Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Think where humanity was -- technologically and scientifically -- in 1952. Flash forward 60 years, and look where we are currently in 2012.
Now imagine where we'll be in 2072. 2132. Etc.
True, but I think this whole thing is going to have a short shelf life. We're talking about a few thousand years compared to billions of years the earth has been around. And really we've only scaled up in the past 200 years. I mean, I read recently that the concept of the future is a new thing. Before the past couple of hundred years things were just the same for average people for hundreds and hundreds of years, and change was glacial. Things change rapidly now, but that's a very recent development.
This is more than likely just a short period of fortuitous climate where we have been blessed to avoid anything cataclysmic happening.
Humanity in general might last hundreds of thousands of years ... society I seriously doubt has too much longer to go. In geological time of course.
I'm really not a misanthrope, but society is pretty fragile. An asteroid, climate change, Yellowstone or a volcano exploding, etc. It wouldn't take much, and these things are more frequent (again, in geological time) than people probably realize.
The Road was the most depressing book I've ever read, because it hammers this all home in a very matter of fact way.