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COME TO THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MINNESOTA FUTURISTS

Understanding Trends and Forecasting Future Implications

Science and Technology | Sociology | Demographics | Economics | World Affairs | Ecology and the Environment | Genetics, Medicine and Health Care

If you interested in how the world is developing and what that might mean for the future sign up for our Meetup and you will receive notices of up-coming meetings. 

Who Attends Meetings?  Individuals attend from a variety of backgrounds, interests, and demographics.   We are thinking people who seek a better future for ourselves, our families and society. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you look at past meetings you will see that it shows that between 1-6 people sign up for most meetings.  In actuality, between 12 and 20 people attend virtually every Saturday morning.

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• Regular Meetings: Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 AM  Knights of Columbus Building - 1114 American Blvd West, Bloomington, MN 55420

Among the emerging technologies in which we are interested and have focused are:  [1] electric, hydrogen fuel cell and driverless car technology, [2] clean-renewable alternative energy, [3] innovative farming techniques, [4] desalinization and purification of water, [5] nanotechnology, [6] 3D printing, [7] virtual and enhanced reality, [8] digital medicine, [9] neuroscience, [10] human-machine-cloud interfaces, [11] synthetic biology, genomics, genetic engineering, biotechnology and biomedical engineering [12] automation-robotics-artificial intelligence [13] big data analysis coupled with "the internet of things" and more [14] drone technology [15] holographic technology [16] Computer technology [17] Graphene and Material Science

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT QUESTIONS?   The questions refer to how the future might develop over the next 50 years.  How questions like these are resolved could make a sea change difference in the lives we will be living.  They reflect the kinds of issues we think about at Minnesota Futurists. After each question ask yourself - “What are the implications if this does come to pass [highly probable] or does not come to pass [highly unlikely]?" .

1.   What is the likelihood that resource depletion and climate change threats are greatly lessened by 2046?

          a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely     e) Highly Unlikely

2.   What is the likelihood that powerful human brain to the cloud interfaces and integration will be established by 2046?

          a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

3.   What is the likelihood that automation replaces human labor and causes a permanent significant increase in unemployment by 2036?

          a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely   e) Highly Unlikely

4.   What is the likelihood that we develop the ability to live to well beyond 120 years by 2066?

         a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

5.   What is the likelihood that a majority of the world’s population identify more as citizens of the world than of any nation by 2066?

         a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

6.   What is the likelihood that we develop the ability to greatly reduce the instances and severity of debilitating and life threatening illnesses [Like cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, organ failure and Alzheimer’s] and standardly become vital physically and mentally into our 90s and beyond by 2036?

         a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely     e) Highly Unlikely

7.  What is the likelihood that through genetic engineering and other technologies, we gain the ability to significantly upgrade humanity intellectually and physically by 2066?

         a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely     e) Highly Unlikely 

8.  What is the likelihood that we greatly reduce domestic and global poverty and lack of health care and high quality education by 2046?

         a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

9.  What is the likelihood that artificial intelligences become dangerous to humanity’s continued domination of the planet by 2066?

        a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

10.  What is the likelihood that world population will be significantly less than it is right now by 2066?

        a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible    d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

11.   What is the likelihood that a robust and reliable system of developing antibiotics and vaccines will be in place by 2036 or that some other technology will be developed that make them unnecessary?

        a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible   d) Unlikely    e) Highly Unlikely

12.   What is the likelihood that China or India is more powerful economically and militarily than America by 2066?

       a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

13.  What is the likelihood that autonomous, self-driving cars will be more prevalent than human driven cars by 2036?

      a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

14.  What is the likelihood that humanity has a settlement on Mars with more than 25 inhabitants  by 2066?

      a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

15.  What is the likelihood that fossil fuels are not the primary source of energy in the world by 2046?

      a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

16.  What is the likelihood of a third political party winning the Presidency of the United States by 2066?

      a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

17.  What is the likelihood of the average American home having more than 500 internet connected, data gathering sensors in it by 2046?

      a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

18.  What is the likelihood of there being hyper-loop connectivity between at least two major US metro area by 2036?

      a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

19. What is the likelihood of internet connections being 20 times faster and 75% less expensive  in America by 2036?

     a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely

20. What is the likelihood that the cost of transportation, education, housing, food, medical care and energy will be 50% less expensive in real terms by 2066.

     a) Highly Probable    b) Probable   c) Possible  d) Unlikely  e) Highly Unlikely


Who are MN Futurists?  Established in 1969, Minnesota Futurists is the oldest existing chapter of The World Future Society.  We are a group of curious people interested in understanding the evolution and state of current social, cultural, economic, geopolitical, scientific and technological trends and phenomena, and then considering [1] the probability of those trends or phenomena persisting, accelerating, or regressing, [2] the probable and possible implications if they do, and [3] the future we prefer along with strategies and tactics for moving toward it.



 

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