Mars Settlements, Anti-Aging Expected in 20 Years

April 27, 2017

I wrote a piece a couple of years ago about advances being made in medical technologies that would greatly increase life expectancy for your children and mine. For instance my son, who is now fifteen could reasonably be expected to live beyond the century mark. Some say a fifteen year old now could live to be 120 years old, and maybe even 130, if medical advances continue as expected.

That prospect got me to researching what experts predict life will be in the future. Here’s some technologies that are expected to be in place within 15 years:

Mike Wilcox Mike's Musings Columnist

Mike Wilcox
Mike’s Musings Columnist

Artificially Intelligent Personal Assistants. We now have SIRI on our Apple phones, but 15 years from now expect your personal assistant to be able to have conversations with you. They will know everything about you. They will be our virtual clones, writing emails for us, booking appointments and performing simple tasks.

Computers will be everywhere. Information processing devices, the size of pinheads, nearly invisible, will be in our clothes, contacts, shoes etc and will be endowed with a certain level of intelligence to perform tasks and communicate with us in English.

Climate change will not be a problem. Megascale Geoengineering will allow us to control our weather as well as grow artificial trees, fertilize oceans, enhance ocean alkalinity and more.

An interplanetary internet. It is a given that we will have explorers on Mars by 2030. If Elon Musk, founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, has plans to send 80,000 people to Mars within 25 years. Bas Lansdorp, founder of the Mars One Project, says he will have explorers on the planet within 6 years. One of the first things the first explorers plan to do is set up an internet connection between Mars and Earth. We have the technology, now we just need to get to Mars.

Anti-Aging will become reality. In what form we don’t know, but futurists and gerontologists are rapidly making progress as we speak. It could be a genetic tweak, not unlike the one Cynthia Kenyon performed on roundworms to extend their lifespan by 50%; or it could involve isolating genetic factors that make some of us live currently past 100.

Autonomous robots with a license to kill. Killing machines are a grim and frightening prospect, but are virtually guaranteed. Warfare in the 2030’s and beyond will be fought by robots, who can identify and kill without human input. These robots will eventually exceed humans intelligence-wise and could create an arm’s race, like this world has never seen.

Lab grown organs and meat. 3-D printers are on the verge of becoming the 21st centuries most important technological development. 3-D printers will be able to bioengineer body parts. One has already made a cybernetic ear that utilized embedded electronics. 3-D printers can produce guns, aircraft wings, and even certain foods, including meat.

3-D printers in every home. 3-D printers will have the ability to produce most of the day-to-day products we use right from our home. At first we will have to pay to download specs, but eventually most of these specs will be shared and free. Such items as vaccines, self-assembling robots and androids, guns and ammunition and various foods will be produced by the 3-D printer in our homes.

For a guy that was stuck with watching a black and white television in the 60’s and then thought the fax machine was the greatest invention ever, it is difficult to grasp that a common ordinary household printer will be able to produce a delicious ribeye steak. But that’s what the new world will be- and sooner than later.

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