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Life In The Future
A Not Too Serious Look at New Inventions,
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The latest revisions March 7, 2021; edited Apr. 28/24.

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In 2010 They Created Synthetic Life.
The new goal: to replace the entire petrochemical industry.

We can now receive a digital gene in an email, then put it through a biological converter which creates an analogue, synthetic gene that can then be inserted into a living organism. Within one second, that organism changes its protein and membranes in response to the inserted gene. In the future, they hope to boot up more synthetic life. It will be a biological revolution.

They are developing a Synthetic Organ Designer, computer software which will allow a person to custom design bootable organisms. In other words, you can get the appropriate gene in an email which you can then put through your personal converter box. The box will produce your own drugs, vaccines, and antibiotics (if there is a new superbug, an antibiotic can be created in 48 hours). The dream is that you will also be able to produce your own fuel: hydrogen, octane, deisel fuel, or methane. Oil spills will eventually be cleaned up using new strains of algae, algae which will be custom designed to just eat it up.

Craig Venter, the leader of the group that created the first synthetic life, expects to find living organisms on Mars. If the organisms can be easily mined, then, after receiving an email from earth, they can use a Digital Biological converter to produce whatever they want. They won't have to fly a dining table up there, they will simply make one.



Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Link to an 11 minute TED TALK:
A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset
(February, 2016).

Link to a 6 minute CBC report on
The Future of Virtual Reality
(December 29, 2015).

Five future uses of this technology:
(1) use for story telling. Virtual reality is "the last medium" for story telling. It can also be called "an empathy machine."
(2) it allows for online shopping in 3D.
(3) learn to overcome a fear by gradually being exposed to it.
(4) use for 3D phone calls with the caller being projected in front of you.
(5) holograms can replace your computer screen by giving you a bunch of screens with the help of augmented reality glasses.

A company called Void wants to open virtual reality theme-parks in cities all around the world.   [https://twitter.com/voidvr]   It will open its first entertainment centre, a virtual reality theme-park, in Utah in the autumn 2016. The big difference between virtual and augmented reality is whether the images join you as holograms in your living room (augmented) or transport you to another world (virtual).

So, it is expected that we will go from using a PC on your desktop, to the smartphone in your pocket, to a wearable screen (glasses in front of our eyes).

reality at
Ted Talk (326 kb).
Making use of Augmented Reality glasses which show a space man.
The space man is projected in the auditorium for the purposes of a TED talk.
Photograph courtesy of TED (Feb 18, 2016).



the Mars
rover photofrom NASA -  (184 kb).
A 2015 self-portrait taken in Gale Crater on Mars by The NASA Rover Curiosity (AP/NASA).

NASA Now Believes That

Photographs have shown darkish gully streaks which appear to flow downhill. Originally they thought it could be flowing water, but new reasearch suggests they are granular flows, grains of sand and dust sliding downhill. Mars today is very dry.

Here are 24 Photographs of Mars taken by NASA during the last 2000 days.



Using Nanobots to produce
factories of the future:

To the right is a nano church which is 1/1000 the width of a human hair. The printing of this church used a laser beam that was focused by mirrors onto a liquid resin which was hardened into this three-dimensional model.

It will soon become practical and affordable to print intricate nano-scale structures for use in microscopic machinery and medical applications. For medical purposes 3D scaffolds will give cells a structure to stick to, so custom-made living tissues can be constructed from cells. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) in an article by Tom Espiner, ZDNet UK, 13 March, 2012 17:21

In 2013, it is reported that they are working on the 3D printing of human organs. NBC News.com (2/20/13) The Bionic Eye: electrodes are implanted next to the retina. Then, the brain gradually learns to interpret the electrodes, so a blind person can gradually gain some sight. [RT television (www.rt.com) ].

a nano church which 
is 1/1000 the width of
 a human hair (75  kb).
A Nano Church (It is 1/1000 the width of a human hair.).
Photograph by Vienna University of Technology.




"Finally, Superman Vision."

