mailbox | Events that will change history

letter: with Ray Kurzweil
September 1, 2020


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Dear Ray,

Your talks inspired an idea I have for New Year’s: ranking the most significant upcoming events in history — that could happen within the next 1 -to- 5 decades. Human civilization is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs.

Here are some examples for the near-or-far future:

  • becoming multi-planetary through space travel
  • curing old age + all disease with genetic engineering or nano-medicine
  • inventing computer super-intelligence that can think like a human — aka: general artificial intelligence
  • creating artificial intelligence that uses language like a human — aka: pass the Turing test
  • inventing a direct method to transfer thoughts from person-to-person / person-to-device / device-to-person

And here are some of the most-advanced, trending topics today:

digital life:

  • virtual reality / augmented reality
  • crypto-currency + block-chain apps
  • quantum computing
  • 3D printing
  • AI doing things better than people —like self-driving cars, medical radiology, legal research, fraud detection
  • AI doing things people can’t —like processing huge quantities of data quickly

health-care + global society:

  • life extension
  • urban vertical farming
  • new energy solutions with nuclear + solar
  • new types of batteries
  • exploring super-materials like graphene
  • billions of people world-wide getting tele-communications + web access
  • billions of people world-wide getting energy access
  • billions of people world-wide getting health-care access
  • billions of people world-wide getting education access

exploration + travel:

  • putting humans on planet Mars
  • building a sustainable human base on the moon
  • quicker over-seas travel — by space rockets being built • by Space X
  • quicker continental travel — by underground HyperLoop being built • by SpaceX

I thought it would be fun to see stories + video about the new decade — illustrating how the 2020s will blow our minds.

Ryan


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Dear Ryan,

Thanks for your note, it’s a good list. I appreciate your reporting on upcoming discoveries and new capabilities — these will definitely change our planet + civilization.

Wishing you a productive, exciting, and positive decade ahead — as humanity takes its first steps into this new era.

Ray Kurzweil




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group: by Underknown
tag line: Asking questions is our craft.

group: by INSH
tag line: Obscure and not so well-known stories from history, geography, science, and culture.

series: What If
featurette title: What if you lived 50 years in the future?
watch | featurette

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It feels like the world is moving at a faster rate than ever. Every day, smart-phones are getting smarter, AI is becoming more intelligent, and our environment seems to be getting worse every year. If you could travel 50 years into the the future, what would the world look like?


on the web | pages

Underknown | home
INSH | home
What If | series: home
What If | series: YouTube channel



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group: by the B1M
tag line: The definitive video channel for construction.

featurette title: watch — HyperLoop explained
featurette title: watch — 10 HyperLoops that will change the world
featurette title: watch — building the first HyperLoop passenger capsule


on the web | pages

the B1M | home
the B1M | YouTube channel

tag line: The definitive video channel for construction.



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group: by Integrated Whale Media Investments
tag line: ~

publication: Forbes
tag line: Change the world.
story title: These are the technologies that will transform the 2020s
read | story

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From 5g to vertical farming. Shared mobility, advanced plastic recycling, and protein production are also going to be key to future prosperity.


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group: by Integrated Whale Media Investments
tag line: ~

publication: Forbes
tag line: Change the world.
story title: Energy ‘s Future: battery + storage tech
read | story

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Lifting our power generation + electrical grid into the 21st century is a multi-pronged effort. It needs a new generation mix of low-carbon sources that include hydro, renewables, and nuclear — plus ways to capture carbon that don’t cost zillions of dollars, and ways to make the grid smart.


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group: by Vox Media
tag line: Dedicated to getting the future right.

publication: Vox
tag line: Understand the news.
story title: Why home 3D printing never lived up to the hype
read | story

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Enthusiasts imagined a future where ubiquitous 3D printing rendered a lot of conventional manufacturing obsolete — as people printed everything from dishes to automobile parts at home, instead of buying them in a store or on the web. But the home 3D printing revolution hasn’t panned-out. Here’s why.


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group: by Vox Media
tag line: Dedicated to getting the future right.

publication: the Verge
tag line: We examine how tech will change life in the future.
story title: This decade in Elon
read | story

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SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, the Boring Company — and of course that Twitter account.


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group: by Vox Media
tag line: Dedicated to getting the future right.

publication: the Verge
tag line: We examine how tech will change life in the future.
story title: Elon Musk proposes city-to-city travel by rocket — right here on Earth
read | story

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Anywhere on Earth in under and hour: Musk says.


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group: by the Royal Institution of Australia
tag line: Bringing science to people, and people to science.

publication: Cosmos
tag line: The science of everything.
story title: The HyperLoop alternative to a very fast train
read | story

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A cheaper, swifter means of mass transit by land is on the horizon.


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group: by Knowlingly
tag line: ~

publication: GigaOm
tag line: Leading global voice on emerging tech research + analysis.
story title: What is graphene?
read | story

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Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon. Graphene is made of a single layer of carbon atoms, bonded together in a repeating pattern of hexagons. It’s 1 million times thinner than paper — so thin it’s actually considered 2-dimensional. Carbon is an incredibly versatile element.


— notes—

2D = 2-dimenional
3D = 3-dimensional

AI = artificial intelligence
VR + AR = virtual reality + augmented reality


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