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(FReep Poll) Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?
IO9 ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | By Charlie Jane Anders

Posted on 03/30/2012 7:45:41 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?

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Science fiction is full of fantastic and horrifying scenarios, many of which seem like they could come true any time. But which of them is really going to materialize — and which is most likely to happen in your lifetime?

Vote in our poll for the science fictional scenario that you're most likely to live to witness for yourself:

Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?

Global Pandemic

Moonbase

World War III/Nuclear Apocalypse

Suspended Animation

The Singularity

Something Else (See Comments)

Martian Colony

(NOTE: Go to the IO9 link provided here. Scroll down on the page and then vote your choice.)

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 1984; apocalypse; armageddon; doomsday; freeppoll; freepthispoll; itstheendoftheworld; science; scifi; scifiping; singularity; spacetravel; technology; worldwar3
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Current results ...

Moonbase 23.27% (2,356 votes)

Martian Colony 2.76% (279 votes)

Suspended Animation 3.2% (324 votes)

World War III/Nuclear Apocalypse 16.61% (1,682 votes)

Global Pandemic 39.05% (3,953 votes)

The Singularity 11.31% (1,145 votes)

Something Else (See Comments) 3.8% (385 votes)

Total Votes: 10,124

1 posted on 03/30/2012 7:45:46 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Doomsday Pictures, Images and Photos I voted - Something Else. If the 20th century is to serve as an accurate predictor of the 21st century, more people met early deaths in the 1900s by their own governments than from anything else.
2 posted on 03/30/2012 7:48:33 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Contact with alien life gets my vote.


3 posted on 03/30/2012 7:48:50 PM PDT by Lady Lucky
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To: DogByte6RER

Where is alien contact?

Also, I know what a singularity is, but I have to look up what “the singularity” means.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 7:50:09 PM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: DogByte6RER

The entire movie “Idiocracy.”


5 posted on 03/30/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Williams

Alien contact? I suppose it would fall under Somethng Else.

Singularity ... think computers becoming aware like “Terminator”

More at:

http://io9.com/5875405/why-cyborgs-and-mutants-are-more-likely-to-kill-us-than-robots?tag=apocalypses


6 posted on 03/30/2012 7:55:35 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Brave New World.


7 posted on 03/30/2012 7:55:54 PM PDT by madison10 (The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?

1984...


8 posted on 03/30/2012 7:56:11 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: dfwgator

Bump that. We are 50% of the way there. Just waiting for Starbucks to change their menu.


9 posted on 03/30/2012 7:56:11 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: madison10; dfwgator
The entire movie “Idiocracy” + Brave New World + 1984 = Obama second term
10 posted on 03/30/2012 7:59:16 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: DogByte6RER

Global Pandemic gets my vote as well. Tic-toc


11 posted on 03/30/2012 8:00:00 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: DogByte6RER

Dystopia

America becomes like North Korea but closer to Mad Max


12 posted on 03/30/2012 8:01:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Williams

“The Singularity” used here refers to the belief popularized by writer Ray Kurzweil in his book “The Singularity is Near” that at some future point in time Robot intelligence will exceed human intelligence (probably around 2045 AD.) and they will take over the reins of civilization. Hope that helps; if still curious get the book published by Viking.


13 posted on 03/30/2012 8:02:31 PM PDT by pankot
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To: DogByte6RER

manchurian candidate


14 posted on 03/30/2012 8:02:47 PM PDT by jjw
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To: DogByte6RER

I wish there was another choice on the list. I remember reading a science fiction novel when I was in junior high.
It was about the massive amount of moron inhabitants of earth that were ruled by a few at the top. Everyone had been dumbed down.
Wish I could remember the author and title.
I guess I forgot, because it really WAS science fiction back then to me.
I was looking forward to a wonderful future in THIS country and couldn’t imagine something like that happening, even in the FAR future.


15 posted on 03/30/2012 8:05:51 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: tophat9000; madison10

Both are excellent choices I think. And both scenarios are very well advanced. I think we should toss in a little “Canticle for Liebowitz” as well. We’re entering a new Dark Age, not from a nuclear apocalypse (yet), but from a general loss of respect for the type of learning that makes cultures rich, vibrant and respectful of Universally Important Things.


16 posted on 03/30/2012 8:08:33 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: pankot

17 posted on 03/30/2012 8:08:33 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Mortrey

Sounds like “Idiocracy” if the few rulers at the top were slso morons.


18 posted on 03/30/2012 8:10:50 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Mortrey

Possibly this story by C. M. Kornbluth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marching_Morons


19 posted on 03/30/2012 8:11:18 PM PDT by Cheburashka (It's legal to be out at night in spacesuits, even carrying a rag dolly. Cops hauled us in anyway.)
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To: DogByte6RER; a fool in paradise

I vote for moon landing, a real one, not one faked on a historic (Fatsy Arbuckle, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell and others) Burbank movie lot.


20 posted on 03/30/2012 8:12:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DogByte6RER; a fool in paradise

I vote for moon landing, a real one, not one faked on a historic (Fatty Arbuckle, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell and others) Burbank movie lot.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 8:14:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DogByte6RER

No doubt World War 1 was considered “science fiction”, until IT HAPPENED.

