Posts tagged 2034
Government in the year 2034
Hello again from the future. I decided that since last time I talked about something important, namely medical advances, that this time I would talk about something truly unimportant, government. I know that may seem odd since in your time government still controlled quite a lot, but the truth is that much more of that was an illusion even then than it may seem. This isn't a conspiracy theory, that never was how governments failed. Instead it was simple incompetence and that you can easily see. There were numerous problems but in the end they almost all came down to a single issue. No one was ever willing to make a decision that might hurt them politically. Because of this they continually became less important in the process. If all a representative is going to do is parrot back what people want to hear we don't need them. Then of course there was the celebrity culture that became more and more a part of politics especially as people began to recognise that no one who was running anything mattered anyway. This led to more incompetence and that allowed corporations to gain more power. No one has put an exact day on it but at some point the balance of power simply switched. Government was no longer in charge the businesses were. Government still exists of course but its form is far different. Instead of taking control of things it simply does the things that none of the businesses can see any profit in, which is remarkably little.They still run the libraries, DMV's in most states and work as an independent party to make decisions between companies on things like water rights and land usage. On a more specific note President Spears is doing far better than i expected, but then I live on my own private island so I can avoid some of the problems. All of this may sound like a radical change but the truth of the matter is that corporations have every incentive to keep things running smoothly. Bad economies hurt them more than it ever hurt the government and so as governors they aren't bad.  It's not exactly democracy as you remember it but it's not as bad as you might expect either.
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Post from 2034: Medical Advances
Greetings again from 2034. I had a visit from my personal doctor last week and It got me thinking about how much medicine has changed in the last twenty five years. The basics are roughly the same. We've cured a few diseases but there are still more and even the ones we have cured are still problematic in poorer parts of the world. We are still constantly struggling to keep antibiotics ahead of the diseases, but on the other hand there are some major changes. About 10 years ago we officially turned the corner and rise in life expectancy went above 1 year per year. We are at about a 1.1 year increase in life expectancy per year now. There is no way to know how long they will able to keep this up but the upshot is that so long as they can continue to increase life expectancy at that rate most of us aren't going to die from sickness at least not for a couple hundred years. There are numerous reasons for the increase in life expectancy. We understand the human genome well enough now to actualy fix things as opposed to just treating them. In addition we can use the same knowledge to clone nearly any organ you might need. This means that there is no longer a finite supply of organs so long as you can live long enough for it to be grown. And once you have it there is no need for medicine. It's certainly not Utopian though. As advancements have been made there have been considerable problems. Designer drugs have flooded the market and though they can remove all the side effects the same machines that make them can make mind altering drugs that also have no side effects and steroids that are completely invisible and safe. This has given the government no choice but to change a great many laws. The other major advancement is in bio-computers and implants. About 4 years ago the first bio-computers that really worked came on the market. They are able to interact directly with the human brain and body. You can now store memories on a hard drive or have artificial legs that are far superior to natural human legs. The issue with this is that because they are better there is a section of society that is mutilating themselves in order to get artificial arms, legs, eyes and ears that are better. No one has yet built a entire body for the brain but there is a discussion of it. This may all seem a little overwhelming but few people ever question technology that will keep them alive longer and it came slowly to us over twenty five years. Elton
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Greetings from the year 2034
So I just got one of the quantum temporal computer they have been advertising. Of course you wouldn't have seen those adds would you. I'll have to remember I have this set for 25 years in the past. It's 2034 here. I'm sure there are lots of questions about the future popping up. I probably won't answer many of them today. Instead I'm going to focus on the temporal paradox issues that people seemed to assume would exist in this sort of thing as i recall. What you have to understands is that we're using quantum physics to create micro wormholes. The upshot of that is that I am connecting to the past of a quantum reality that is identical to mine, but not mine. This means that nothing I do will effect me because it happened in a different reality. The big news here recently is that NASA finally put another man on the moon. Of course they did it by buying a ticket on one of the commercial flights. Cost them 87,000 and some extra for the luggage but they wanted to do some experiments. The Spaceliner even turned off the spin for part of the trip so they could test microgravity. My House in 2034 Other than that it's just the world. Most of the things that everyone expected happened, but you know what they say, the future is never as good as you had hoped and never as bad as you expected. Global warming buried a few cities but mostly people just moved. Computers haven't taken over the government, but they have taken over most of the media. They do a better job anyway. The only really bad effect was that a lot of the former executives from Hollywood ran for political office. They mostly lost. Now that the date on the quantum temporal computer is set the dates should remain linked. Time will pass roughly the same speed for each of us. I'll try to put up a note most Saturdays if possible. If you have any questions leave a comment i'll try to address it. Elton Gahr, 2034
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