we will live androgynous
By Eve_7 on Thursday, March 14, 2002 - 10:31 pm:
Coolaid will come in all flavors!!!!!!
By dude is awesome on Friday, March 8, 2002 - 06:59 am:
I think that In the future people will live without conflict of discrimination or racicam. plz email me if you have anything to add to my statement at firstname.lastname@example.org
By dude is cool on Friday, March 8, 2002 - 06:55 am:
I think in the future we will create starships like voyager or like the enterprise.
By me on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 07:43 am:
ian aka gangster the killer and the dope dealer
By me on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 07:40 am:
ian is gay
By Harry Pothead on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 07:39 am:
i dislike professor snape because i got high
By masker on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 07:39 am:
masker hr will bomb the school he is in.cos he is lookin at this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By joe on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 07:36 am:
ppl will wear monkey suits and eat chocolate cheese!!!!
By Osman Bin Laden on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 07:33 am:
The world is gonna blow up-stephen
Bin laden is gonna eat a bannana-patrick
By BOBBY on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 01:26 am:
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By BOBBY on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 01:24 am:
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By somanna on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 12:14 pm:
china and taiwan can stay together, only and only if i start ruling them both. I mean being the head of the united country.
By Sigit on Saturday, May 12, 2001 - 08:43 pm:
Yesterday is a history,
Today is a gift,
Future is a mystery...
By William on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 - 12:22 am:
The future of this planet is in the balance. The environment is being plundered by a rapacious economic system that benefits so few and disenfranchises so many. But this won't last! In this century we will recognise that anachronistic concepts like government and profit are the harbingers of poverty; tethering us to sheppards whose only interest is how much money can be accumulated from us.
In the future there will be no money. In the future things will be produced according to human need not profit. In the future the only brand name in neon lights will be humanity. In the future there will be no governments but people making democratic decisions about their communities and own lifes. In the future everybody will have free access to the means of life. 'Imagine no possessions', I can.
By asfjk on Friday, February 2, 2001 - 03:37 am:
" Tell me, how you doin'?"
"just livin, homie to the skillet, where is my firebird?"
"Why have a firebird when you can have the love I'm willing to give!?"
"Why have your love, if i can destroy it"?
"You have already destroyed everything, but you cannot destroy something inside of me!!! Burning like fire!!! Like a vission from above my love will conquer all!!! And you too shall fall for my great power!!!"
"My firebird, you have come back to me, let us reunite and rekindle the flame of our fire."
"But that is not your firebird! I am! I just didn't tell, for I knew that if you found out you would be upset! I love you so much, my little Squirrel, please come back to me! I AM THE FIREBIRD!!!!!!!!"
By unknown on Friday, February 2, 2001 - 03:29 am:
so why is it that everyone is so concernd with what they might never get, and what they already have????
By archeebong on Friday, February 2, 2001 - 03:26 am:
i wish we could live in an unpopulated world :)
By johnny rotten on Friday, February 2, 2001 - 03:21 am:
i have food
i am fulfilled
By benicio del toro on Friday, February 2, 2001 - 03:20 am:
no comprendo la palabra
i don't know
i do know
i will know
i won't know
i can know
i can't know
do you know
By Jacob on Monday, November 20, 2000 - 12:23 am:
Dear president can you have food to eat?
By Raymond Besems on Sunday, October 22, 2000 - 05:10 pm:
I have a feeling that nuclear war is going to break out in december this year. Could anyone react on that?
By siphery2k on Thursday, September 28, 2000 - 07:01 pm:
if anyone has views on the petrol crisis E-mail me at email@example.com
By siphery2k on Thursday, September 28, 2000 - 06:58 pm:
can i have anyones prespective on the goverments issues over the use of finite resources
By Kacey on Friday, May 12, 2000 - 05:27 am:
I really agree!!!
By Kacey on Friday, May 12, 2000 - 05:22 am:
I hope that one day we will live in an unpoluted world.
By sweet on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:31 pm:
protect our environment
protect our trees
protect out lovely hong kong
protect our mr.earth
pls forward these messages to everyone~
By *.* on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:30 pm:
i hate chan spring hay!!!
because you don't reply me!!!
