Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:04 pm Post subject: Interesting Visions/Predictions of the Future
Professor Stephen Hawking warns 'the end of the world is nigh' and Earth could be engulfed in a 'ball of fire'
Esteemed physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has dramatically warned 'the end of the world is nigh'.
The Cambridge University-based genius claims we have got less than 600 years left as a species to do something before a “ball of fire” engulfs the Earth.
In a video appearance at the 2017 Tencent WE Summit in Beijing on Sunday, the world-renowned scientist warned that overcrowding and energy consumption could bring about a fiery end to the planet within 600 years.
The end would come in a “ball of fire,” he is reported to have said, according to the Cambridge News.
To save itself, mankind must take a cue from American TV series "Star Trek" and “boldly go where no one has gone before,” he said in the appearance.
Bill Gates is sounding the alarm on what could be a trillion-dollar technology.
And when Bill Gates speaks, it pays to listen.
The company he founded, Microsoft, was a critical part of the PC age. Even today, 15 years after retiring, he is worth an unimaginable $90 billion dollars.
Now he’s telling you, and anyone else who will listen, that the next tech boom could be even bigger. And if he’s right, early investors in this super-trend could become rich. Just like the lucky individuals who invested in Google, Amazon, and Microsoft in the beginning.
Bill Gates isn’t alone. Top business leaders are beginning to wake up.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, said he thinks this new technology is the key to Amazon’s future. Even super investor Warren Buffett says that it will have a “hugely beneficial social effect.”
When so many successful people are all saying the same thing, it pays to listen.
I've laid out the full story on this incredible tech trend in a FREE report.
And you are going to want to see this report before you invest $1 on any tech company.
Psychic who foresaw Trump's win reveals predictions for 2018... including revolution in North Korea and Prince Harry's engagement
A psychic who predicted the election of Donald Trump has revealed his expectations for 2018.
Craig Hamilton-Parker's list includes a revolution in North Korea that brings down Kim Jong-un's regime, a terrorist incident on a British motorway, a chemical weapons attack by drones on a European capital and Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle.
He previously forecast Brexit, Trump's victory and the Nice terror attack.
He said on his blog: "2018 will be a year of political turmoil and environmental crisis caused by dramatic and unprecedented weather."
Here are the highlights from the medium and psychic teacher's list...
Mount Vesuvius in Italy will erupt and Naples will be evacuated.
There will be an increase in seismic activity - including places that have been tremor free for 1,000 years - with one very serious earthquake in New Zealand.
The southern seas will be impassable in places due to a massive ice shelf breaking from the Antarctic.
There will be wild fires in California and Australia, as well as flooding in India and China.
There will be record hurricanes in the Caribbean.
Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows
Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.
Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy, it is argued.
The link between Earth’s rotation and seismic activity was highlighted last month in a paper by Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
“The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,” Bilham told the Observer last week.
We asked Order of Canada members about what they think the next 50 years will hold in their areas of expertise. They shared a mix of predictions, insights, advice and personal experiences. See what they had to say as part of this series!
We are now on the threshold of a dramatic transformation in the field of organ transplantation, probably the biggest advance since the advent of transplantation itself: the ability to maintain organs at normal body temperature outside of the body. This will enable us to diagnose and treat organs with a personalized medicine approach, as we do for patients. Each organ will be treated in a personalized, targeted fashion to diagnose and treat specific conditions. We will have the opportunity to transplant superior organs with predictable excellent performance and longevity. The technology to repair and modify organs will enable us to build “super-organs”—organs that can be made to look like “self” so the recipient immune system will not reject the organ. Our goal is to build organs that will outlive the host recipient. A patient that has once defied death from end-stage organ failure will not have to face failure of that organ again.
Beyond transforming the technique of lung preservation, we have also begun to transform the practice of transplantation. We have introduced the concept of the organ repair centre, the first of which was established at TGH in 2008.
Devices that have only one use like calculators, alarm clocks, and digital cameras are being replaced by smartphones.Phone chargers and headphones with cords are also fading out in favor of wireless models.Paper is going digital, from magazines to maps to regular paperwork.
Technology develops at a staggeringly quick pace in today's world - even watching movies from a few years ago can provide opportunities to snicker at characters' outdated cell phones.
We're not sure what wildly innovative ideas the future will bring, but we have a pretty good sense of which devices will fall into disuse.
Here are 30 things that will probably be obsolete by 2020.
A Tarot Reader Weighs In On What's In Store For 2018
As 2017 fades into the background, most people can agree on one thing: Last year was a wild and uncomfortable ride. For those who consult the tarot, this came as no surprise. Overall, 2017 was governed by the Wheel of Fortune, tarot’s hand of fate. This meant that things were going to change for better or worse — and whether we liked it or not.
Because of this volatility, we’re approaching 2018 exhausted to the core and anxious about what’s next. Will this year be a repeat of the last? Can things get better? Or worse?
Let’s begin by finding out the general theme for 2018. You can figure that out by adding up the numbers in the year itself (2+0+1+. The result is 11, which corresponds to Justice, meaning that 2018 will be ruled by Justice.