See through objects:

At the University of Texas in Dallas a small microchip was tuned into the "terahertz" band of the electromagnetic spectrum. So the microchip is able to detect terahertz waves and turn them into images which can be viewed on a smartphone. Currently they are limiting the distance of their experiment to 10 centimeters or less due to privacy issues. From April 21, 2012 Calgary Herald, page A18;
article by Agence France-Presse San Francisco.





3D Printing


3D printing can print a wide variety of things:
  • the house and soon the skyscraper (youtube video: 2:30 min. April 2014).
  • a car that runs (youtube video: 43 sec. Sept. 2014).
  • human body parts (a May 2014 video: 3:38 min.). The hand, skull, kidney, skin grafts, and prosthetic eyes, nose and ears. They have also "printed muscle structures, bone and ear tissue so far."
  • Russian scientists have produced a bone cement which can be inserted into a crack in a bone. In time it completely dissolves as the human body replaces it with bone. (At the bottom of the short Aug. 4/15 news article.)
  • Printing pills. In the United States, the FDA approved drugs made from a 3D printer. The printing allows them to print up the exact dose, and to structure the pill so it disolves at the right rate. (A news story reported on August 4, 2015.)
a 3D
printer (326 kb).
3D printer for printing human body parts.
Photograph: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Feb 16, 2016).

This integrated organ and printing system is unique. It uses "biodegradable, plastic-like material" to form the shape of tissues, as well as water-based ink to hold cells and a series of microchannels to allow oxygen and nutrients to flow through. The idea is to make strong tissue that effectively integrates into animals and humans. They have had success with rats, so hope to move on to human trials in the near future. It may still be a decade before they move on to printing human organs.



[This item is designed for your BS detector.]

The Robotic Surgical Photocopy Machine:

By 2020 they will cut down on both healthcare costs and human errors by creating robotic surgeons. The robotic surgeon will work on demand, using perfect information, do a perfect job, and have a perfect record. Operations will cost far less because they will no longer need tests, labs, or an actual surgeon. Plus, operations will be faster because the robotic surgeon will work with eight hands instead of two. It will be quick; it will be amazing.

Using a computer chip instead of x-rays, ultrasound, etc.:
First they will implant a computer microchip into every major part of everybody's body. The chips will contain all the details needed to care for that part of the body: details that will be continually updated by the body. (All cells have a natural tendency to want to live so they will be easily trained to adopt an update-the-chip mentality.) No tests will be required. The chip will always contain perfect information which ensures a perfect operation. Once the microchips are implanted you will be good-to-go.

How the operation works:
Since people tend to ignore bad symptoms, a buzzer will be installed. It will sound with the first hint of a symptom, so people will know when to drop everything and run off to get an operation. Maybe on a Monday morning, after a rough weekend, your liver will be in rough shape. The buzzer will sound: it's transplant time.

First, scan the appropriate computer chip. There is nothing complicated about this, you will scan it in the same way you scan groceries at the grocery store. If you selected the wrong chip, not a problem. Just plug more money into the machine, and no doubt you will have better luck with your second operation. After the scan, the robot does everything automatically. When you get it right, the success rate will be 100%.

Buying an operation from a multi-purpose photocopier:
For convenience, the robotic surgeon will be attached to a multi-purpose photocopier at your local office store. Next to it will be a sink (so you can wash the problem area), and a recliner (so you can pause and regroup). On the opposite side of the photocopier will be the stands (so the crowds can have a good view without getting in the way).

So after your photocopying is complete, select liver transplant, plug in your money (make sure you pay for it all, so it doesn't stop when it's half done), scan the right chip, jump up onto the photocopy machine, and lay flat exactly 1/4" from the edge. Don't wiggle !   Don't text !   Stop talking !   There is absolutely no chance of human error, so you won't be shaking, you will be completely relaxed. The multi-purpose photocopier will command the eight arms of the surgeon to cut, yank, and paste. That's all there is to it. It'll be quick. You'll be amazed. It will be done to perfection. The beauty of it all is the robotic surgeon will be built without ears, so it won't get distracted or make errors when you scream in pain or cry out for help.











