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Happy new year everyone! 2020 .. sounds so futuristic and it is!

we pay with our phones and watches,
we have fingerprint scanning technology everywhere that we go,
Neural networks are seeing implementation everywhere,
Quantum computers!
Facial recognition is stronger than ever.
We have cars that drive themselves! (not perfectly mind you :P )

What do you all thing the next decade will be like?

My predictions:
Neural networks and quantum computing will become very big, specially neural network, they're already big but I'm telling you, it'll be on a whole other level. (If you have the chance to invest in a quantum technology/neural network based Index fund do it!)

I also think we'll see the rise of photon based chips/computers.

We may also become cashless in some places by 2030 (hope not)

China will go after Taiwan and maybe take it by force (or try)

Hopefully the Hong Kong protest will be over and Hong Kong will keep themselves out of China's grasp, but knowing china's dirty trick ... they will try many more things to get their hands all over hong kong before the agreed 2047 date.

China's social credit system will make its way out into other countries (scary stuff, if you have the chance to vote against stuff like that: Put all your heart into it)

Analog synthesisers will become more affordable (Look at all this behringer stuff coming out recently!! Yes I'm a behringer shill and I own quite a few :roll: )

A new BoC album maybe? :mrgreen:

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What do I think the next decade will be like?

Ever increasing social and economic division. Hollow words and inaction from the world’s leaders on climate. Increasing demonisation of all dissenting or progressive voices.

In ten years time we’ll know whether we’ve fucked it all up and left it too late to change. Technology is a wonderful thing but it alone cannot save us, and at worst it serves as a pretty distraction from our responsibilities.

Revolution or death.

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Dystopian, absurdly hierarchical, confusing, psychotic, fragmented, alienating, detached from reality. Culture and tradition are being replaced by a weird scientism that’s going to collapse and leave people helpless and confused when they don’t know how to live as a human and express internal emotions and conflicts.
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Sometimes I'm absolutely horrified... Just so many red flags everywhere, greed, anger, hate, confusion, assumptions, distractions and buffoonery... all being exercised and even some with a sort of mob mentality unfounded in previous generations... and yet I am also optimistic... And I know there is hope for humanity. I believe it's possible for us as a species to ascend beyond our own limitations and corruptions... But we alone cannot decide our shared fate sadly....as I said though.. I have hope.

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In_The_Annexe wrote:I believe it's possible for us as a species to ascend beyond our own limitations and corruptions.

That's where you're wrong, partner.
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Have to say I'm not too optimistic for the next decade. It's now or never if climate change/environmental damage is to be tackled and without being too simplistic, it's a battle between collective action and individualism.
The changes needed are too big for 'free-market' - style individual consumer choices to make the difference, no matter what people would have us believe.
Change will have to be dictated and enforced by international government agreements, at the very moment in history where distrust in politics, individualism and the hunger for simple solutions or flat-out denial is at an all time high.
The vested interests on all sides will either stop this from happening, slow it down or make it extremely painful.
But the alternative is even more painful, by magnitudes - ecological collapse, mass starvation and environmental refugees.
The West will increasingly barricade itself off, turn a blind eye and fight wars to secure resources to ensure our lifestyles continue, which we will see as our 'right', with racism used to justify the process.
Did I say I wasn't too optimistic?

Thing is, we've known for decades how to improve our lives, our physical and mental health, while reducing environmental and economic impact - the buzz phrase is green deal or green industrial revolution, but I was reading about it at least 3 decades ago.
Mass electrified public transport, pedestrianized cities, priority for cycling, public utilities, protection and expansion of countryside and green spaces for common use, modern insulated housing, renewable energy, working from home, a four or even 3 day week, a steady-state economy based on repair and recycling rather than expansion of money and manufacturing.
We even had some of this stuff decades ago, but got rid of it.
Now the neoliberal and press consensus is we can't afford it, it's utopian, and anyway hasn't socialism failed everywhere?

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I think before anything good can happen in our post-modern societies, we first have to ascend past this ridiculous ethos of ever increasing atomization and immolation of communities. We can't keep living as if we don't need the people around us in order to have a human life. The first step would be to stop allowing municipalities to grow and chop down the skyscrapers, as well as the system that led to them. The very existence of these dreadful Towers of Spite is an accusation against our collective philosophy, that of individual growth at the expense of others. The capitalist notion of competition only fans the flames of human passion and allows it to grow out of control. It's an infectious evil machination that has replicated itself across the world and it's inevitably going to drive itself to unbridled combustion, and we will see these ziggurats brought down. I'd rather see it happen in a controlled and careful way than as an unwelcome force of chaos.

Furthermore, our age, probably more than any in the past, has been afflicted with a ubiquitous lack of love. Somehow people in our current age have been allowed to grow up thinking that one can and must turn off the switch of empathy when associating with certain people. Wherever I go, I see almost everyone do this. Whether it's in traffic, at a bureaucratic facility, in a store, at the workplace, or even at home, people are always turning away from their hearts and looking their fellow people in the face as if they were a cold, lifeless demon. This is most vicious when it's from a distance, especially through the internet, where one can very easily and casually wish death on another person without a stain on the conscience. Video games and action movies help immensely to engrave this idol into the modern human ego, and they provide a plenitude of convincing polemic to tell us that it's completely OK to have this attitude toward others, and that it's perfectly normal to wish for the blood of another human being just as long as that person has disqualified himself from the privilege of compassion. This, in my view, is the problem of our generation, and I don't believe I've ever seen it addressed in a serious way by anyone, because it's so pervasive that it's extremely difficult even to question it.
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I just want to say that what Drillkicker wrote above was pretty comprehensive in terms of putting into words what a lot of us struggle to on the current era.

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It will be way louder and way faster.

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mechanismj wrote:It will be way louder and way faster.

It's the longest decade and fastest decade we've done in probably the last two years, actually.

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Valotonin wrote:
mechanismj wrote:It will be way louder and way faster.

It's the longest decade and fastest decade we've done in probably the last two years, actually.


Yup. I will have to come up with more ways to tune most of it out. I cannot keep up anymore.

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Thought this fits drillkicker's excellent post.
"I do actually believe that there are powers in music that are almost supernatural. I think you actually manipulate people with music, and that is definitely what we are trying to do."

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