By Bovet on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:29 pm:
Why there are postpone in the rescue for the African?[It had killed over 10000 people}
By Suki&me on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:29 pm:
to : hay
your eyes are not open yet...
i don't understand your english...
By princess on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:27 pm:
i hope everyone can have a stable life in Y2K~
no more diseases,wars or sth else
ppl can enjoy their pretty life happily!
this is my hope of 2000!!
By Jennifer, on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:26 pm:
technology will be at a higher and advanced level.
perhaps, we can live in the moon and even the outer space.all terrible diseases can be cured.
but i prefer a better green envirnoment.
surroundings can't be destroyed under the construction of a new world.
By Hay on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:25 pm:
Unification under an autocratic regime is absoultely the greatest misery.
By Bovet on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:23 pm:
I think Taiwan is not the best time to return
China.Because in China,there still have lots of problems,like corruption,poor......And I think the best time is 5 years later.Now, Taiwan investors had invested about 40M into China.5 years later,there will have more investment.At that time,China can use the financial restriction.
By Edward Ng on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:19 pm:
What do you think the future of Russia after the resignation of Mr. Yelstin?
By Edward Ng on Friday, March 3, 2000 - 02:18 pm:
What do you think the future of Russia after the resignation of Mr. Yelstin?
By stupid on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 04:45 pm:
the world now is disorder
there is no hope
let's pray to the god
we hope he can give us live longer
By Zeatual on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:57 am:
i agree with you
By suki &connie on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:57 am:
we will study at home in the future,compture will instead of teacher!
By Bovet on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:56 am:
H.K is a good place.But I think H.K is small enough that can't accommodate more of the people.
By JENNIFER on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:55 am:
u know, "anything possible"!!
unification will be possible .
we still dunno.
By Fion on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:53 am:
Education system should be change in the new millennium.
By Hay on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:53 am:
China will never have any form of real unification unless both sides of the Strait possess democracy.
By Ryan on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:52 am:
reply to roger
The new president of Taiwan coming on March
will be the keyman of the unification between China and Taiwan.If Chan Shui Pin is selected,Taiwan will tends to independent as Chan is against unify.
By Zeatual on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:51 am:
I think if we wnat to have a better future
at least there must be no businessmen
have you hear the news about Hong Kong
Lee's family nearly control the Hong Kong Government
how is the world changed now
how can a family control a city
businessmen is selfish
what they want is to make profit
they don't care about our life
so no more businessmen is good to us
no economic is good
By Hay on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:50 am:
With a great leap in technology,change would come more prompt than whenever before.
Perhaps with the unprecedented change brought by internet,information can no longer be blockaded like what the chinese mandarin did in the past.
With the information unmasked,15 years will no longer be a short period.
I admire your bosom of great fargternity,
nevertheless,I prefer paying more attention on the native situation of China,for our motherlamd,the so-called ''great nation'',is still full of problems.
By Jennifer on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:50 am:
Taiwan and china are" family" indeed.
the unification of china and taiwan maybe a good thing if their conflicts can be sloved later.
it can help the rule and unity of all the chinese
By ROGER!!! on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:49 am:
WHAT WILL THE FURTURE BE IF INTERNET AND E-COMMERCE CONTROL ALL THINGS OF THE WORLD???
some news tells us that in the coming days, phone will be replaced by web-phone, the bookstores[and other stores like the supermarkets] will no longer be at the mall, we have to buy the necessaries on the net by E-SHOPS AND E-MALLS, will that be good? if that really comes true, will that also ture that people may not see each others in their life??? will we feel alone?
These questions we should think deep into it!
By Happy 2000 on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:49 am:
i believe China and Taiwan can be unify and we must trust our "CHINA" !!!!
By edward on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:48 am:
I think Vince Carter will be the most SUPERSTAR in NBA.He is greater the Michael Joradan!!!
By Alice on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:48 am:
In this new millennium,I think technology will develop very fast.But it also have many new preobles we had not been found. So we should try our best to face our future, enjoy our life and solve the problems.
By ed on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:45 am:
china will become the most powerful contry in the world!
By Zealot on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:45 am:
yeah if Taiwan and China can be unifly
that is the great news of the world (at least to
U.S.A they don't need to put any army here)
and it seem to say that countries can be unifly
as one world
this is the hope of me
no war no war please!!!
