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first man on the moon 1969

first test-tube birth 1978 ‘4’

first common usage of the Internet 1984



eoloni/ation is not just idle speeulation and wishful thinking. hut a matter of long-term sury'iyal ol‘ our speeies.’

This is all down to the laet that we earthlings happen to la” in the eentre of a Very hig shooting gallery. and \y'heney'er any eomet. meteor or big roek deeides to plummet l‘rom the skies. our planet is smaek hang in the firing line. There may he little option but to make the liig Hi! to the Clouds.

But it we don’t laney a trip to the stars and a ripping old spaee dust—up. what will the years 2()()()-plus haye in store on dear old terra l'irma'.’ \\'ell. l‘or

starters. there may he the storage ol‘ human personalities on disk l'or

relrieyal alter death and moy'es loyy'at'ds that old ehestnut. the arriy'al

ol‘ a new generation ol~ hyper- intelligent robots to replaee human beings. And going underground. there is likely It) he the l‘it'sl iny'estigation into the tanning. rather than hunting. ol the seas \y'ith \y'hales as the New ('attle.

'l'hen again. when Y2K and the threat l\'ll()\\'ll as The Millennium Bug

kieks in and the eomputer systems ol‘ the uniyerse snap into inaetion. \y e may regret our oy'er-relianee on new teehnology. ()r we eould just throw in the towel and submit to the iney'itahle that is the next lee Age. Brrrrrrrr.

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Future Technology: Virtual Reality

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