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PostPosted: 03-01-2014 00:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

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50 years ago, Isaac Asimov predicted what 2014 would look like

Fifty years ago, the 1964 World's Fair got Isaac Asimov to thinking about just what 2014 would look like, and he wrote up his predictions in an essay for The New York Times. It's a mixed-bag that includes early forecasts of GPS, microwave dinners, and a dead-on summation of our relationship with robots ("Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence.") Then there's also a couple that are somewhat less dead-on — the underground city, for instance, with massive farms occupying the surface.

Said Asimov:

    There is an underground house at the fair which is a sign of the future. if its windows are not polarized, they can nevertheless alter the "scenery" by changes in lighting. Suburban houses underground, with easily controlled temperature, free from the vicissitudes of weather, with air cleaned and light controlled, should be fairly common. At the New York World's Fair of 2014, General Motors' "Futurama" may well display vistas of underground cities complete with light- forced vegetable gardens. The surface, G.M. will argue, will be given over to large-scale agriculture, grazing and parklands, with less space wasted on actual human occupancy.

    Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare "automeals," heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be "ordered" the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning. Complete lunches and dinners, with the food semiprepared, will be stored in the freezer until ready for processing. I suspect, though, that even in 2014 it will still be advisable to have a small corner in the kitchen unit where the more individual meals can be prepared by hand, especially when company is coming.

    Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. The I.B.M. exhibit at the present fair has no robots but it is dedicated to computers, which are shown in all their amazing complexity, notably in the task of translating Russian into English. If machines are that smart today, what may not be in the works 50 years hence? It will be such computers, much miniaturized, that will serve as the "brains" of robots. In fact, the I.B.M. building at the 2014 World's Fair may have, as one of its prime exhibits, a robot housemaid*large, clumsy, slow- moving but capable of general picking-up, arranging, cleaning and manipulation of various appliances. It will undoubtedly amuse the fairgoers to scatter debris over the floor in order to see the robot lumberingly remove it and classify it into "throw away" and "set aside." (Robots for gardening work will also have made their appearance.)

Read the rest of the essay here.

http://io9.com/50-years-ago-isaac-asimov-predicted-what-2014-would-lo-1493111283
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PostPosted: 03-01-2014 12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about 2014 but lets look at the News headlines from 3 January 2024.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announces that charges for visiting Doctor's surgeries will increase from 50 Pounds to 100 Pounds. Speaking to the SunMirror the PM said 'Far too many people are cluttering surgeries and bothering GP's with trivial diseases some of which they are actually spreading by going out of their homes. This charge will make them think twice.' He also announced a new tax break for those earning more than £500,000 per annum to allow them to purchase the new Enhanced BUPA insurance at no charge at all. This policy ensures the super-rich can have a consultant attend at their home, on a 24 hour basis and guarantees them a bed at one of the six mega hospitals in England and Wales. The PM said 'It may be the case that those low earners on a basic NHS package will have to give up their beds and go home, or be treated in a Church of Scientology clinic, but we have to ensure that people like my good friend Jeremy, are able to have treatment for their haemorrhoids, which are very very nasty, and can get back to their vital role in buying and selling repossessed homes and generally making the decision makers even wealthier.' Leader of the opposition, Danny Alexander said there was nothing he or his Liblab partnership could do to prevent this, as they couldn't think of anything better. He encouraged everyone to 'set aside some cash each month as a sickness fund or something.'

President Sturgeon flew into London from Edinburgh on Caledonia One. She met with the Prince Regent to discuss the terms of the sale of Balmoral castle and it's estate to the Scottish people. It is believed that once the sale is confirmed, the surviving part of the castle will be demolished, and a new people's palace erected in its place. The castle was famously destroyed in a fire which started when King Charles flawed methane fuelled heating system exploded. Over 100 cattle which produced the faecal waste which powered the system were incinerated in the converted ballroom. President Sturgeon will also meet with PM Boris Johnson to discuss the repatriation of some 10,000 people still in refugee camps around Berwick who have crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Scotland since the winter storms of 14 November 2023, and whose homes in Cumbria and Northumbria were destroyed. At the time, PM Johnson quipped 'These northerners are a pretty resilient lot and will enjoy a spot of free camping thanks to the tents we have supplied, plus there's no shortage of wood to burn if they dismantle the wreckage of their homes and their furnitures wrecked anyway.' It is believed over 100 people died in the storm.

President Affleck will address the United States later today and is widely expected to confirm Cuba will join the union as the 53rd state of the USA on 1 January 2025. Speaking after the ceremony to confirm Baja as the 52nd state, President Affleck confirmed that Secretary of State De Generes had concluded negotiations with the government of Cuba and has selected 1 January as homage to Fidel Castro and the Triumph of the Revolution. Meanwhile, operations to decontaminate the Guantanamo Province area continue. It is believed that the worst areas of radioactive fallout have been successfully scraped and will be dumped into the South Sandwich trench. Investigations continue into how a 100 kiloton nuclear device on board the USS Puerto Rico detonated.

