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6 most optimistic forecasts for the future of mankind

Most science fiction writers and futurists see the future of humanity in a rather gloomy colors — and with good reason. Our relationship to the environment leaves much to be desired, we are too thoughtless use of technology and more and more improving in self-destruction. However, there are also optimistic that the distant future is amazing and wonderful. Here you will find the seven most optimistic predictions about the future development of our civilization.

1.Status quo

In the 1990s, American political scientist, economist and author Francis Fukuyama wrote a book "The End of History and the Last Man" and "The End of the order." He argued that the political, technological and economic state of the world suggests that humanity is approaching the final stop of their journey. He, of course, wrong. These books were simply a reaction to the dismal collapse of the Soviet Union and the talk about the so-called new world order.

Somewhat more realistic assessment of the current state of affairs has been formulated with the founding of the American manufacturer of software and hardware Sun Microsystems Bill Joy. In the 2004 article "Why we do not need the future," he wrote about the catastrophic consequences that can lead the development of 21st century technology such as robotics, genetic engineering and nanotechnology. Joy believes the most sensible that mankind can do today — to use what is already there. Just so it can prolong its existence on the planet.

2. Green Planet

Distant future often seems to us a sort of "Cybertron," Men of steel from end to end. This is the worst nightmare of the "green" where technology and reckless use of natural resources to trample down all life. But who said that everything should be this way? The future of our planet may well be far more flourishing than we can imagine. Representatives of the "green" Futurism believe that we can use the high technology in order to clear the land, create new sources of energy, and even transform the planet itself.

The very first idea in this series presented the motion of Bruce Sterling's "green design." This movement called for the application of innovative technologies to address environmental issues. Stirling is forecast, the future of the planet would be much more environmentally diverse than at any other moment in history.

In this future, people and myself to change much — to live in harmony with the environment. Our energy it will receive from the sources of the Earth and the Sun. Thoroughly studied the terrestrial ecosystems, humanity and change them — for example, will put an end to all the suffering of animals and predation. And it will be to control the weather at will.

And, in the end, we learn how to prevent all sorts of natural disasters: the asteroid, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions …

3. Life in an environment of "machines of grace and love"

Unfortunately, it is likely that the age of technological euphoria over soon. Thirty years and have radically improved its own intelligence machines can get out of our control and then surely we have no good. But, on the other hand — the power that can destroy us, it may be for humanity and saving — so say the members of the movement "the Singularity."

If future inventors of artificial intelligence will be to set the right goals, said "Singularity", the next generation will live in the so-called "friendly robot" programmed to harm a human impossibility. Furthermore, the machines will be watching to ensure that nothing bad will happen to us and to protect against all possible dangers. Paradise, where a bright future for us provides artificial intelligence, is dedicated to a poem by Richard Brautigan entitled "For all of the following vehicles of grace and love," and a British film of the same name.

4. Where no one has ever been …

It's time to break away from our little ball and start to colonize other solar systems — sure some futurists. This will determine not only our salvation (the idea that you can not keep all your eggs in one basket), it is inherent in our very nature — to evolve, move on and conquer new horizons.

Even our more timid attempt in space bring us a lot of benefits — technology using satellites and some breakthroughs in science.

What can be this colonization? Perhaps it will be something like a von Neumann probe — self-replicating spacecraft that will fly to the next star system, where it will produce for us minerals and create their replicas, which, in turn, will go to other star systems with the same purpose.

So far in our galaxy interstellar travelers could not see, and therefore became the so-called "Fermi Paradox", which can be formulated as follows: "The connection widespread belief that in the universe there is a significant number of technologically advanced civilizations, the lack of any -some observations that would confirm it is paradoxical and leads to the conclusion that either our understanding of nature, or our observations are incomplete and erroneous. "

So, it is quite possible we will be the first and only civilization with colonial ambitions in the galaxy.

5. The interior of the

Another alternative idea — an ideal and serene existence can be achieved by overloading your mind into giant supercomputers. Computers enormous computing power — such as mega called "brain-matryoshka" proposed by Robert Bradbury, will use the full power potential of the planet to operate the computer system.

Or civilization will find a way to build a so-called "Dyson Sphere", which is a relatively thin spherical shell with a star in the center. Thus, will be solved once two global problems — living space and energy, which in abundance will be available from the central star.

6. Eternal bliss

British philosopher David Pearce, in his "hedonistic imperative" formulated the idea of building a paradise on earth, which is to create a biological program to get rid of all kinds of violence, suffering and disease.

The emotional life of man must be governed by special synthetic drugs (but not drugs) regulate mood. And in the long term it is necessary to rewrite the genome of all vertebrates, so that in the animal world was not any more suffering.

What really turns our future — no one knows. One thing is clear — there are plenty of options for development, more than we can even imagine today.

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