0887: "Future Timeline"

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby sjorford » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:39 am UTC

"achieves" is spelt/spelled wrong in 2066, but the rest of the comic makes up for it. I especially laughed at 2061.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby dedwrekka » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:58 am UTC

MikeStern wrote:That last one was pure win. However the comic really is a very interesting view into how we, as a society, predict the future. Especially interesting are contradicting and repeated statements. You really have to wonder where the predictions come from, and why some of them are so shaky.

I would guess it's partially due to the archival nature of the internet, so any search would pull up the initial prediction, the prediction based on the attempts to solve the problem, and a subsequent cycle of predictions, solutions, and updated predictions.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby JeromeWest » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:19 am UTC

How come GNU/Linux doesn't become the dominant OS until 2014? Everyone knows that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby tipo test » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:21 am UTC

go go Cyprus!

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby yoghurt » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:41 am UTC

"2101: War was beginning" wasn't even necessarily a joke that was build up to. That is actually what you find when you search "in 2101".

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Tova » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:03 am UTC

phlip wrote:
WhiteAvenger wrote:Back to topic, that was a lot of text to read for an All Your Base joke.

Just because it was the last joke, doesn't mean it was the main joke, and everything else was setup for it... it just means it was the last joke.


The text is slightly larger than the rest, so it does seem as though he intended it to be the punchline.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Eternal Density » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:05 am UTC

My towering pillar of hats goes off to you Randall. I was wondering what joke you'd find worth to finish this off with, and you did not disappoint.
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Hausdog » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:10 am UTC

I love how this comic paints Cyprus as less a Mediterranean island nation and more a sinister criminal organization.

Also yeah I think the point of the comic was probably the All Your Base joke but it's still a pretty educational look on how people have this sensational, soap-opera view of the real future that affects them in real life. Like they're eating popcorn and watching it even though it's not happening to them and other real people.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Iranon » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:23 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:My towering pillar of hats goes off to you Randall. I was wondering what joke you'd find worth to finish this off with, and you did not disappoint.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qItugh-fFgg


I *knew* this would be mentioned, and suspected it would be the final item... but was amused nevertheless :)
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Guinness » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:23 am UTC

"2080 - UK population doubles"
Which begs the question of what the hell happens in 2079?

And will my 99-year old self be involved?

Yes yes, I know. That's just how I wanted to read it.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Fixblor » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:24 am UTC

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby viscusanima » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:26 am UTC

I'm going to take a guess and say that the 2066 'Cyprus achieves its goal' is a reference to the Cyprus Problem: the fact that the island is currently divided into two halves, Greek and Turkish, with a seemingly insoluble political conflict as both sides refuse to compromise on how the island should be reunited.

I loved how every prediction seemed to contradict another prediction; the world is so beautiful.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby linkxsc » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:28 am UTC

I saw the end of this comic coming all the way from the beginning. Didn't stop me from loling at the end though.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:39 am UTC

I had to google the 2101 entry.
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby piels » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:55 am UTC

The least believable thing on here is probably the baby boomers starting to turn 65 in 2016.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby caerphoto » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:01 am UTC

2025: 62MPG cars introduced


Heh.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:12 am UTC

piels wrote:The least believable thing on here is probably the baby boomers starting to turn 65 in 2016.

The first of the baby boomers are already 65.
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby admeister » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:13 am UTC

Awesome timeline! My new goal in life is to be there to see 2088. That would be worth waiting for. :)

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby purpleriot » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:28 am UTC

Hausdog wrote:I love how this comic paints Cyprus as less a Mediterranean island nation and more a sinister criminal organization.

I was thinking the same thing.

I like all the robot-related ones too, especially 2088: "Japan becomes all-robot country".

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby LimaZulu » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:31 am UTC

linkxsc wrote:I saw the end of this comic coming all the way from the beginning. Didn't stop me from loling at the end though.


I half expected it to end with the year 2525.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby GalacticCowboy » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:49 am UTC

I am a redhead. My sister is a redhead. My wife and I have two red-headed kids. Allow me to say, on behalf of all the "gingers" - you're not getting rid of us that easily. :twisted:

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:59 am UTC

LimaZulu wrote:I half expected it to end with the year 2525.

Only relevant if Man is still alive.
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby chrth » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:01 pm UTC

MikeStern wrote:
st0aty wrote:Absolutely awesome comic... Was I the only one reading the list and counting off what could potentially occur in my own lifetime, then breathing a sigh of relief when I read immortality? ;-)


You certainly weren't the only one. I even remarked on the fact that by that prediction I would only have to keep myself alive for another 39 years. Then, hopefully, we can eat all the bacon we want :)


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As for myself, all I need to do is make it to 2050! Woo!

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby RobFreundlich » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:05 pm UTC

Comic JK wrote:I'll bet after this, people will add their projections just to fill in those lonely missing years.


In the year 2077, a posting in a comments thread on xkcd is proven to have successfully predicted the future.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby _rq » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:05 pm UTC

beautiful. I just knew that newspapers had to die out a third time after some break.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Sulayman-F » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:11 pm UTC

I know Randall is pulling the summary from Wikipedia, but the Millenium Development Goals aren't for the complete eradication of poverty and pollution. The goal is to "halve the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day" and give everyone the opportunity for primary/elementary school, and stop the growth of AIDS by 2015.

All fine goals, but you have to be specific about them, otherwise the blurb makes it sound ridiculous and unrealistic.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby chuck981996 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:26 pm UTC

I cannot WAIT to see this pan out! This is going to be a fun…well, I guess I don't know how many years? Can't wait for the the Parousia. :)

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby Spiny Norman » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:44 pm UTC

st0aty wrote:Absolutely awesome comic... Was I the only one reading the list and counting off what could potentially occur in my own lifetime, then breathing a sigh of relief when I read immortality? ;-)


SlyReaper wrote:2040: Nanotechnology makes humans immortal.
Please please please let this one be true.