By Tabasco &Picasso on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:43 am:
The next century will be more wonderful.( God will come soon.)
By 2 Mak on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:43 am:
In the future, rockets will take place of plane!
In the future, T.V. will be outdated!
In the future, computer will CONTROL THE WORLD!
then, how about us?
.........we'll all sleep underneath and play cards with ......
HEY! whatever the future will be, HAPPY will be the top priority!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^.^
By Ryan on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:42 am:
I think hong kong people is so great!
They realize the potential hazard of Y2k may affect the whole economy and daily life,so they start to clear the bugs as soon as possible.
But,on the other hand,someboby was too worry about
the Y2k.they think Y2k is the amergerdon of the world if bugs can't be solved.
By Jennifer on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:42 am:
is there a bright future for china?
in my view, china still remains conservative especially the leading group.
democracy is not yet prepared and fulfiled.
HK SHOULD SUPPORT OUR "CHINA".
By Heaven on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:42 am:
I admit the invention of computer has helped us a lot,but if we still depending so much on it,i believe that we will be controlled by them eventually.Thus,what we have to do is not only invent more and more programme to help us,we also have to decide how to not be controlled by them.
Otherwise,i believe that there will be an end of the world caused by this good helper.
By Happy 2000 on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:41 am:
i hope there is no war and no conflict.
By Zealot on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:39 am:
i think if you want china be prosperous
at least i think not only the political reformation
there must be somethings do with economic and education
but i it is impossable because i think not only
i think the time too short
the real hope of me is there is no any war in the world every people have a good living condition
those are the most important now!
By ROGER!!! on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:38 am:
when do you think that TAIWAN will unifly with CHINA???
In my personal view, I do think that the pesidents between TAIWAN and CHINA will starts to have a lot of meetings in Year 2002, two years later, and, the date of the unification date may be between the next ten years.
No war will be spread out between TAIWAN, CHINA AND THE US.
what is your opinions??????
By Edward Ng on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:38 am:
Someone is cutting the cheese under the rose
By compaq on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:37 am:
i'm sick now~~
i hope there will be no more diseases in the world in the future
By Happy 2000 on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:36 am:
we hope the unemployment rate will decrease and Hong Kong wil remain unchanged.
By Hay on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:35 am:
I love Lu Xun most.
By patricia on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:33 am:
The 20th century had been passed.There were some good things and bad things which are still affecting us.I hope in the new millennium, there will be more contribution and the problem which lasted for long time, can be solve as soon as possible!
By see&po on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:31 am:
we are f.6 students of tuen teens,
we think the Tom.com wii rise to $10
By Hay on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:30 am:
China will have a cataclysm within the next 15 years.the future of China, prosperity or calamity,
would depend on the political reformation it propelled,and the consciousness of all the Chinese.
By Jennifer on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:30 am:
we're glad to see that hk is approaching to a modern new world. it will be stable and ppl will enjoy a better life.hoping that there's no wars and no starvation.PEACE is important!!
21th century must be a good period for us to enjoy!!
By anti-bill gate group on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:13 am:
INTERNET MUST CONTROL THE WORLD.
BE WARE OF BILL GATE!
By Tassadar on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:11 am:
i think there is no any war and discrimination
also like the song "imagine"
By ROGER!!! on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:10 am:
Future world is our good world, not only you and me, but also HONG KONG's society.
By leung on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:08 am:
future world is a wonderful world
By ROGER!!! on Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 08:06 am:
I think the speed of the transport system must bemuch faster then now. May be in the next twenty years, we can travel from HONG KONG to the US in a few hours!
By ANNE GENMIN on Wednesday, February 2, 2000 - 07:28 am:
I think mad scientists will invent a cure to help prevent cancer and make people live longer.People will become hippies again 1970's here we come!!!!!
By Dr. Evil on Saturday, January 29, 2000 - 12:12 am:
Hey! My future outlook? Flying cars!! I think that anything is possible. If we can have airplanes that fly, why not cars?
By random on Friday, January 28, 2000 - 08:30 am:
Silly kid. :)
By me.....or maybe you on Saturday, December 25, 1999 - 02:11 am:
WERE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!