Use Facebook to enrich your life. (Turn it into a tool for the future.)
( Make it conform to your unique interests and needs.)


(1) Finding the benefits of Facebook (It has diversity. You can work with young, old, rich, poor, educated, or not, Etc.):
  • Create your own unique community. Become Facebook friends with relatives and friends from past and present.
  • Keep up-to-date with those you seldom see. Then when you do connect, you know immediately what to talk about.
  • Facebook is user driven. So people are free to skip over any posts by you or others which don't interest them.
  • You can present yourself well. Enjoy choosing the impression you want to make. You will evolve over time.
  • (2) Facebook criticism and response:
              (The media criticizes Facebook, partly because it is a major competitor.)
    (a) It is addicting; this is a real problem.
              ~ Choose how much time you allow for Facebook. Be deliberate! Tell your friends. They can be supportive.
    (b) It provides a bad environment.
              ~ Work with others to promote a standard of common sense and decency. Treat Facebook as a public place
                  where others are expected to conform. Challenge those who manipulate, who publish toxic beliefs and lies.
    (c) Some people are obnoxious and difficult.
              ~ Control the information and people you are exposed to. Adjust your preferences. Put irritating people on snooze.
    (d) It makes use of your personal information.
              ~ Only post basic information that is not personal. Don't give your real birth date.
    (3) Use all of Facebook's potential:
  • If you post an interesting photo, people will comment, and turn it into a story. So your photo increases in value.
  • Monitor and learn from the points of view of others. Share and evaluate new info. Is it important? How can it be applied?
  • Test out your beliefs. Avoid developing beliefs in isolation where you can miss things, fool yourself, or lose track of reality.
  • Work with your friends to create the environment you want. Facebook info can be supportive of your real life.
  • Facebook has a lot of influence on political issues.   Limit the toxic ! Learn; keep an open mind. When needed, walk away.
  • A Variety of Posters Can Be Shared on Facebook:

    The Dunning-
Kruger Effect

    The Incompetent Tend to Think They Are Competent.
    The chart shows the results of many studies: the confidence level of those who know little can be higher than the experts. So if someone speaks with strong confidence, they might make bad decisions due to limited knowledge and experience.

    Also, this chart can be helpful for everyone. Monitor your own reactions when you enter an unfamiliar field you care about. You will find that your feelings of certainty will gradually change to uncertainty as you study the gray areas and the processes, and gain experience. It takes a lot of time, work and experience before you can get into the expert side of the chart.


    Bing Definition: "The Dunning-Kruger effect occurs when individuals don't properly analyze their personal levels of competence. This is a cognitive bias in which incompetent people tend to think they are more competent than they actually are in a situation."



    Just a 
little joke.
    Facebook can quickly change from serious
    learning to a pleasant joke. We need to learn to shift gears. Stop and focus. Make sure you learn the important things.

    Image from my 2017 Facebook timeline.


little joke
    Some jokes provide valuable advice.
    You can work with your Facebook friends to control the nature of the posts. In Facebook you don't have to tolerate attack ads, Russian manipulation, or anything else that turns it into
    a hostile environment.

    Image from my 2018 timeline.

    Some Posters Give Good Advice:

little joke

    This is a pleasant reminder to look at the other person's point of view.
    Image from my 2017 Facebook timeline.

little joke

    When the left and right become divided politically, we can use this reminder that it is better for everyone to work together.
    Image from my 2016 Facebook timeline.

little joke

    This joke can remind us to look after ourselves, to monitor our decisions.
    Image from my 2017 timeline.

    Some Posters Provide Bad Advice:

little joke

    So, who created this?

