When it comes to innovation, scientists prefer to be forward-thinking in their ambitions. In other words, they plan for the future — far, far into the future. Most of the stories and undertakings that we’ve covered, and will cover shortly, all revolve around an estimated completion date of 2050 A.D. This is when the fruit of our labor will either come to life, or prove truly unattainable.
Thirty eight years from now, the world will be an alien environment compared to how we view it today. Everything from colonies on Mars and the Moon, to mile-high skyscrapers will be in their adolescent years of existence. Our knowledge of the universe and of our own planet will make us wonder how much left there is to see from the telescope, and we will plan our departure towards distant star systems.
Robots will walk among us as equals, with some resembling humans and others created for a variety of purposes. Wars will no longer be fought by men and women, but by drones and automated killing machines. Our climate will face drastic alterations in between then and now, but we’ll have designed solutions to fight back against the Earth’s changes. We will be stronger.
These are the visions and predictions of expert analysts today. While planning for the future isn’t an exact science, 2050 is the logical choice for a due-by date. If we are blessed to live long enough to see these presages become realities, then all that we have driven towards as a society will have been successful. It is our human nature that motivates us to innovate and excel, however, our aspirations must be founded on the principles of bettering mankind and continuing the survival of our species.
Mars-One is planning an excursion for the Red Planet within the next decade. SpaceX found Elon Musk has also discussed his company’s plans to colonize our neighboring world. Establishing a habitat on Mars is no longer a pipe-dream quest for discovery and bragging rights, but a very real necessity if we are to expand and grow as a collective. And while we wait for those first steps to be accomplished, Peter Thiel has a great plan to move our homes into floating cities on the ocean to keep up with the population boom.
One hundred years from now, a generational spaceship is scheduled to launch from Earth. But that prediction may be fifty years more than we need, if BTE Dan has any say in the matter. Five decades ago, we hadn’t even set foot on the Moon. Today, we’ve launched a satellite out of our solar system, discovered potential Earth-like planets, and created scientific marvels that nobody foresaw even ten years ago.
Moore’s Law loosely states that our tech capabilities increase at an exponential rate every 18 months. This means that by 2050, we’ll have doubled our current capacities approximately 33 times. It’s a wonderfully terrifying world that can be painted by imagining the consequences of our actions.
Nonetheless, 2050 AD is when the show begins, and whether or not this existence we’ll have created is for better or worse, life invariably will continue. We are resilient, and have bounced back from horrible tragedies throughout history. Should they occur during our endeavor to reach the stars, we will start anew. 2050 is a milestone on the historical timeline, and will mark the beginning of great things to come.