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newtoboard
01-28-2014, 05:37 PM
Flying cars ? Jet packs? Or on a more realistic note will there ever be a Bering bridge or transatlantic rail tunnel?

emmental
01-28-2014, 09:30 PM
Hyperlooping

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tube-travel-elon-musk-joining-crowded-field-of-inventors-looking-to-redefine-speedy-transport/

Ian B
01-29-2014, 01:04 AM
As our streets become even more congested, and our atmosphere even more polluted, I suggest that there are only two ways left to go.

1. Development of low level flying craft to transport goods and people; or
2. Building massive underground systems.

Both would be reliant on development of other than petro carbon fuels.

Another factor for consideration would be the reduction in privately owned "commuter" vehicles.

(Let the war begin) LOL.

Baltimore1937
02-01-2014, 12:33 AM
Some planet-wide catastrophe will put survivors back into the stone age. Then we'll be paddling our canoes.

Alanson
02-04-2014, 05:09 AM
I think humanity has reached it's technological and scientific threshold.

MikeWhalen
02-04-2014, 03:33 PM
I think we in the western world for sure, and more and more elsewhere, are driving towards a very dangerous cliff with the use of fossil fuels.

I dont say this out of any environmental angle (thats for another discussion), but just that it is becoming a more rare resource and it is the backbone of modern society (well, its the combustion engine that is, for all transportation modes, much of the electrical supply/distribution, food distribution ect)
-fraking, arctic drilling, deep sea drilling were all too expensive/difficult for the longest of times, but as the easy to get to oil is used up, it is more and more the only new oil is these hard to get types...thats the best truest practical sign that oil reserves are starting to go

How many decades will the relatively cheap supply of it last before it becomes a genuinely expensive rare commodity...watch how ugly the world gets as the big boys 'do what they gotta do' to ensure their critical supply of it is protected!

Oil wars, real big oil wars, not the little 'sorta by proxy/one of the several reasons for war' that we have scene the last decade, but tank columns driving hard to be the first to claim an oilfield...in the middle east, in Alberta, in the Caucasus's, in Siberia

Think it wont happen? check out how things worked out during some 3 day power outages, or 5 day ice storm outages and such the last decade..in north america at least, the infrastructure was shown to be pretty damn weak and food runs out fast if the trucks/boats/trains cant deliver it

so back to the OP question?
a new engine that genuinely replaces the old combustion engine...for a while I had hopes for the new hydrogen engines...there had been a canadian company that for a while, was really starting to do well and make some international noise...but something seems to have gone wrong and that technology is stalled
-in any case, whether its cold fusion like the set up the 'Mr Fusion' of the movie 'Back to the future fame' or hydrogen or something else, I really really hope for the sake of our children that a new engine is discovered that will fairly easily slide into the present modern infrastructure
...if it dosnt, it will be flip a coin whether its water wars or oil wars that rips up the globe a la WW3

Mike

apophis99942
09-26-2014, 07:19 PM
I don't know, but its fuel source could be your belly!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140902114414.htm

dp
09-27-2014, 05:50 PM
I think humanity has reached it's technological and scientific threshold.

That's a bit pessimistic :-)
dp

Alanson
09-28-2014, 03:48 AM
That's a bit pessimistic :-)
dp

It is but I believe it's a reality because there is no more creativity and many of the so called advancement are just recycled. Maybe humanity knows the danger of technological effect that it will have if robotics takeover of service and labour industries. I have believe that after this threshold is reach that regression and collapse will begin and thus humanity will return to it's initial non tech Savy world. Since when one reaches the threshold it begins the cycle again.

apophis99942
09-30-2014, 12:37 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqLpqR0SPnQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHGTNoOCCI0

http://www.gizmag.com/quant-e-sportlimousine-approved-europe-roads/33020/
http://www.gizmag.com/renault-reveals-235-mpg-eolab-concept/33831/