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, Science Fiction will be created from modules, like software.

Standard libraries of modules will provide provide capsule ideas for technology, environment, characters, etc.

In the more distant future, writers will develop a Sci-Fi Generalized Description Language (SFGDL) to describes how the above modules can be linked to create a story, drawing/comic, poem, or other media. This would allow for science-fiction to be single-sourced and output into any desired medium.


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


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