By Colin Smith on Saturday, December 18, 1999 - 02:45 am:
I think that it might shutdown and but it won't be that big of a deal. The power of the goverment won't allow something to demolish our economy. We are too good of a country to let the year 2000 pull us under in the defeat of our nation. I laugh at the fact of power shutting down. It's probably a huge scam of the goverment for their own failer in the past. I personally don't think anything will happen. If something does it won't ruin my new year. From Hillyard, Mr.Hughes Global Issues 101."Hilly Ball Forever"
By Jessica Holme on Saturday, December 18, 1999 - 12:52 am:
HI!My name is Jessica.I also go to Rogers High School.I don't really think anything bad is going to happen. People think that the year 2000 means Y2k or the end of the world.I don't think that our computers will shut down. As for the end of the world,the Bible said that it would be around a millenium and that it would come like a theif in the night.I don't think it will happen in my life time. But I could be wrong,we'll just have to wait and see.
By Jessica Case on Saturday, December 18, 1999 - 12:41 am:
Hi my name is Jessica Case I am from Rogers High school and I am in Mr. Hughes's Global Issues class. My thoughts on the Y2K Millennium is that its fake! I mean come on do you really belive that everything will shut down? Well I don't. I strongly belive that Somebody's going to try and start some of these disasters that are supposed to happen. And after all we are constantly being asked to buy things that we really do not need. So why not people trying to get us to buy things so that stuff does not shut down. And if in fact if there is a Y2K problem, then it probably won't last longer than a few minutes. See ya.
By Chris Robinson on Saturday, December 18, 1999 - 12:02 am:
My name is Chris Robinson I am a student in Mr.Hughes class at Rogers High in Spokane Washington, and I think the Y2k thing is just a big scandel I think it is just a way to have people buy things like, buy this and your computer wont crash in Y2k. If you really think about it do people make money over the inernet and do people make money over electricity yes, so I think its a big joke. Not trying to get you Y2k fanatics mad or any thing but come on do you realy think all electricity is really going to go out? I dont.
By Dave Hygh on Friday, December 17, 1999 - 11:43 pm:
This is a great site
By howdy on Tuesday, December 14, 1999 - 01:42 am:
the year 2000 is going to be awesome baby!
By Breahan Kenneliy on Thursday, December 9, 1999 - 10:05 pm:
I believe that the year 2000 is only feared because we talk about it so much. I do think the world will end, but not any time soon and not all of a sudden. I think that the computers will be fine and damage will be minimal.
By Hi! on Wednesday, December 8, 1999 - 10:58 pm:
I think 2000 will be the same.
By Angel venters on Wednesday, December 8, 1999 - 10:14 pm:
I think that the centery will be the the same and nothing will change. I think there will be a advanment in exercise programs and lot's of other things including computers and there will be a advanment in food.
By Emily on Wednesday, December 8, 1999 - 10:06 pm:
I think that the new centery will have great tecnological disovers I think or I know aliens will land I think it will be scary for a bit and it will take some time altogether I think the new centery will be great
By The Melanator! on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 - 02:20 am:
I think that the future is not going to
be as advanced as expected. Y2K ISN'T
THAT BIG OF A DEAL PEOPLE!!!!!! Also the
world might come to an end soon, but we
can't stop that if we don't know when
it's going to happen, now can we?
Well, thanks 4 the chat
toddles and Ta,Ta
By @#$?! on Tuesday, November 23, 1999 - 11:28 am:
By Ronald Huereca on Saturday, October 16, 1999 - 01:16 pm:
I feel as with all the centuries in the past, there have been steaming conflicts. It is inevitable that there shall be a global conflict in the new century. If there is no epidemic, pandemic, or world war, then we are not really on Earth. We are in a dream land of tropical islands and year long vacations.
As in the past, Europe and Asia have been the centers of conflict and with the nuclear test ban treaty being defeated in the Senate just recently, the World will not cease to stop it's nuclear testing and building it's arsenal. As more and more nuclear weapons are built, there shall be a feud between countries. As in the past, these countries gather Allies until two giant allies emerge. However, the next war could be different. It could have not two different allies against eachother, but three, or four. The world is split up into so many cliques that the prediction for "who's on whose side" is simply rediculous. However, once these Allied powers emerge into conflict, the use of a nuclear weapon from either side is definitely a possibility.
