one day i'm gonna grow wings
This story about the RFID chips for Japanese kids makes me think of Battle Royale. BR is by far one of the most violent, sick and depraved movies I've ever seen. It's also in the top 20 on my favorite films list. The future is now. It's really not that pretty. In fact, I'm having an email conversation with a friend about the future. We do this thing everyday where one of us comes up with a topic and we discuss it for the rest of the day. Makes work a bit more enjoyable. So today's question was: bq. What's the one technology that you can think of that is being worked on, or has not been invented (though it has been conceived of) that will change the way that humanity exists? My standard answer to something like that is, I WANT MY FLYING CARS! YOU PROMISED ME FLYING CARS! However, we started talking about teleportation. He sees it as something we will use our minds to do, as scientists discover ways to awaken parts of your brain that humans have never used before. I see it as more of a machine-driven form of travel, which would have to be heavily regulated by the government. Can you imagine terrorists using instant teleportation? Can you imagine me showing up in Heath Ledger's shower unannounced one morning? Unregulated teleporation would mean the end of barriers, the end of classes. You want money? Teleport yourself into a bank vault. You want food? Grab a cart filled with groceries and then teleport out of the store without paying. Civilization would collapse. Which is why, if scientists ever did discover a way to use your brain to power travel, the discovering scientists would probably be killed before word got out. But what about machine-driven teleportation? Could it be regulated like airline travel is? I would think it would be illegal to own a personal teleporter. You'd have to buy tickets, check bags, etc. to use one or we'd be in a heap of trouble. Or..what if the changing magnetic fields causes nature to freak out and we go through some weird evolution and suddenly, humans can fly! Sorry, lost control there for a minute. Anyhow, I was wondering about your answer to the question above about future technology. And I still want my flying cars.