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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: THE 12 GREAT SHIFTERS

May 29, 2010

12 events that will change everything, according to Scientific American:

…What dramatic events are in store for humanity? Here we contemplate 12 possibilities and rate their likelihood of happening by 2050.  Some will no doubt bring to mind long-standing dystopian visions: extinction-causing asteroid collisions, war-waging intelligent machines, Frankenstein’s monster.  Yet the best thinking today suggests that many events will not unfold as expected.  In fact, a scenario could be seen as sobering and disappointing to one person and curious and uplifting to another.  One thing is certain: they have the power to forever reshape the way we think of ourselves and how we live our lives.

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