Make predictions about unknown things so future people can laugh at us

Started by Legend, Jul 10, 2019, 04:18 AM

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Legend

Watched a pbs show about balloon flights and pre rocket ventures to the edge of space. They were really worried about cosmic rays for example. Also for a while people thought Earth might be hollow, that Mars had canals, and so forth.


So what things do you think are true that might end up making you look silly?

I think low gravity is probably fine. 1g is great and 0g has some issues that extend beyond needing extra exercise. In between we don't know yet. I'd bet that even just .1g is enough to be fine. In reality anything below 1g might be really bad so only time will tell.

I also think space radiation is probably fine. Sheilds are needed during specific events but ambient exposure will end up not being that bad.


I believe the most likely answer to the fermi paradox is that their is a great filter of sorts between simple prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Celluar life like we understand it might be universal in a sense and develop easily under lots of conditions. Advancing from that is the hard part. We are first through the gate in our area and there just isn't complex life beyond us for billions of light years. With the speed of light being so slow and the universe being alone, almost every species would feel alone. I really love the concept of non cell based beings but they seemingly must be super rare.


kitler53

i predict that within my life time climate change will cause an environmental disaster large enough to cause mass migration away from the coasts and/or wide spread famine when crops fail globally,.. then obviously there will be war fighting over the remaining resources,.. thus the collapse of modern society,.. which will clearly kill billions of people that don't know how to survive in a world without grocery stores.  

many people think we are strong because of our technology advancements.  i disagree,.. humanity has never been weaker.  we are too dependent on technology, too specialized.   we've seen strong societies fail before.  we'll see them fail again.
       

Xevross

i predict that within my life time climate change will cause an environmental disaster large enough to cause mass migration away from the coasts and/or wide spread famine when crops fail globally,.. then obviously there will be war fighting over the remaining resources,.. thus the collapse of modern society,.. which will clearly kill billions of people that don't know how to survive in a world without grocery stores.  

many people think we are strong because of our technology advancements.  i disagree,.. humanity has never been weaker.  we are too dependent on technology, too specialized.   we've seen strong societies fail before.  we'll see them fail again.
Yeah that's gonna happen, as someone who has kinda studied climate change (a little bit) I think mass migration due to climate change isn't so far away, 50 years max.

Legend

It's really important that we do what we can to combat climate change in a sustainable way, but I think by that point massive engineering projects would become financially viable and cheaper than other alternatives. A partial solar shade could be constructed between the Earth and the Sun for less than a trillion dollars for example. If we have fuel production on the Moon by then, then it could even be cheaper than the International Space Station.

kitler53

It's really important that we do what we can to combat climate change in a sustainable way, but I think by that point massive engineering projects would become financially viable and cheaper than other alternatives. A partial solar shade could be constructed between the Earth and the Sun for less than a trillion dollars for example. If we have fuel production on the Moon by then, then it could even be cheaper than the International Space Station.
oh please, you give humanity too much credit.  i project like that would require world wide cooperation.  humans would rather die than work together with someone who speaks another language, has a different skin color, wears a different kind of clothes.

combating climate change could easily be solved today but because of the "prisoner's dilemma" we don't and we won't no matter how bad it gets.
       

the-pi-guy

oh please, you give humanity too much credit.  i project like that would require world wide cooperation.  humans would rather die than work together with someone who speaks another language, has a different skin color, wears a different kind of clothes.

combating climate change could easily be solved today but because of the "prisoner's dilemma" we don't and we won't no matter how bad it gets.
I don't think the prisoners dilemma is quite it.  
Itd be more like if one of the prisoners insisted that the prison wasn't real and even if it was, it's not worth the cost to worry about it

Legend

oh please, you give humanity too much credit.  i project like that would require world wide cooperation.  humans would rather die than work together with someone who speaks another language, has a different skin color, wears a different kind of clothes.

combating climate change could easily be solved today but because of the "prisoner's dilemma" we don't and we won't no matter how bad it gets.
Giving humanity credit would be expecting climate change to be solved while it is still a "looming" threat. This is more about people looking after their own self interests after climate change starts seriously hurting their businesses.

Also a trillion dollars is nothing. World wide cooperation would not be needed, at least for this specific example. Spin satellite production as a jobs program with different parts built in different states and it'd be easy to fund it like the current SLS rocket. The ISS only included other countries for political reasons. Cost wise the US paid for the majority of it anyway. The US is also set to already have the capacity for this before such a measure would be needed. SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb, and a few other companies are launching thousands of satellites over the next decade to create modern space internet. The massive scale of these operations is of similar magnitude to a partial solar shade, just in low earth orbit instead of at L1. Just for the sake of expressing how achievable a partial solar shade is, Jeff Bezos could personally fund the entire operation if his rocket company and Amazon continue down their current paths.


I'm optimistic so I hope we'll avoid reaching a point where such a measure is needed, but just within the past decade this concept has gone from laughable future tech to just around the corner tech.

kitler53

I don't think the prisoners dilemma is quite it.  
Itd be more like if one of the prisoners insisted that the prison wasn't real and even if it was, it's not worth the cost to worry about it
the prisoners dilemma is just a was to highlight how a ration person may come to make an irrational decision.  collaborating is the rational decision that is beneficial to both parties but most will choose not to collaborate out of fear that the other party may benefit at their expense.  

it is exactly the reason things like the paris climate accord won't be followed.  we'd all be better off if we all committee to those regulations but everyone fears that they'll be the only one to impose the restictions hurting their own economy to the benefit of others. 
       

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