Top 5 Ways The Future Will Be Amazing…Maybe
Posted by johnnyredd
“Where’s my flying car? Where is my freaking flying car?!” Isn’t that the age old question? Well, maybe not the age old question, but definitely since the last half of the last century. You see when Science Fiction became so popular around the world, people started asking this question. Another question was, “Where’s my Jetpack?” In fact a book was even written about it, and other technological marvels that we haven’t yet acquired.
Other promises made were teleportation, living on the moon or other planets, robotic servants…wait a minute. Promises? I don’t think we were really ever promised anything were we? I think we as a species love to fantasize or speculate on how our world would be better if these technologies were available. But if you think of it more deeply it seems last century’s generation really just wanted to be a bunch of lazy fucks. Jetpacks so you don’t have to walk anywhere. Teleportation devices so you REALLY don’t have to walk anywhere. Robotic servants to do your cleaning and work.
But we’re not talking about your grandparent’s past and their future disappointments! We’re talking about our present generation and our future possibilities. Granted we still haven’t succeeded in the past’s future technologies. This list isn’t about the past hopes, but our present achievments that can make our future. And I think I may have just created a time/space paradox within this paragraph.
Today I bring to you the top 5 ways the future will be amazing…maybe.
5. Free Energy
Now when I’m talking about free energy, I’m not speaking of solar or wind power. We already have those up and running at fairly good success. I’m talking about energy that comes from virtually nowhere. The best example is the idea of a perpetual motion machine that can create more energy than is consumed to run the machine. I know what you’re saying. Perpetual motion machines violate the laws of conservation of energy, and also the second law of thermodynamics. That is what you were saying, right? But imagine if it was possible! Well Irish IT company Steorn has claimed just that.
Steorn claims that the machine uses magnets to harness the natural energy of the earth to create an energy output greater than the energy used. That sounds about right. Oh, but there is a problem. Under independent tests the machine just flat out doesn’t work. Steorn claim the machine can work, but have yet to patent the device. Sounds fishy to me. BUT I am not against the theory of magnets being used to harness the planets natural electromagnetic field to help with work output. In fact:
What confuses me is that Steorn, an Irish company, doesn’t realize that the Irish themselves are perpetual motion machines!
So maybe we are too far away from actually creating free energy. Perhaps it’s not even possible. Although I’m sure there was once a time when somebody said, “One day we will fly through the sky in a giant metal bird, that will carry hundreds of us across the sea!”, before they were promptly labotomized and left to rot in a cell.
4. Bionic Upgrades
Now we’re getting into the good stuff! Have you ever thought how cool it would be to take pictures with your own eyes? Not only pictures but perhaps be able to record your entire life as you see it and later download it onto your computer? You haven’t? Well I have! That sounds like some crazy science fiction shit, but you know what? IT’S ALREADY HERE! Well it is for this guy.
Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. What Spence and his team have done was manage to fit an electronic device, complete with power source, into his eye socket as a replacement to the prosthetic eye he has used since childhood. Their next step is to create a prosthetic eye complete with a wireless video camera to document his life from his point of view. This next step seems almost certain.
But why stop there? What about people who are blind? Could bionic eye technology help them regain their sight? It already has.
A man who has been blind for 30 years has taken part in an experimental procedure at a London hospital to artificially restore his vision–with a bionic eye. Ron, who has not revealed his surname, says he is now able to see the difference between white, grey and black socks, and follow white road markings.
Ok, now follow me on this. If a bionic eye can replace your original eyes by feeding a signal directly to your brain, then where would it end? Imagine if you could zoom in your own vision, or display data from your point of view, maybe even use infared or a night vision lens? You would literally be a cyborg!
I salut those daring enough to take the next step in either sight restoration, or having vision, no pun intended, enough to make due with their unfortunate situation. It’s inspiring enough to make me want to grab a fork out of the utensils drawer and go to town. But unfortunately my broke ass can’t afford health insurance, or a prosthetic eye, let alone a bionic one. I’d end up like this guy.
3. At Home Bio-Hacking
Yes, that literally is what it sounds like. Amature scientists have been popping up all over the country and have begun performing their own bio experiments, without the restraint of government, without regard to the so-called ethical code, and mostly without a degree in education. I’m all for it.