    Sometimes the writer of a poster is a dreamer, not an expert or specialist. These posters need to be reported to Facebook.     What is a person supposed to do when their mother dies? Are they not allowed to cry more than once?
    Image labeled as from Gyan()ra which it says provides knowledge, information, news.
    From my 2017 Facebook timeline.

little joke

    This has horrible advice.

    The person giving the advice claims he/she was whipped "like there was no tomorrow." That would probably create concusions, and emotional damage. There would be buried hate and fear (although it could be numbed out, so the person might think they are okay). They are not in a positon to give advice.

    Some people would see these posters as professional and approved by thousands. So they would feel confident as they pounded the hell out of their children. There is a lot of research in this area which shows that severe discipline often causes serious psychological damage and learning problems. With the help of a Disney character, a lot of people were tricked into liking and sharing these posters.
    Image from my 2016 Facebook timeline.
little joke

    This is disturbing advice.

    Most people don't realize how important it is to be flexible. Countries are diverse, so people can't expect to get exactly what they want from their government. In a democracy, there needs to be flexibility while both the left and the right get consideration.
    Image from my 2016 Facebook timeline.

    Some Posters Twist Reality:
    So people become angry about a problem that doesn't exist.
    These posters are not jokes. They are sick mind bending propaganda.

    So liberals are wildly irresponsible?
little joke

    This exaggerates to the extreme.

    Only an angry person would believe that liberals want "no vetting process whatsoever." Unfortunately, there are a lot of angry people.
    Image from my 2017 Facebook timeline.

    So hate the poor?
    a bad 

    Also exaggerating to the extreme.

    How many people are on welfare? This creates unnecessary and unfair beliefs about the nature of our society. The result, a tendency to believe that welfare people are a huge problem. So welfare payments are cut for welfare recipients who find life to be a huge struggle.
    Image from my 2017 Facebook timeline.

    So get rid of government?
little joke

    A wildly distorted depiction of our system. This is disturbing image can make people angry over a problem that doesn't exist.

    The government does not take all the money and leave the people with only drips. The government spends a lot of money on schools, police, healthcare, roads, military, etc. and obviously, the people benefit from all that. Since this is just a joke, people let down their guard. So they tend to absorb this warped view of reality. The image manipulates to get people to believe we need to get rid of all government.
    Image from my 2017 Facebook timeline.


    How does the media impact your thinking habits?


    Our thinking habits tend to decline:
    Our thinking habits can change over time. As teenagers in school, most students develop healthy ways of thinking. But in the following decades, after students leave school, different habits of mind develop as they become busy, set different priorities and learn to take short cuts. Although some people adapt well, many get used to sloppy thinking. They make use of a variety of diverse media (including Facebook), and then struggle to interpret and put everything together into a reasonalbe understanding.

    We need to care about healthy thinking habits:
    It is more than just learning facts. When we jump through news stories on the Internet and on Facebook, and add bits from television, we can gain jumbled understandings. So it is good to know that many mainstream media news programs are run by well trained professionals who can help us gain understandings and encourage healthy thinking habits.

    How to build your own understandings:
    Chose your news sources carefully, then use critical thinking as you work to gain an adequate understanding. Be organized, learn the background, know the processes, keep it in sequence, note cause and effect, and ask yourself if it is practical. Also, you can gain important insight by understanding the opposite (it can be difficult, so set aside a block of time to look at the opposition's point of view). If possible, put all the facts on the table, and prioritize it all. As you work to gain understandings, monitor how much you remember.

    So building an understanding is challenging. That is why most mainstream media sources have highly qualified reporters and editors. They are not mafia people, dreaming up fake news. They are professional journalists who work hard to help you gain understandings. Search through them, learn what their biases are, and see which ones work best for you.











    Future Problems



              Global warming will have a HUGE impact on our future:

    The Dec. 2015 Paris conference got agreement from 195 countries. Also, four studies show that 97% of Climate Scientists believe that man made global warming is a serious issue that we have to address. These are important key facts that carry a lot of weight.

    There are still many people who do not believe in global warming. The answers on the Internet are hidden in a hodgepodge of poorly done and confusing web sites. There are many myths, so this website can be a handy reference: Skeptical Science.

