In the future, some people will be annoyed, while others will be outright paranoid

Get in touch with your future inner grump:
MODERN AND AWKWARD: The seven most annoying things about the future – Valleywag


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In the Future, Flying Cars Will Become Commonplace. High-Rise Condos Will Become Slums As Rich Move Underground for Safety.

Belaire Condominium [New York City], 12 October 2006, after being hit by a small aircraft

Belaire Condominium, [New York City] 12 October 2006, after being hit by a small aircraft. Image Source: Wikipedia. (Click Here for Main Article.)

Fortunately,

“An aircraft that can replace the automobile is still an object of fantasy and speculation. Such a flying car would have to be very easy to fly safely and be able to operate from driveways and parking lots with little or no special preparation.” (Source: Wikipedia, emphasis added.)

See also:

  • “Small, fixed-wing planes have been banned from flying along the East River in New York City unless the pilot is in contact with air traffic control, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday. The announcement comes two days after a plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle above the East River slammed into a skyscraper.” Source: CBS/AP, October 13, 2006

This post is dedicated to the memory of New York Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger. May we learn the lessons and remember.


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In the future, Buddhism and western/scientific philosophy will merge into a new Rational Buddhism

Rational Buddhism will discard any aspect of traditional Buddhism that cannot be scientifically disproved (i.e. anything based on faith alone, like reincarnation, Nirvana or Gods/Demons). Anything that is in fact scientifically disproved will also be discarded.


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In the future, scientific articles will be published with an Estimated Reliability Index (ERI)

In the future, scientific articles will be published with an Estimated Reliability Index (ERI) based on their level of methodological and statistical strengths and risk of bias (e.g. due to sponsorship/funding and/or conflict of interest). This would be similar to the usual (by now) disclaimer about the estimated accuracy of public opinion polls.


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In the future, lack of reaction to placebos will become a hot topic for psychological, neurological and genetic research

Do all the people who do not react to a placebo in a medical trial have anything in common? Is there a psychological group (personality profile?) or neurological trait that prevents placebo reactions? Is it related to general pessimism, lack of hypnotic suggestibility or to a logical, analytical mindset? Is there a genetic component or is it environmentally acquired? Is there a placebo-blocking centre in the brain? What useful things can we learn that may apply to other fields?


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In the future, the elevator will be waiting for you

Right now, an elevator does not know that you need it until you get to the elevator lobby, and press the Up or Down button. It also does not know how many people are waiting at each floor. So you have to wait. And wait… But in the future, you will be able to call an elevator ahead of time. You will be able to use a phone, web, PDA/Blackberry and/or a button on inside of the office door on your way to the lobby. So the elevator system will know that you need an elevator going up or down — ahead of time. It will also know how many people would need an elevator at each floor based on how many calls it gets from separate sources. So you will have a better chance of having the elevator waiting for you when you get to the lobby, for a change.


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Welcome to the Future!

In the future, this site will contain predictions produced using 99% inspiration and 1% perspiration 🙂


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