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Quoted by: >>3212943

>> No.3212892

>inb4 "robots, robots errywhere"

>> No.3212905
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Everybody will be American.

>> No.3212915

1) water will become as expensive as today's oil due to excessive pollution of natural fresh water reserves
2) reduction of private transportation to extremely high oil prices during post-peak-oil
3) increase in public transportation and expansion of railways, light rail, and bus networks
4) economy winds down due to high energy prices
5) human civilization enters a stagnant period of minimal innovation, reduced population growth, and increased mortality rates

>> No.3212925
Quoted by: >>3212946

>minimal innovation
>implying Apple Inc. won't still be around

>> No.3212926
Quoted by: >>3212940 >>3212950

There will be robots. Robots everywhere.

>> No.3212938

Fifty years is the horizon. You can't predict. Current trends are misleading.

Asia will have sunk into chaos, the USA and Great Britain will unexpectedly be ascendant again with powerful new technologies. Canada and Denmark will have fought a war in the melting arctic ocean, and a fragile peace now holds overseen by the US and Russia. Much of Africa will be desertified and billions will have perished. Ascendant Brazil will expand its sphere of influence into Central America. Next-generation propulsion technologies mean that space travel and asteroid mining are more akin to oil drilling, and the substantial drop in commodities prices owing to the vast new supplies brought in from the rest of the solar system have caused chaos throughout resource economies worldwide, leading to a new generation of strongmen and dictators.

>> No.3212939
Quoted by: >>3212949

>implying we can't get fresh water by running sea water through earth and boiling it
>implying there wont be cheap electric cars by the time buying gas become unfeasible
>implying people wouldn't just get off their ass and build some thorium reactors if energy prices got high
>implying implications

>> No.3212940

the robots will consist of lobotomized humans that are implanted with computer chips to improve work efficiency while reducing energy consumption.

>> No.3212943
Quoted by: >>3212950

1) No religion
2) Peace
3) WIN!

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>> No.3212949

1) desalinators are very expensive to operate, not to mention sea water is already be polluted with sewage to begin with
2) going from gas to electric cars will greatly increase the strain on power plants and doesn't solve the energy problem
3) thorium power isn't renewable and it's not as powerful as traditional reactors

>> No.3212950
Quoted by: >>3212960


Surprisingly prophetic. I assume you've given up on flying cars by now.

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>thorium power is not as powerful as traditional reactors

[citation needed]

>> No.3212960

We can have flying cars now, as well jet packs, but they are not feasible for everyday man.

The invention of anti-grav will take at least another 50 years. 40 for the physicist at CERN to invent it, then 10 for the engineers to put it inot everyday shit.

>> No.3212962

120 year life expectancy for the advanced world is normal due to biotech. Peasants in the rest of the world still eat shit and die
Teenagers are still shitheads.
The USA is polarized into the elite and the struggling poor.
Islam will remain a dominant force for the west to reckon with.
Most large mammals will be extinct in the wild and will only be seen in zoos.
North America will see a return of the multi-generation home.

>> No.3212965


Well, technically even fusion is not renewable, or anything is not renewable, because entropy. But If it gives us enough energy for 10 000+ years using current world consumption, it can be for all practical purposes considered as good as renewable. In 10 000 years we either kill ourselves or become transhumans and master fusion.

>> No.3212967
Quoted by: >>3212983

>thorium is inferior to depleted uranium as a 'fertile' material in fast reactor.


>> No.3212983


depleted uranium fast reactor is not "traditional". Both uranium and thorium fast breeder reactors are still better than current "traditional" reactors.

>> No.3213002

The moon will be a massive uranium/garbage dump.

>> No.3213003
Quoted by: >>3213006 >>3213012

Imagine recluses sitting in front of their computer 14 hours a day amplified a thousand times and with 5 senses virtual reality.

>> No.3213006
Quoted by: >>3213012


So.... the matrix....?

>> No.3213012

From what >>3213003 said, I guess so

Only difference is that it will be populated by fat neckbeards posing as lolis

>> No.3213019

>desalinators are very expensive to operate

The cost of desalinization is tied to the cost of energy. If you have an abundance of cheap energy, it ceases to be an expensive process.

>polluted with sewage

That's really not an issue we don't already handle, and pollution in sea water is nowhere near as severe as you're trying to make it out to be

>going from gas to electric cars will greatly increase the strain on power plants

Not if you build more power plants.

>doesn't solve the energy problem

On the contrary, more power plants would solve the energy problem quite handily. We only have a problem in the first place because we've neglected to do so.

>thorium power isn't renewable

Not even the sun is a renewable source of energy if you want to pick nits. Thorium's energy density is such that we can economically extract it even from places without dense deposits and likely fuel the whole world for tens if not hundreds of thousands of years.

If we can't figure out this whole fusion thing by then we probably deserve to fail.

>it's not as powerful as traditional reactors

No, it's not. It's even more so, generating upwards of 100 times as much energy from the same quantity of fuel as the plants we use now.

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