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Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.
Well, if we don’t immolate ourselves first, some interesting things await for us in the future. :)
I’m glad that our Universe is so large that we shouldn’t have to worry (much) about being erased as a species by a gamma ray burst. :)
Health fads come and go, some shouldn’t, but some should definitely make a quick exit. Here is a guide to the good and the bad.
**Update** – One of our merry band of contributors here at DWR, Bleatmop, astutely pointed out that the last graph that was posted here, has some glaring problems with accuracy of the claims being made. That infographic has been removed from DWR and replaced with another with links to where they got their data from. Consider visiting Information is beautiful.net to see the graph in its full size and interactive format.
Link to studies cited in poster here.
Context is nice with regards to where we are and what we are doing in the world. Predictably, the religious find a great deal wrong with this video as it is based on reality as opposed to magic. :)
Oh, it was that easy? :)
The Fermi paradox or Fermi’s paradox, named after Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates, e.g. those given by the Drake equation, for the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi (1901–1954) and Michael H. Hart (born 1932), are:
- There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are similar to the Sun, many of which are billions of years older than Earth.
- With high probability, some of these stars will have Earth-like planets, and if the Earth is typical, some might develop intelligent life.
- Some of these civilizations might develop interstellar travel, a step the Earth is investigating now.
- Even at the slow pace of currently envisioned interstellar travel, the Milky Way galaxy could be completely traversed in about a million years.
According to this line of thinking, the Earth should have already been visited by extraterrestrial aliens. In an informal conversation, Fermi noted no convincing evidence of this, leading him to ask, “Where is everybody?” There have been many attempts to explain the Fermi paradox, primarily suggesting either that intelligent extraterrestrial life is extremely rare, or proposing reasons that such civilizations have not contacted or visited Earth.
My thoughts are quite simply this: What race would want to contact us? If they read the papers or browsed our interwebs, do you think they’d want any part of humanity? :/