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Immanentize the Eschaton

I wonder how people who don't read SF think about the future? Do they have the same range of scenarios and speculations that we do? Do they feel happier than I do just shrugging their shoulders and thinking 'wait and see?' Do they imagine that things will continue much as before?


Poll #545683 Don't Immanentize the Eschaton

Which of these do you think will happen in your life time?

Catastrophic climate change
0(0.0%)
Collapse of US as dominant power
0(0.0%)
Radical changes to human genome
0(0.0%)
Permanent base on Mars
0(0.0%)
Religion crushes science
0(0.0%)
End of democracy/ freedom
0(0.0%)
Global epidemic, killing 10% or more of us
0(0.0%)
'Singularity'*
0(0.0%)
Nuclear war on a big scale
0(0.0%)
Biological war on a big scale
0(0.0%)
Fossil fuels run out, replacements not that good
0(0.0%)
Exploitation/settlement of Antarctica
0(0.0%)
Travel to stars
0(0.0%)
Something huge and life changing that I can't imagine yet
0(0.0%)
Things will carry on for me much as they were for my parents
1(7.1%)

How do you think normal life in your country will change in the next twenty years?

more prosperous and happy
1(7.1%)
we'll be tightening our belts
4(28.6%)
materially better off but worse in other ways
6(42.9%)
very serious challenges such as not enough food or social breakdown
1(7.1%)
no idea
2(14.3%)


Comments welcome

* The singularity is the idea that exponential improvements in AI will render human culture/physcial existence more or less obsolete - some people think it is just round the corner
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