MikeStern wrote:You certainly weren't the only one. I even remarked on the fact that by that prediction I would only have to keep myself alive for another 39 years. Then, hopefully, we can eat all the bacon we want :)


Not that I am taking any of these predictions serious, but... Granting immortality to people is completely irresponsible! Have you guys never heard of Malthus and the principles of population? I'm thinking, as a compromise, you can become immortal, but only if you have your balls chopped off (/ovaries ripped out).
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby plin25 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:45 pm UTC

I like the All Your Base reference at the end, but what I was really hoping for was a reference this this song
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:47 pm UTC

Spiny Norman wrote:
st0aty wrote:Absolutely awesome comic... Was I the only one reading the list and counting off what could potentially occur in my own lifetime, then breathing a sigh of relief when I read immortality? ;-)


SlyReaper wrote:2040: Nanotechnology makes humans immortal.
Please please please let this one be true.


MikeStern wrote:You certainly weren't the only one. I even remarked on the fact that by that prediction I would only have to keep myself alive for another 39 years. Then, hopefully, we can eat all the bacon we want :)


Not that I am taking any of these predictions serious, but... Granting immortality to people is completely irresponsible! Have you guys never heard of Malthus and the principles of population? I'm thinking, as a compromise, you can become immortal, but only if you have your balls chopped off (/ovaries ripped out).

I would be willing to make that trade.
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby aeonsablaze » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:53 pm UTC

I hope you're happy! Your ridiculously long comic has now made me late for work....

p.s. Worth it!

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby ritvax » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:06 pm UTC

I like how Randall made construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge a global historical event... Moreso that this bridge is in my own backyard (by a few miles). Of course, the replacement span for the 1955 original has been a topic of debate for at least 10 years now... Wonder why this suburban cross-Hudson span is so important to Randall? It is a rather impressive structure, almost five miles long and seven lanes wide...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tappan_Zee_Bridge
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby zmatt » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:08 pm UTC

Sulayman-F wrote:I know Randall is pulling the summary from Wikipedia, but the Millenium Development Goals aren't for the complete eradication of poverty and pollution. The goal is to "halve the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day" and give everyone the opportunity for primary/elementary school, and stop the growth of AIDS by 2015.

All fine goals, but you have to be specific about them, otherwise the blurb makes it sound ridiculous and unrealistic.


It's still unrealistic.
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby chuck981996 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:19 pm UTC

About 70 years after we achieve immortality, we will see suicide rates reach an all-time high.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby ratfox » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:28 pm UTC

Registered just to say that this is going to be one for the ages...

And I totally thought of multiblade razors half-way down the list :mrgreen: The only thing more believable than that one is the return of Halley's comet!

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby phillipsjk » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:29 pm UTC

JeromeWest wrote:How come GNU/Linux doesn't become the dominant OS until 2014? Everyone knows that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop.


2014 is when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP SP3. Source..

Though, according to Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ, they may have to extend that since Windows XP in now included in Windows 7 Professional. Source. Edit: on second read, I see they are careful to say "Windows XP mode ...includes a complete copy of Windows XP." (No extra support).
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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby ElectricTurtle » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:40 pm UTC

Spiny Norman wrote:Not that I am taking any of these predictions serious, but... Granting immortality to people is completely irresponsible! Have you guys never heard of Malthus and the principles of population? I'm thinking, as a compromise, you can become immortal, but only if you have your balls chopped off (/ovaries ripped out).


Malthus was a fool who could not see beyond his own time and technology. World population is already more than sixfold the amount that was supposed to cause a Malthusian catastrophe, and it just refuses to happen. As population has grown, so has the efficiency of resource production/extraction, and there is still more room. If the 3rd world were to achieve the same agricultural productive capacity per square unit-of-distance as the first world, production would more than double. Add to this that there is so much efficiency left to be found in the logistics of distribution that currently wholly a third of food produced is never eaten. And arable land is a completely false limit with the possibilities of hydroponics, but arable land is so cheap and the infrastructure already in place there's no justifying the cost yet.

Not to mention all the neo-Malthusians need to pull their heads out of their asses and realize that decade over decade world fertility is declining. Major 'problem areas' in terms of population like India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. are seeing reductions in fertility rate on the order of 2-3 less children per woman. All of the most populous nations on earth have seen whole number reductions in their fertility rates in the last 50 years. 76 nations have fertility rates below replacement. Everybody who still tries to fearmonger about population growth is an idiot out of touch with the statistical reality.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby illford » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:52 pm UTC

"2082 world population declines to 1 billion"
so, what happens in 2081? will mars be ok? because that is where my immortal self will be.

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby kbinferno » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:56 pm UTC

what makes this creepy, is that today is my birthday and I am always stressed out about what the future is going to bring.. get out of my head randall!!

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Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Postby canis187 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:11 pm UTC

2025: 62MPG cars introduced


This may be a Google result, but the prediction is a bit late. If you live in Europe, and don't mind a slightly underpowered car, Volkswagen has all ready made this happen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Polo#Polo_Mark_V_.28Typ_6R.2C_2009.E2.80.93present.29

The Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI gets a claimed 3.4l/100km. Converted to US MPG that is ~69MPG (better than any current hybrid not running in battery-only mode). That is not using the US EPA guidelines for testing, so actual US tested MPG may be different. Additionally that is Diesel, so it wouldn't sell here in the states anyway.


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