10 THINGS THAT WILL NOT EXIST IN THE FUTURE
From utopian visions to apocalyptic warnings, many scientists, philosophers, and even a few psychics have offered their predictions for the future that awaits us.
Number 10. Conflicting governments. Some experts say the current rapid pace of globalization is a telltale sign that in the future we will have only one government. Sociologist John Hughes has said that not only is it possible, if we're going to tackle the big problems like human rights violations and climate change, it's essential.
Number 9. Multiple languages. By the 22nd century, an estimated half of the 7 thousand existing languages will likely have disappeared. Increasingly, people are abandoning localized tongues in favor of languages with more reach, like English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Since a common language makes global trade and communication easier, the trend suggests that most of the languages would die off over time.
Number 8. Manmade machines. When science fiction writers proposed that someday machines would be able to replicate themselves, their assertions were considered good fiction, but not prophecy. Fast forward about 7 decades, and we have 3D printers that can, in essence, print versions of themselves.
Number 7. Snail Mail. The United States Postal Service continues to report billions in losses, in large part because people don't send enough mail. Given that the masses clearly prefer to email, text, tweet, Instagram, and so on, it's not hard to imagine that traditional post may someday become a relic of the good ole days.
Number 6. Brick and Mortar Stores. Online shopping is a great choice unless you're on the hunt for something that's best smelled or touch before being bought -- for now anyway. Technology is quickly overcoming that obstacle. Japanese developers recently announced that they've developed a screen that can emit scents.
Number 5. Cancer. Recent developments in targeted treatments, particularly in battling lung cancer, have been producing positive results, giving both researchers and patients new hope that a cure is close.
Number 4. Drivers. Driverless cars aren't legal yet -- in fact they're not even legal to test in most states -- but that hasn't stopped technology giants like Google and auto makers like BMW from developing them. As the technology gets smaller and the designs sleeker, taking a nap while your car does the navigating is closer to becoming possible. It's not a question of if but when our highways will be full of self-driven cars.
Number 3. Cable TV. Sitting down and watching a television show as it's being broadcast for the first time is already so 20th century. With all of the streaming options available, it's already tough to imagine enjoying a program any time other than exactly when you feel like it.
Number 2. Solid Food. With populations expected to balloon, and the quantity of viable agricultural land decreasing, synthetic substitutions, possibly in the form of pills, may become necessary.
Number 1. Separate Continents. It may take 250 million years, but scientists believe all of the continents will one day again join and become a single super-sized land mass.
What do you think from our present times will not be around in a hundred years?
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The day of living like the Jetsons, mechanized maid and all, gets closer all the time. Here are 10 great robots, some of which are even available to the public.
Number 10. Honda's Asimo. The humanoid robot stands a bit over 4-feet and weighs in at 119 pounds, but its developers have packed a whole lot of functionality into its modest frame. Asimo can do sign language, play soccer, and even serve drinks.
Number 9. Kuratas. If you've ever dreamed of being the pilot of a great big robot, this is...
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Number 10. Earth may be in one. According to one theory, everything that created our planet and the universe itself was sucked into a black hole before the big bang occurred. They say it's the only way to explain how the source got that small.
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For some species bringing new life into the world also serves as a final act.
Number 10. North Pacific salmon. The spawning process of the different species of these fish is an arduous one. First they swim, sometimes thousands of miles, to their own birthplace. They make nests until exhaustion overtakes them and often die after their eggs are laid.
Number 9. Mayflies. They live only to procreate and keep the family line going. After spending a year developing, the flies venture into the world and...