Issuepedia:Prediction Registry

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The Prediction Registry is a central repository for tracking data regarding predictions and the people who made them. This is helpful because without a firm record, it's very easy to misremember predictions, and to forget incorrect ones.

Please read About the Prediction Registry for guidelines, purpose, related information, etc.


To Be Investigated

The following predictions and sources have been entered without checking the source material.

  • World War III - In the beginning:

On or about President's Day, in February 2008; the United States will usher in a new era for mankind. One or more bombs will be detonated at one or more sites in Iran "in an effort to curtail nuclear ambitions". This will create a new day for all mankind.

  • The Peak Oil Phenomenon:

During the year, 2008; food shortages and gasoline shortages become sporadic in various parts of the United States. Although, the food shortage will only need a bandaid for now; the gasoline situation will escalate and individuals (your typical everyday Amercian) will witness fights and hoarding at gasoline stations. This will be brought on by the price of a barrel of oil skyrocketing to somewhere between $150 and $200 a barrel.

  • Wall Street:

A steep; very steep decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Index will occur sometime in 2008; many individuals will panic in the process.

  • Food

At some point in 2008; you will go to a grocery store in the United States; only to find that the shelves are not as filled as they used to be and the price of commodities will escalate due to high fuel prices, dangerous transportation options and possible curfews in local areas.

  • Some commercial predictions:
  • David Brin (see [1]; prediction sources listed at [2])
    • Earth (novel) (see also Earth by David Brin wiki)
      • Subvocal user-computer interface, which NASA reports inventing in 2003.
      • Predictions Registry
      • EMILYPOST viral politeness programs that target rude internet users.
      • Information sieves - programs that sift the Net for content according to your tastes and priorities, learning as they go. They can either enhance productivity or be used to exclude all incoming information that might disagree with your favorite illusions. (Sound like Rush dittoheads?)
        • ...accompanied by Illusion-breaker programs that pierce these sieves and force Net users to perceive news or opinions outside their tailor-made perception range.
      • GAZER or gravity laser uses singularity "mirrors" to tap the higher energy levels within the Earth and emit tuned, focused, coherent graviton beams.** Uplift Series (series/universe):
      • Uplift genetic engineering of animals (um....)
    • Sundiver (novel set in Uplift Universe):
      • Personality profiling which is now a hot topic using PET scanning... though no one is using yet the inherently superior method of eye-tracking.
      • Waldo Whale lets a human swim like a dolphin or orca.
    • Startide Rising (novel set in Uplift Universe):
      • Waldo walker and tools – allows dolphins to move and work outside of water.
    • Uplift war (novel set in Uplift Universe):
      • Hostage Gas forces a population to voluntarily go to internment camps in order to get antidotes to a toxin.
    • Brightness Reef (novel set in Uplift Universe):
      • WOM or Write Only Memory – a recording device that is required to be carried on all ships or cars, that cannot be read until the owner releases the information, or for an extended time.
    • NatuLife™ (novel)
      • Needle-Gym - A simulation-exercise room with needle floor. A million needles on the bottom of a tiny, closet-size "exercise room" rise and fall to simulate any ground or surface, from a street to forest trail, acting also like a treadmill, so that you can run and feel under your feet any surface that the computer shows you in your simulation goggles.
    • Tank-Farm Dynamo, (short story) Analog, Nov 1983 (at least, I thinik this is what "Tank Farm" refers to):
      • Tether space station. A station in two parts, separated by a 100 mile tether, will orbit the Earth in a way that aligns along a radius, deriving "gravity gradient" forces that let liquids settle and provides a sense of up and down.
    • Dr. Pak's Preschool (novel)
      • A Womb with a View. Intra-utero teaching unit. Installed to help a fetus learn before birth and get a leg-up on other pre-pre preschoolers.
    • Piecework (novel)
      • Fabricows - cattle and other creatures that create gene-designed biomachinery in their wombs. Also complex synthetic chemicals instead of milk. Poor women might also do this, creating super-advanced organic entities the old fashioned way.

Singularity Timetable

  • Singularity Timetable predicts a Technological Singularity to happen in 2012:
  • 2006 -- True AI
  • 2007 -- AI Landrush
  • 2009 -- Human-Level AI
  • 2011 -- Cybernetic Economy
  • 2012 -- Superintelligent AI
  • 2012 -- Joint Stewardship of Earth
  • 2012 -- Technological Singularity