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> *Originally posted by **[OmegaDoom](/forums/9/topics/269972?page=7#posts-6462424):***
> it may in fact be possible that they no longer have a clear distinction between organism and technology…
So, our own civilisation in a quarter century or so, then. Not very advanced these aliens.
lol. i think that’s a little optimistic (or pessimistic, perhaps), especially assuming what i meant by “no clear distinction between organism and technology”, since i meant it more psychologically, or profusely anyway.
but it only supports my case.
we shall see. typically, such predictions are always optimistic. i mean we should have flying cars by now, and moonbases, if not marsbases, lots of stuff. back to the future 2 is set in 2014… theoretically you’re probably right, but practice is always a little more sluggish, while unexpected developments rush passed it.
We already have flying cars, you _can_ buy them.
Augmented reality displays, like that shark in the film, do actually exist. Rare, but we do have them. We also have adverts capable of recognising where a person is, and responding to them.
I’m using some subject knowledge to base my predictions on, Omega. Knowledge of the capabilities of current soft robotics, and AGIs that we already have, plus the rate of growth. A quarter century sounds about right, going by previous growth rates.
that’s really cool. we got there, more-or-less. roadable aircraft is not exactly a flying car yet, can’t fly me accross elevated fly-ways from garage to garage, it’s still in infancy. but that was really cool.
and there’re no hoverboards yet, i’m sure. i mean, i think those “augmented reality displays” already existed when BttF was made. i remember seeing them as a kid in theme parks, most notably Disney World Paris (hey, i was a kid, what did i know Disney is just a pityful attempt at inventing American fairy-tales to entertain kids with for lack of folk-lore Americans feel a connection with, and a whole bunch of shady business). but i meant more the overal… of course, it’s just a movie.
but anyway, we shall see. i shall remain skeptic as always. but those flying cars finally coming, that’s…well mostly freaky, but that’s cool.