No doubt the same for WW2.

So why do they consider the use of weapons that exist and a war on a scale that’s already happened twice science fiction?

When you can answer that question, you will prove (to at least me) that you UNDERSTAND liberals.


22 posted on 03/30/2012 8:14:54 PM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: pankot

It now appears that that may happen not because robots become super intelligent but because humans are rapidly becoming dumber.


23 posted on 03/30/2012 8:15:57 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: DogByte6RER

1984


24 posted on 03/30/2012 8:17:00 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: DogByte6RER

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marching_Morons


25 posted on 03/30/2012 8:17:16 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Perdogg; Kevmo; KevinDavis; decimon; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ...

Thanks DogByte6RER.


26 posted on 03/30/2012 8:21:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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If not restricted to movies, then “1984” by George Orwell; the other one that comes to mind would be a total takeover by the Borg.


27 posted on 03/30/2012 8:26:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: jjw

Re the Manchurian Candidate. Oh, you mean that a brainwashed American becomes a secret communist tool and gains the presidency of the U.S.?

Never gonna happen.

Say what? It already has?

Time to move it from Scifi to “Reality TV”.

How the hell did the comrades slip that one by us?


28 posted on 03/30/2012 8:27:19 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: tophat9000; airborne; All

George Orwell “1984” from Bibliotheque ~ Virtuelle
http://sami.is.free.fr/Oeuvres/orwell_1984_1.html


29 posted on 03/30/2012 8:31:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: DogByte6RER

30 posted on 03/30/2012 8:43:55 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

bttt


31 posted on 03/30/2012 9:00:43 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: DogByte6RER
The Morlocks will come out of their holes and eat the Eloi. Game over.

None of it is going to happen so long as the current crop of idiots is in power--regardless of party. We are headed into a new Dark Age.

The Science Fiction imagery of the '50s and 60s was glory and grandeur, since then the images have been increasingly degeneration and apocalypse. The 'vision' of the future has shifted, and until it shifts to something more positive, the future won't be.

I'm still waiting for the affordable flying car and that free nuclear power generated electricity...

32 posted on 03/30/2012 9:00:53 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I'm still waiting for the affordable flying car

Don't worry, the Moller flying car is just around the corner, LOLOL!
Think I first read about it 48-50 years ago and I think they're still in business with no product to sell yet.

33 posted on 03/30/2012 9:09:15 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: DogByte6RER
I'll throw one more out there to think about.

"The Mule" shows up.

34 posted on 03/30/2012 9:28:42 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Moonbase (China).


35 posted on 03/30/2012 9:40:52 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

36 posted on 03/30/2012 9:54:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: GeronL

I’m thinking more like “Bladerunner.”


37 posted on 03/30/2012 10:04:23 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: DogByte6RER

Going with the trifecta of-
Soylent green
Thx 1138
Harrison Bergeron


38 posted on 03/30/2012 10:25:42 PM PDT by Old Flat Toad (Pima County, home of the single vehicle accident with 40 victims.)
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To: dfwgator

Gator, you read my mind! That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title. LOL


39 posted on 03/30/2012 10:26:04 PM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: dfwgator

I absolutely, positively, 100% agree with that. At least once a week something happens that reminds me of Idiocracy.


40 posted on 03/30/2012 11:34:09 PM PDT by Waryone (Remember your ABCS (anybody but commie socialists) = ABM (anybody but Mitt), ABO (anybody but Obama))
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To: dfwgator

That’s cheating. You can’t use something that has already happened.


41 posted on 03/30/2012 11:54:38 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: EEGator

42 posted on 03/31/2012 6:53:32 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Insane computer...we’ve got an app for that.


43 posted on 03/31/2012 7:17:33 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: DogByte6RER

Dr. Rummel agrees.

http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTM


44 posted on 03/31/2012 7:21:24 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: DogByte6RER

That’s easy:

“That Hideous Strength” by C.S.Lewis...

It’s only a Supreme Court ruling away.


45 posted on 03/31/2012 7:32:10 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I think the least likely is that The History Channel will start do carry programming about historical events.


46 posted on 03/31/2012 8:51:53 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; Thorliveshere; Proud_texan; reed13k; ...
I would say a Government like the one in Firefly...




47 posted on 03/31/2012 11:30:39 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
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To: DogByte6RER
I don't see "Zombie Apocalypse" on the list.

Is that because it already happened?

48 posted on 03/31/2012 11:36:59 AM PDT by x
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To: Williams

“The Singularity” is a liberal, mythical version of heaven - technology will create benevolent artificial intelligences and we can upload our brains to become perfect, immortal entities living through paradise artificial worlds.


49 posted on 03/31/2012 11:41:11 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: pankot
“The Singularity” used here refers to the belief popularized by writer Ray Kurzweil in his book “The Singularity is Near”

Love it! I don't think it will happen in my lifetime, though. There is some theory (the name escapes me, 'Moore's law'?) that says computing power doubles every so many years, and that if graphed it shows that computing power will surpass the human brain at some point in the future.

Fascinating stuff.

50 posted on 03/31/2012 11:41:59 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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