Tomorrowland: 10 Ways Science Fiction is Becoming Science Fact

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Adapted from the book "Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact"

http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrowland-Journey-Science-Fiction-Fact/dp/0544456211

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Tomorrowland: 10 Ways Science Fiction is Becoming Science Fact

  1. 1. TOMORROWLAND OUR JOURNEY FROM SCIENCE FICTION TO SCIENCE FACT BY STEVEN KOTLER
  2. 2. SCIENCE FICTION IS RAPIDLY BECOMING SCIENCE FACT AND LOOK OUT. WE’RE NOW JUST TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD, WE’RE UP-ENDING AGE-OLD BELIEFS, PUNCTURING PARADIGMS WE HAVE LONG TAKEN FOR GRANTED. “FOLLOW YOUR WEIRD,” SAID AUTHOR BRUCE STERLING. WELL, AS THESE 10 TECHNOLOGIES DEMONSTRATE, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED." STEVEN KOTLER
  3. 3. BIONICS - THE BIONIC MAN Future technology has always been about pushing limits. And there are no greater limits than the ones imposed by our own biology. Aging is the undeniable signal that the clock called life is winding down. But bionics opens the door for a new era of rebirth, where platitudes about second childhoods can now be reinforced by serious mechanistic heft. This means that the true impact of bionics will be mental as much as physical. We think we’re building new bodies, but we’re going to end up with new minds as well. TOMORROWLAND
  4. 4. MIND UPLOADING - THE GENIUS
 WHO STICKS AROUND FOREVER Imagine being able to upload consciousness onto a computer, to store our selves in silicon. This is the frontier known as mind uploading, and it is a truly wild frontier. Pretty soon, and for the first time in history, a living being will be able to experience the life of a dead one. Will we all eventually have our lives recorded for posterity? Will it get even stranger? Descartes told us: “I think therefore I am.” But what happens when someone else thinks you? Seriously, who are you now? TOMORROWLAND
  5. 5. Consider this scenario: Day one: You meet a blind man. Day Three: He can see well enough to drive a car around a crowded parking lot. The world’s first artificial vision implant capable of this feat already exists. Devices capable of augmented sight—eagle eyes, eyes that see colors outside of our visual spectrum, or eyes that have microscopic abilities—are not far behind. TOMORROWLAND AUGMENTED SIGHT --
 VISION QUEST
  6. 6. THE ARRIVAL OF FLYING CARS Aerospace engineer Dezso Molnar has built a machine that can fly high enough to clear tall mountains and drive fast enough to give Formula One racers a run for their money. And it’s here today. A few years from now, you’ll be able to assemble one from a kit. It is both the stuff of very old dreams and the very first flying vehicle that’s actually available to the masses. TOMORROWLAND
  7. 7. SPACE DIVING If you scratch under the surface of sport, you’ll quickly encounter the burgeoning science of play. Over the past few decades, a topic once dismissed as unimportant is now considered a fundamental biological process that helps us learn social skills, stimulate creativity and innovation, and test the limits of our own potential. But space diving is the next frontier—it’s proof that our need to play, interwoven with our urge to push limits, has finally left the planet. TOMORROWLAND
  8. 8. The curing of disease and the creation of life are among our oldest dreams. They are ideas that comprise our myths and legends, ideas that have been with us for so long that they are woven into the fabric of our being. But aspirational no more. The very first man-made mosquitoes are about to venture into the wild to combat some of the most devastating diseases on earth, marking the very first time a creature birthed entirely in imagination will take up residence in reality. TOMORROWLAND THE WORLD’S
 FIRST GENETICALLY
 -ENGINEERED INSECT
  9. 9. The very first trillionaire on Earth may be the person who figured out how to mine the sky, a process known as asteroid mining. Well, the economic engine that unlocks the solar system has finally arrived. Very soon, we will no longer be a one-planet species. TOMORROWLAND ASTEROID MINING --
 GALACTIC GOLD RUSH
  10. 10. Steroids have been the subject of one of the greatest misinformation campaigns in history. If you can get past their bad reputation, these drugs appear to cure some of our most intractable diseases and are a actual first step toward legitimate anti-aging medicine. They are the wonder drug of tomorrow, and they are here today. TOMORROWLAND THE TROUBLED SCIENCE OF LIFE EXTENSION
  11. 11. The promise of stem cells is considerable. But stem cells also elucidate an important point—how incredibly difficult innovation really is. This fight is far from over. Meanwhile, a middle-of-the-road estimate of how many Americans will die from diseases that stem cell research might soon cure is 130 million. TOMORROWLAND STEM CELLS: THE FINAL FRONTIER
  12. 12. THE FUTURE OF EVOLUTION The true power of future technology isn’t found in any one technology, it’s found in the aggregate impact of all these technologies. Consider evolution itself. Changes once measured in millions of years are now unfolding in a handful of decades. So, so long Homo sapiens. The results are fracturing our species. We are no longer human beings, we are now human becomings. TOMORROWLAND
  13. 13. THE FUTURE OF EVOLUTION The true power of future technology isn’t found in any one technology, it’s found in the aggregate impact of all these technologies. Consider evolution itself. Changes once measured in millions of years are now unfolding in a handful of decades. So, so long Homo sapiens. The results are fracturing our species. We are no longer human beings, we are now human becomings. TOMORROWLAND CLICK ON THE COVER TO GET THE BOOK AMAZON TRAILER

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