It is impossible to predict the future, but we can make assumptions. Not all world leaders think alike. Some world leaders don't deserve to be leaders. A ten-year old boy could rule a country better than some of these "not to be named" people. However, they are in power; we must fear them? Will the United States TRY to stay neutral like major wars in the past(wwi and wwii)? Will we just stand and watch the war until it comes to us?
Talking about World war I and World War II
War is inevitable. It will happen in the next century. But the way weapons were modernized in past wars was terrifying. There weren't even computers back then! The communciation wasn't as good as it was back then! The ICBM wasn't even a possibility.
If war was to break out, new weapons would be built. Better planes would be built. A weapon powerful than the A-Bomb COULD be built. Then what? Will they use those weapons and bombs?
Once you guys get it through your heads that there has been a major war or epidemic in every single century since mankind has started, you will realize that war is inevitable. We will have a major war in the next century and very possibly a new epidemic of virii.
By T. Pashek on Monday, November 22, 1999 - 09:41 pm:
I believe that y2k is just a big scam.It will probably last 5 minutes and then go away.The government made y2k as a sales pitch to make money off of those stupid y2k kits.I bet the government will now say that y2k is not a threat after they make a lot of money.the end.
By Eddy on Thursday, October 7, 1999 - 12:04 pm:
The 21st Century
There have been worse centuries... by Eddy
Although there have been indeed many "deadly, disasterous" events in the past 100 years, I don't think this century is a particularly bad one, nor do I agree that the 21st century is likely to be worse.
The human and natural disasters which have seemingly plagued the world are simply normally-occuring flukes. It is inevitable that with more powerful and potentially dangerous technology, such as nuclear reactors or automobiles, more mistakes will be made and more mishaps will happen.
However, these unfortunate instances are normally much publicised and talked about in the press and by the general public. As a result, the true incidence rate of these "disasters" is much overblown. A single plane crash in Lockerbie, Scotland, for instance, will be talked about and remembered for months from New York to New Delhi. The spectres of "Chernobyl" and "Three Mile Island" are still with us despite the more than a decade which has since passed.
As for natural disasters, their occurrance in this century has been no more than ordinary in any given 100 years. In fact, the only reason which would make them more noticeable is that there are now more people living in every part of the earth than there were ten decades ago.
Therefore, the effects of floods, earthquakes and hurricanes would be more magnified since they now involve more lives and more damage. However, with modern technology, such as seismographs and weather satellites, the likelihood of lives and property being lost as a result has actually been decreased......Read rest of extract
A Golden Age
As for the next century, there are pretty fair odds for it being a perfectly normal one, maybe it'll even be a Golden Age for mankind, an era of great technological development, universally high standards of living and responsible use of Earth's finite resources. It may the century we learn how to fuse the atom, colonize space, contact alien intelligence, invent time travel and enforce the universal declaration of human rights. It may be the century we learn how to predict earthquakes, stop ageing and establish World Peace. It any case, there is no real reason to quiver and fear the advent of the new millennium. It will probably be a perfectly A-ok one.
Unless, of course, the Apocalypse comes. :P}
(Message originally in the Forum. Thanks Eddy for your thought-provoking essay. Great job!)
By me on Monday, November 22, 1999 - 09:45 pm:
I also believe that aliens will land.
By George Cassutto on Friday, September 17, 1999 - 07:17 am:
The Internet of the Future
It looks like the future is becoming reality as the Internet evolves into Internet 2. With high telecommunications speeds reaching terabytes per second, a new revolution in communications is about to dawn for those who can afford the infrastructure. What innovations will this high-speed internet have for the average person when it becomes available? Will central processor speeds exceed one or more gigahertz during the next few years? Will our global society begin looking like the Federation technology of Star Trek fame? I look forward to your speculations...
Teacher of Young People
North Hagerstown High School
Author of Internet Pocket Guide for Teachers
Available at http://www.genium.com/ipgt/
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
(Message originally in the Forum)
By M. VandenPlas on Monday, November 22, 1999 - 09:45 pm:
I think y2k is just a big scam. It will all go away after about a day.
