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Advances Vs. Consequences: What Does The 21st Century Have In Store For Humanity?

9 Oct 2019, 14:01 UTC
Advances Vs. Consequences: What Does The 21st Century Have In Store For Humanity?
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The southern Milky Way as viewed above ALMA is illustrative of one way we search for signals of intelligent aliens: through the radio band. If we found a signal, or if we transmitted a signal that was then found and responded to, it would be one of the greatest achievements in our planet’s history. As with many of humanity’s greatest endeavors, we have not made the critical breakthrough we so desperately seek, but we continue to look, explore, and learn with the best tools we can possibly construct. (ESO/B. TAFRESHI/TWAN)Technology holds the promise of a better future, but our footprint on the planet threatens to undo all our dreams and progress.It’s pretty easy to look at the world we live in today and come away feeling either extremely pessimistic or optimistic, depending on which aspects you focus on. Optimistically, you could look at our life expectancy, our technological conveniences, our high standard of living and the scientific breakthroughs we continue to make and pursue. From biotech to space exploration, from robotics to artificial intelligence, the present is incredible and the future looks even brighter.Of course, there’s the flipside: a pessimistic point of view. Even a coarse look at the world ...

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