Read on to discover what that entails, and what else the tarot has to say about 2018.
Theresa Reed as been a professional, full-time tarot reader for more than 25 years. She is the host of the popular podcast, Tarot Bytes , and the author of The Tarot Coloring Book. Theresa lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.
Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.
What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.
With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.
Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two — and one part will be led by China
Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China.
Schmidt shared his thoughts at a private event in San Francisco on Wednesday night convened by investment firm Village Global VC. The firm enlists tech luminaries — including Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Diane Green — as limited partners, then invests their money into early-stage tech ventures.
Hollywood movies have envisaged a future of hoverboards and flying cars - these imaginary machines might not be too far from reality. By 2030 a quarter of shared passenger miles traveled on America's roads could be in self-driving vehicles. It's believed eight out of ten people will be using Robotaxis in cities where available by 2035. There will also be more emphasis on sharing journeys. All this could reduce the number of cars on city streets by 60 percent, emissions by 80 percent, and road accidents by 90 percent.
And then there are flying cars - or more accurately - passenger drones and helicopter hybrids. Uber is investing heavily in this technology. Los Angeles, Dallas, and some states in Australia could see test flights within a couple of years - but these cross city flights will require changes to air traffic control systems, which will probably take longer to develop than the flying vehicles themselves.
Traveling across country could be far quicker too. China is leading the world in high-speed bullet trains that are capable of traveling over 400 kilometres per hour. By 2020, 80 percent of the country's major cities could be linked to the network. But for high-speed travel, the ambitious Hyperloop could leave bullet trains in the dust. It's an ambitious system in which pods move along tubes in a mere vacuum. The lack of air resistance means pods could reach speeds of over 1,000 kilometers per hour.
Virgin wants to deliver a fully operational Hyperloop system by the mid-2020s. The company claims its Hyperloop pods could travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 30 minutes. But the potential dangers of travel at such great speeds, and the cost, mean the Hyperloop will not be a reality for decades.
In the air, the makers of supersonic jets are promising to slash travel times too. Arion wants to carry 12 passengers in luxury at 1.4 times the speed of sound - about 60% faster than typical aircraft today, and rival Boom hopes to be flying its supersonic airliner by 2023, carrying 55 passengers up to 2.2 times the speed of sound.
Skeptics say these ideas are impractical and expensive, with many technical challenges to overcome. Despite this, tech and engineering companies are boldly taking up the challenges of passenger transit - promising to propel us into the future
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The New Silk Roads
The Present and Future of the World
About The New Silk Roads
From the Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of The Silk Roads
'Masterly mapping out of a new world order' – Evening Standard
The New Silk Roads – a brand new book by Peter Frankopan – takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today.
The world is changing dramatically and in an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established.
Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In this prescient contemporary history, Peter Frankopan assesses the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the west.
This important – and ultimately hopeful – book asks us to reread who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihoods depend.
The Silk Roads, a major reassessment of world history, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
To understand the tech lords, look to their libraries
Science fiction has left an indelible mark on some of the world’s richest people
LITERARY TYPES have long been sniffy about science fiction. Ian McEwan, a feted British novelist, has been at pains to distance his most recent book, about an intelligent android, from “sci-fi”, even though the idea is one of the most picked-over tropes in the genre. Such snobbery is misplaced. Humans are technological animals. Science fiction explores how that power might be used, what sorts of worlds might be built with it and what sublime new estrangements and transcendence may follow. It is a literature of ideas, and, as John Maynard Keynes observed (in a different context), the world is ruled by little else. To see the force of Keynes’s point, consider how the world’s richest man plans to spend his fortune.
On May 9th Jeff Bezos outlined his thoughts about the future of humanity. The founder of Amazon sells $1bn-worth of shares a year to fund his rocket company, Blue Origin, which wants to cut the cost of space flight, put tourists into space and help return humans to the moon. That is only the first part of a grander scheme to spread humanity throughout the solar system in artificial habitats. He is not alone. Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the goal of establishing a self-sufficient colony on Mars. Yuri Milner, a Russian tycoon, has promised $100m to send a robot to Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to the sun.
Mr Bezos is open about his influences. He grew up reading Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, with their stories of rebellious lunar colonies, idiot-savant robots and societies founded on “psychohistory”, an amalgam of economics, history and what is now called big data. “Star Trek”, with its humane, liberal and internationalist re-imagining of the American frontier spirit, was another favourite. Decades later, Mr Bezos is using his money to help bring such a future about, rather as Heinlein’s D D Harriman did in “The Man Who Sold the Moon”.
Scratch a Silicon Valley nerd and chances are you will find similar influences, and similar ideas about how the future should look. One of the tech industry’s favourite writers is Iain M Banks, a Scottish socialist whose knockabout space operas were set in and around “the Culture”, a spacefaring utopia. Amid worries about superintelligent computers and robots taking jobs, they are a tonic. In Mr Banks’s society robots have indeed taken all the jobs, but the result is inexhaustible material abundance. Sentient beings, organic or artificial, are free to flourish. Everything is run by nigh-omnipotent and mostly benevolent AI philosopher-kings.
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