By Graham on Friday, September 10, 1999 - 04:44 pm:
Before I start, let me first say that this is one fantastic site. Excellent job, everyone!
I wrote this for the news section but since I talked so much about the future I decided to submit it here too.
This site already has a fascinating section on 20th century transportation and I just want to add some comments.
This year alone, many exciting developments in the area of transport have taken place. For one, the first non-stop ballon circumnavigation of the world was completed by Bertland Priccard and Brian Jones in the Breitling Orbiter 3. The ballon lifted off in the Swiss Alps on March 1 1999 and landed in the Egyptian desert 20 days later.
Future developments look as bright: A new supersonic space passenger shuttle is in the works. It will work by continually bouncing off the stratosphere, cutting long-haul commuting times by up to half. Meanwhile, construction of the International Space Station is pretty much going according to plan and the next module, the Russian Service Module, is slated to go up into orbit in November 1999.
Closer to home, auto makers are racing to develop "green" cars using alternative, renewable fuel sources such as hydrogen or vegetable oil. Working prototypes are already on the roads and within half a decade should be available to the general public.
Trains that "glide" or "float" on their rails because of a strong electromagnetic field have been around since the '80s and are now seeing a revival in interest, with inverstigations being made into its feasibility by many city tranportation departments.
On the seas, a new shipping route which passes through the Arctic Circle may be opened as early as the year 2000, reducing shipping times between Europe and Japan by bypassing the ports of Southeast Asia. Feasibility studies are being made and improved ice-breaking ships are being developed. Asian governments have voiced their protest against the possibily development.
As for leisure travel, airlines, cruise liners and car rental companies expect a boon as millions of people travel around the world to celebrate the dawn of January 1st, 2000 in some far-off and exotic place. Plane, train and cruise tickets have been booked up as early as last year but many travellers are wary of travelling on or after January 1st, fearing the possible impact of the Y2K bug, which could render radar and Global Positioning Satellite systems (used by all commercial airliners) unusable.
Personally, I'm scared stiff of travelling around that time so I'm going on vaction a couple of weeks before.
(Note: Original message body remains unchanged except for additional links which were added by Jason, Sizwe and Janine. Thanks Graham, for your excellent submission.)
By A.E.W. on Monday, November 22, 1999 - 10:56 pm:
I don't think y2k is real.Do you
By Edward O'Reilly on Friday, August 27, 1999 - 11:31 pm:
I think the future of the world will be a genetically modified one.
Already today, genetic modification has quietly infiltrated and permeated the world in the form of Genetically Modified (GM) foods. Over two-thirds of the food on supermarket shelves alreay contains GM content.
Genetic engineering in all forms and permutations is progressing by leaps and bounds everyday. Sheep, cows and mice have alreay been cloned by humans and ongoing efforts are trying to clone extinct woolly mammoths from frozen carcasses, rather like how the dinosaurs in the movie Jurassic Park were recreated. From here, how much longer will it be before humans beings are cloned as well?
In the movie Gattaca, genetically improved humans form a new ultra elite class. In Aldous Huxley's book Brave New World, cloned people with lower Intelligence Quotients are produced to take on blue-collar jobs. And all this is not neccesarily Science Fiction. Already, human cells have been cloned but the experiments were stopped on the 14th day of fetal development. At the same time, the Human Genome process, due to be completed in 2005, will allow scientists to better understand and also manipulate the human genotype to eradicate disease and (probably) enhance attributes. Today, the reproductive technology groundwork has already been done. In time, we can expect to see "Reprogenetics" become both accepted and common.
In many other fields, genetically engineered organisms are aiding people in their work. Gold-digesting bacteria are helping gold mines increase their output by nearly 30 percent, microbes are already producing Human Growth Hormone and insulin for human use, and crude-oil ingesting microbes are being developed for use in oil-spill cleanups. In the near future, vats of individual cells will be producing everything from perfume oils to organic plastics.
All this, I believe, will have great benefits, provided the technology is used both carefully and responsibly. However, the great ethical and moral tangle which arises from "playing God" is not going to easy to resolve. We can only hope it will be.
Related link: Science and Discovery
(Note: Original message body remains unchanged except for additional links which were added by Jason, Sizwe and Janine. Thanks Edward, for your excellent submission.)