Another name for biohacking is DIYBio, which means do it yourself bio engineering, duh. The amature bio-engineers claim to be doing this as a way to discover cures for diseases, like cancer, that they feel the government is purposely preventing from surfacing. Of course I tend to believe this as well since there is immense profit for pharmaceutical companies, as well as health insurance companies, as well as doctors, as well as scientists, as well as pretty much anyone making money off our illnesses.
Now we’re not talking about those cheesy at home chemistry sets we had as a kid. We’re talking full blown biological experimentation, or genetic manipulation done from your own basement or garage. Here’s a description:
This open, free synthetic biology kit contains all sorts of information from across the web on how to do it: how to extract and amplify DNA, cloning techniques, making DNA by what’s known as oligonucleotides, and all sorts of other tutorials and documents on techniques in genetic engineering, tissue engineering, synbio (synthetic biology), stem cell research, SCNT, evolutionary engineering, bioinformatics, etc.
Soooo, we may have in our possesion the possibility, I’ve researched it, the ability to reboot our own skin cells to become stem cells and literally grow new organs to replace ones we currently have. They would also be completely compatible. We can, with enough dedication and patience, grow replacement organs at home, throw them in a cooler with ice, bring them to the hospital and have them replaced. Sort of like going to a mechanic. I wonder who would be against this?
Oh yeah, Fox News jumped all over this.
Well Fox News, I’ve already downloaded my own DIYBio kit. If you want to label me a bioterrorist, then trust me in that I will bring it to your doorstep.
2. Finally Unlocking the Secrets of Space
Yeah, that’s a lot to cover in one entry of a Top 5 blog post. Luckily I have my friend here to help me. Let me introduce you to The Large Hadron Collider.
You may of heard of the Large Hadron Collider in the news the last year or so. The reason? Well the purpose of this machine, 17 miles in diameter to be specific, is to attempt to recreate the Big Bang. Not just once mind you, but several thousand times, AT ONCE! What the scientists and engineers who built this machine want to do is try to discover the hypothesized Higgs Boson which is the last unobserved particle predicted by the Standard Model. So to do that they will try to recreate another hypothesized event in the the Big Bang.
Everyone who reads my blog understands that I love scientific discovery. I believe that truth is most definitely stranger than fiction, but what we have here is tad disturbing. Well I shouldn’t worry because these people obviously know what they are doing right?
“We don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Actual quote from Abraham Seiden, Professor of Physics, and potential doom bringer working on the Large Hadron Collider. Now don’t write me off as some paranoid nutcase, after all I’m not the one with literally the entire world, and possibly the Universe in my hands. Because the truth is they don’t know. I like the potential data that can be attained if there is ever a succesful run. But you see it seems the Large Hadron Collider always breaks down. It’s currently being worked on and should be up and functioning for another test run this September.
1. A Complete and Utter Dystopia
Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be. It’s getting late and Johnny Red is beginning to stir. Behold the future I hope comes about!
Really, seriously think about it, why would anyone want to live in a Utopia? A perfect world, a sterile, clean, life of mediocrity? Screw that noise! I want excitement and danger at my every turn. I want to KNOW that I could die in any number of ways at any given second!
I want Gas Masks to be all the rage!
I want robot uprisings!
I want to fight off radioactive mutant sewer dwellers!
I want to race through the post-apocalyptic wastelands in the Last of the V8 Interceptors as I battle for a tank of juice!
I want to fight for survival in the Zombie Apocalypse! This time for real!
That’s right. I want all of that! And with all the possible Dystopian futures I’ve seen in the movies, read in books, and played in video games, I’m guessing one of them is bound to happen!
One result Scientists are hoping to discover with the Large Hadron Collider, is if parallel universes actually exist, and if String Theory is real. Soooo, they may actually open up gateways to other dimensions, huh? Then anything could come through!
John Michael Gagnon…Johnny Red!!!
Posted on June 16, 2009, in Top 5's and tagged big bang theory, biohacking, bionic eye, divide by zero, diybio, dystopia, Free Energy, johnny red, large hadron collider, perpetual motion machine, This C.H.U.D.'s for you, where's my flying car?, where's my jetpack?. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.