Meanwhile, scientists at the Chinese Space Agency say that the planned launch of the 'Great Leap Forward' rocket from its site in Taiwan on 7 January has been delayed owing to attacks over the past 24 hours by insurgents. A spokeswoman for the PLA claims that 100 terrorists were involved in the assault on the launch site near Hengchun in the south of the island. The majority were killed by PLAAF stealth gunships, and survivors were tried and executed by military courts. Scientists say the 'Great Leap Forward' will now have to be inspected fully for damage, but are confident it will still carry aloft the first Chinese manned moon lander and crew of 5. Mission Commander Liu Yang, who was also the first Chinese woman in space was in upbeat mood and stated that the delay would allow their team to practice for their historic landing on the moons surface. Commander Yang's team will also carry the ashes of Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and will bury the urn within the moon's soil.

And on a lighter note, trawlermen in the Malvinas Islands have put on display some very unusual fish caught in the waters off the South Sandwich Islands. Although hoping to catch hake, the crew of the Puerto Deseado pulled in what scientists think is a species of fish not seen before. Although resembling whiting, these fish have developed four eyes, and have teeth not unlike the piranha fish. Speaking to reporters for Murdoch's World News, Captain Ortega of the Puerto Deseado said the fish were easy to catch as they give a distinctive blue green glow which is visible for miles at night. His cook has apparently filleted and cooked the fish and declared them to be deliciously sweet. Unfortunately the cook was unavailable for further comment owing to a stomach complaint which Captain Ortega put down to overindulging in the new catch.
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PostPosted: 03-01-2014 13:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! I hooe this part comes through: Commander Yang's team will also carry the ashes of Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and will bury the urn within the moon's soil.
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PostPosted: 03-01-2014 15:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ginando wrote:
I don't know about 2014 but lets look at the News headlines from 3 January 2024.


Excellent work. But you've missed out...

Despite continuing reports of bungling and failures from G4S and Serco, there's been a steep rise in law-abiding citizens applying to be housed in the relative safety of Britain's Megaprisons rather than face the chaos and dangers of life outside.
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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 11:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Glaciers move faster than Royal Protocol on issues like this. I think we'll see a few stories softening us up about the Queen handing over.


Here's another reference to The Queen moving aside....


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Buckingham Palace reshuffles key personnel in 'first step to bringing Prince Charles to the throne'
MoS reveals Charles's aide will be media chief for entire Royal Household
Hugely significant move is 'transition to a change of reign'


It was an announcement that went largely unnoticed amid the obligatory national debate about the New Year’s Honours List.

There, among the gongs, was a second knighthood for the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, awarded, according to the citation, for ‘a new approach to constitutional matters... [and] the preparation for the transition to a change of reign’.

It was a surprising admission. It is widely acknowledged the Queen will never abdicate and the succession is rarely, if ever, talked about in official terms.
But behind the Palace gates, preparations are being made.

And in the clearest sign yet that Her Majesty is getting ready to pass the mantle on to her son, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the Prince of Wales is preparing to take control of the Royal Family media operation within weeks.

For the past 20 years, the Queen and her heir have operated separate press offices from Buckingham Palace and Clarence House respectively.

They will now be run from one office at the Palace, with Prince Charles’s head of communications, Sally Osman, at the helm.

There is little doubting the significance of the move, masterminded by Sir Christopher, or the ways in which it will increase Prince Charles’s influence.

The merging of the two offices clearly represents an important change in the way the Monarchy will be run.

One Royal confidante said: ‘This is the first step to bringing Charles to the throne.’





http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541862/Key-Palace-reshuffle-step-bringing-Prince-Charles-throne.html
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PostPosted: 22-01-2014 13:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe its just downsizing?
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PostPosted: 24-01-2014 22:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bookies have stopped taking bets on it.
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 01:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it wrong to be taking an interest in the inevitable oncoming car crash that is Justin Beiber's career mode?
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 15:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimv1 wrote:
Is it wrong to be taking an interest in the inevitable oncoming car crash that is Justin Beiber's career mode?


No. It's just interesting to have our thoughts confirmed.
He recently announced his 'retirement', which is either an odd PR move or it's an acknowledgement that his career is off the boil.
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 22:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shia LaBoeuf's retiring too thanks to a scandal. The upstarts are dropping like flies!
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 11:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shia Labeouf... can't understand why this man is at all popular. He has a meagre talent to start with.
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 20:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was popular?
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 21:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

gncxx wrote:
He was popular?


Ah yes...sorry, silly me. Laughing
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