    You can also refer to the video called Denial 101 which summarizes how it was determined that 97% of Climate Scientists are in agreement. Scientists are a diverse group, so it isn't surprising that there are 3% who do not agree. This gives the 97% figure credibility.

    Also, here are two websites from The United States: Environmental Protection Agency and The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


    10 Hotest Years
    From ClimateCentral.org Data from NASA as of January 14, 2021.

    It is important to know that the 20 warmest years on record
    have been in the past 23 years.

    Also, extreme weather continues to have devastating repercussions.




    An Epidemic of Obesity:
    (A Worldwide Phenomenon)

    In 2010, the statistics were showing that obesity had become a major problem. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States were overweight, and 34 percent are obese. [In 2024, it continues to be a major problem.]
    (The Associated Press, January 14, 2010)

    It isn't fair to blame 2 out of 3 people for having a lack of will power. Research shows that long-term weight loss is almost impossible (only 5% succeed) [In 2024 we are hearing about things that are probably changing that percentage. ]. We hear when people lose weight, but that is only temporary. They don't say anything when they eventually gain it back.


    Also, this link discusses the global epidemic, the trends towards obesity.

    It is true that people need more exercise, but that is a smaller part of the problem. People need to be given a choice, and to be told why they are getting that choice. Convenient foods which are NOT addicting need to be made available. I recommend the 2013 book by Michael Moss (a Pulitzer Prize winner) called Salt Sugar Fat. I notice that in 2024, some TV dinners have cut away down on salt.

    The food industry uses a wide variety of strategies to get us to buy food that makes us fat.

    Being overweight has had a staggering impact on our lifestyle; and it effects our health. How can any nation claim to be strong when it is full of round and wobbly people?



    From Couch Potatoes to Blobs:

    After television became popular we soon had the couch potato. Since then, things have become worse due to irresistible packaged food, fast food, and junk food. Our preferred activity has become sitting: sitting in front of the computer, our smart phone, or the TV. Even children prefer to sit rather than to play. So obesity and its complications have become a major problem, and some of us will become not much more than a blob.

    There is currently a battle going on which will determine the future shape of the human race.

    The food industry (that wants people to be fat) is up against the fashion industry (that wants people to be skinny) and the porn industry (that wants people to be lumpy). At this time, it is easy to see that the food industry is going to be the clear winner.

    The human body needs movement. More and more scientific studies are proving that regular movement (EG. exercise (which can be free and enjoyable) ) can be as beneficial as some drugs (which can be expensive, with negative side effects).

    If you are one of the many who avoid exercise, why not turn on some music and have some fun? It can be painless. If you don't like exercise, try a stretching program. So, choose the kind of movement you enjoy, then use a program (or an activity computer game) that helps you become fit.




    The basic nature of our society.

    We must realize that many corporations put profits before people.
    Profits are important because they maintain efficiency, motivation, and focus.
    But people are important too!
    Corporations have increasing in size by 8 fold in the past 50 years
    and so have gained a lot of power.

    So we need increased public awareness and more support for consumer action groups, in order
    to balance things out. Consumer action groups can ensure there are proper regulations in place.
    The average person needs to be given a chance to work and achieve their goals.
    They need a chance to become perky people, fit as a fiddle,
    tickled pink to be living a hunky dory life.

    However, we also need realistic expectations,
    because our world is complex and challenging !
    Some changes that we feel are right   can wind up making things worse.




    Free play prepares children for life.
    Computer play prepares children for LIFE WITH A COMPUTER:

    Parents need to learn that if their child plays at their computer, that is not the same as free play. The computer limits the behavior of children and damages their development. Excessive screen time for a child is far more damaging for them than it is for an adult.

    Many parents will model the wrong behavior. When they see their child is also on the computer, they will tend to ignore the fact that free play is known as "preparation for life."

