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(1960): Heinz von Foerster extrapolated historical population data to predict an infinite human population for 2026. (1970) by considered change moving too fast for humans to cope. (1986) by which involves changing the world, and introduces the
scenario. (1992, by ) heralded the arrival of the "end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western as the final form of human government. " Its thesis has since been disavowed by its author. by, published in Foreign Affairs, Volume 72, Number 3, Summer 1993 and later expanded into a book, states "the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future. " The Coming (1993, by ) - a prediction of imminent acceleration of progress caused by increasing speed of computers and developments in AI. An Illustrated Speculative Timeline of Future Technology and Social Change (1993-2008, by J. R. Mooneyham) is concerned with the idea of the and many more optimistic technological and transhumanist predictions. " " (April 2000) - an essay warning about the dangers of, and to humanity.

The essay has achieved wide exposure because of 's prominence. No one can see into the future. What I try to do is outline possible "futures" - although totally expected inventions or events can render predictions absurd after only a few years. The classic example is the statement, made in the late 1940s, by the then chairman of IBM that the world market for computers was five. I have more than that in my own office. Perhaps I am in no position to criticise: in 1971 I predicted the first Mars Landing in 1994; now we'll be lucky if we make it by 2010. On the other hand, I thought I was being wildly optimistic in 1951 by suggesting a mission to the moon in 1978. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin beat me by almost a decade.

Still, I take pride in the fact that communications satellites are placed exactly where I suggested in 1945, and the name "Clarke Orbit" is often used (if only because it's easier to say than "geostationary orbit"). Some of the event listed here, particularly the space missions, are already scheduled. I believe all the other events could happen, although several, I hope, will not. Check me for accuracy - on December 31, 2000. Tomorrow Now: Imagining the Next 50 Years by in 2002. A popular science approach on futurology, reflecting technology, politics and culture of the next 50 years. by in 2003. The book presents the notion that the Earth and human survival are in far greater danger from the potential effects of modern technology than is commonly realised. Hence the 21st century may be a critical moment in history when humanity's fate is decided. Rees gained controversy, and notoriety, by estimating that the probability of before 2100 AD is around 50%. This is based on the possibility of malign or accidental release of destructive technology and gained some attention as he is a well-regarded. by in 2004.

As it implies the book warns of a pessimistic future, in this case caused by a decay in science, community, and education. The end is still nigh just not as nigh as it was earlier this week, a Doomsday writer says. David Meade, who when a mysterious planet collides with Earth, is now backtracking on the calamitous claim. Meade said the world won t end on September 23 after all, but instead, Saturday will only mark the beginning of a series of catastrophic events to occur over several weeks. БThe world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,Б БA major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October. Б Meade said his prediction is based on verses and numerical codes found in the Bible, specifically in the apocalyptic Book of Revelation. He said recent events, such as the solar eclipse and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, are omens of the approaching apocalypse. The significant number is 33, according to Meade. БJesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God for the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],Б he said.

БItБs a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. IБm talking astronomy. IБm talking the Bible and merging the two. Б September 23 is also 33 days since the August 21 solar eclipse. Meade has also built his theory on the so-called Planet X, which is also known as Nibiru, which he believes will pass Earth on September 23. This will cause volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes, he claims. NASA has repeatedly said Planet X does not exist. MeadeБs prediction has been dismissed by people of faith including the Roman Catholic and Protestant branches of Christianity. Ed Stetzer, a professor and executive director of Wheaton CollegeБs Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, slammed MeadeБs theory on Friday, calling it Бfake newsБ and asked Christians to be critical. БItБs simply fake news that a lot of Christians believe the world will end on September 23,Б Stetzer БYet, it is still a reminder that we need to think critically about all the news. Б

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