportation, based on knowledge and exames of one of the biggest scientist of the world in 20th century, Nikola TESLA (I am proud to say, he was from my country!)
In Japan, teleportation is already realized by:
Takashi Yamanoue, Kagoshima University, email@example.comYasuhiro Tsutsui, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan Takao Tsutsui, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan
More in my hub.
What human mind observes...it will be created, sooner or later.
In Love, Light and Positivity, kindest regards.
Shil1978 (author) on August 26, 2008:
Right Tatjana. The reason I wasn't so positive about the human society part is that for some reason we never seem able to get past our petty religious and territorial differences. A world without governments and borders is so difficult for people to agree upon. As long as separate governments exist, conflicts would exist.
Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on August 26, 2008:
Dear Shil, visions are never just visions, whenever we see something, we create that. Can you please, just see a nicer future about part of human society? Your talent is so big, your knowledge and intelligence as well, I appreciate that very much.
Can I just remind you on some facts, known from Quantum Physics experiment?
One of the most confusing experiments occurred when quantum physicians (Bohr) observed electrons/photons, and they sometimes acted as waves, sometimes like particles...depending of observer expectations. Without watching them, they exist just as a set of probabilities!!!
Our future is also...just set of probabilities...until is observed, on one way or another. I prefer to observe it like paradise for all.
Knowing that, BY OBSERVING OUR FUTURE; WE ACTUALY CREATE IT.
Shil1978 (author) on August 26, 2008:
Absolutely. Its human nature to dub things "impossible" when they cannot fathom how its going to work or how that technology can possibly come about. But, its also human nature to find out ways to make things work and come true. Science fiction is actually a great thing - it stimulates the minds of individuals to attempt those "impossible" things and it seems (from evidence of past) that they do manage to make some of those fictional thoughts into hard reality. There are lots of things that scientists don't know about. Its a learning experience! And I am sure some of the technologies that we think now as being impossible - may yet come to fruition.