Sunday, 15 September 2013

Intelligent Machines to Space Colonies: 5 Sci-Fi Visions of the Future

WASHINGTON — Humanity has reached a bottleneck this century: Technical developments could cause catastrophic damage to the planet, or they could save humanity from its man-made quandary.
The future of civilization could be a dystopia of ruined ecosystems and malevolent machines, or a paradise of eternal life and intergalactic culture. At a symposium on the longevity of human civilization here at the Library of Congress Thursday (Sept. 12), several of the nation's leading scholars and futurists predicted what the coming centuries may bring.
"Everything I say today will probably be wrong," Scientific American journalist David Biello said at the start of the event