2042: A Choice of FuturesScience and technology affect human dstiny so profoundly that we are compelled to try to foresee their developments and social consequences, even 50 years into the future.
Illustration by Robert Sprouse |
Predicting the future has always fascinated and interested mankind. The interest is beyond wanting to know the future, to wanting to be ...
Materials and Energy
Earth's natural resources will be converted to useful energy
and products, and conserved by recycling, with unprecedented
The Universal Robot
The development of intelligent machines may proceed until,
like children, they inherit everything that we are. ...
Transportation and Communication
Faster, cheaper means of moving people, materials, and
information will emerge--if consumer demand is great enough. ...
Micro- and Macro-Biological Technologies
Reading the molecular book of life, researchers will solve
problems ranging from hereditary diseases to food shortages
and overpopulation. ...
Machines will give physicians imperial powers of diagnosis,
therapy, transplantation, and control of body functions. ...
Inhabiting the Oceans
Life on the sea, on floating, man-made islands, could become
a worthwhile and environmentally sound alternative to life on
Living in Space
Life in the future may depend on those who enjoy living on
inside-out worlds that supply earth with clean energy. ...
A Visit to Belindia
Awakening from cryonic suspension in the 2040s brings good
news and bad news. ...
A Utopian World
Abundance, tolerance, local autonomy, global reconciliation,
and hope prevail....
An Address to the Council
The chairman of the World Council reports that only a radical
transformation of technologies can avert total disaster. ...
A Land of Empty Abundance?
The power and wealth from technology will be squandered if
the wellsprings of morality are not renewed. ...
The world will be dominated by computers, drugs, and genetic
engineering to totally control human society. ...