    Free play allows for proper physical, mental, and emotional development. It helps children learn to cope with life, to concentrate, to relate with people, to do a job interview, and to cope with a job. It is also important in helping people develop relationships and a healthy family life.

    Too much computer play is only helpful if a child plans to grow up to marry a computer. When we spend so much time engaged with our cell phones, it is easy to imagine how engaging a robot will become. We will prefer a life sized robot to interact with, it will be far better than a phone.


    a relaxation sales place in 2015 - to represent using virtual reality and the computer controlling our lives - 314 kb

    When virtual reality becomes more fun than real life, some people will stop working at trying to cope with life.
    We need to be deliberate, and control how much we allow technology
    to dominate our lives.  
    {a 2015 photograph representing life in 2030}





    Bringing Sanity to the World:

    By 2025, it will be widely accepted that quality pre-schools, daycares, and kindergartens have an extremely important role to play in the future of our world. We need to recognize that some parents are psychotic, some have been damaged by drugs, some were damaged by war, and some are simply totally incompetent. Some parents were raised with abuse, so the parenting that comes natural to them is abusive. (I continue to be amazed at how self centered some people are. They assume that everyone is the same as themselves. They fail to realize that some people have major weaknesses which are problematic to society as a whole.)

    So childcare workers will be given the added role (after a little additional training) of monitoring and influencing parents, to prevent abuse and neglect. They are in the best position to ensure that children in ALL families are emotionally healthy, so they don't grow up to become another Hitler, a fanatical leader, a mass murderer, an abuser, a bully, an addict, a criminal, or a mental patient.

    We need to keep in mind that changing the bad behavior of a child is far easier and far less costly than attempting to change the behavior of a damaged adult. Damaged adults cause problems wherever they go, require increased policing, jails, judicial system use, mental hospitals, treatment programs, etc. All of this costs "Big Bucks" and gets limited results. [Just one year in jail costs over $100,000 per inmate.]










    Choosing Our Future Life



    People can now choose information from a wide variety of sources. So we have the power to choose what we feed our minds; so we can build our own reality. We can choose to live a healthier life, to enjoy life more; or we can choose things that cause damage. We need to also choose to work at gaining adequate understandings from our current diverse information sources. If we don't work at it, we can easily become unhinged from facts and reality.

    So as today's world quickly changes, we need to make reasonable choices about what kind of life we want to live. Keep in mind that if we don't decide, it will be decided for us. We will find ourselves doing things we don't really enjoy, things that harm our health, things that shorten our lives, or things with unexpected future consequences.


    walking into the 
downtown Calgary core - 32 kb

    In your journey through life, how do you
    want to travel?

    What kind of road do you want
    to travel on?



    Better Ways To Enjoy the Future

    Examples of Fun Activities


    ready for 
a long 
scenic 37 km

    Taking a journey
    on inline skates.

    14 different 
folk dances 
(performed at 
the 2007 Edmonton 
Heritage Festival.)

    A variety of folk dances.

    ice skating 
in the late 

    Ice skating.

    This guy tries to hang
 his bike on
 the lift cable

    This guy tries to hang his bike on the lift cable.

    Running downhill
through the bushes.

    Bikers follow a path
    through the bushes.

    an intense
heavy duty 
water fight.  (346 kb). .

    These rafts are engaged in war.

    a group on an inner tube

    A group riding an inner tube.

    running into each 
other for 
absolutely no 
reason at all

    Running into each other.
    Enjoying team sports.

    To comments and photos of these activities (includes links to videos). How do you think
    they compare to taking drugs, or the excessive use of video games and television?




    Notes:   There are a lot of experts who know far more than
    myself, so ideally they should be the ones running this website.
    Complex problems have complex solutions.   However, in our
    complex and busy world, my impression is that a file like this
    has practical value. When I chose to begin this project, it was
    because it needed to be done, and I had the time; it was not  
    because I'm packed with knowledge, insight, and education.
    I hope you are able to take what is here, work with it,
    and turn it into something constructive.



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