Having just returned from the year 2157 in my Chronoskimmer 450SL, I think I can speak with some authority on what things are like. Apparently genetic experiments gone awry have produced giant panda bears which roam the Wyoming countryside (I went to Wyoming, which is what people used to call "Texas" after it became "Florida").
Most cities are surrounded by citrus orchards, which tend to keep the pandas at bay. It's not a perfect system. Sometimes the pandas sprout wings and dive into the cities. This happens more often than you might think, so most cities have a network of sirens set up on the street corners. They all play "La Cucaracha". I'll never listen to that song the same way again.
Space travel isn't as common as you'd think. It turns out that just beyond the moon, the rest of space is just painted on some sort of canvas. Efforts to drill through the fabric have proved unsuccessful. There's a giant zipper in the direction of the North Star, but it's caught on a thread.
That's about all I'm allowed to reveal. I'm under contract to not reveal what happened to Philadelphia. If I were you, though, I'd stockpile kazoos.
I like the idea of an android, but I would be careful with that idea. According to Michio Kaku, the technological singularity is due at any time, I've even heard one estimate that says 2029. The singularity is basically when machines' intelligence surpasses our own, but what consequences would this have for humans? One idea is that we would merge with machines and upload our conciouses to a mainframe type thing, to avoid being eradicated.
So, having bodies would be redundant. We would be the computers. Then again, I'm thinking of the Matrix, where the machines basically used us for energy, so it could go either way.
Even though they don't know exactly when the singularity will arrive, before 2157 definitely seems like a reasonable guess. Think about how powerful the computers which took Apollo 11 to the moon were; I'd guess they were less powerful than my laptop, and they would have been great big clunky things. Now, an iPhone has a similar amount of power as one of those old 1980s computers which they played Pacman on.
This video will probably explain it better than I can. '^^ [link]
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerJan 15, 2013Student General Artist
Why not research some cool technology being created now, and try to imagine how it might be more advanced in the future? For instance:
nanobots [link] programmable DNA [link], tardigrades/extremeophiles (what if humans could create larger extremophile animals?) [link], mind-reading machines [link] , invisibility [link] , robots that can be mind-controlled (even by monkeys!) [link] a machine that helps people learn faster [link] a pill that makes people smarter [link] a pill or device that makes you lose weight without exercising (so many being researched to choose from!)
Think about the world in your story. What dangers are in your society? Overpopulation? Violence? Run out of oil? If that's the case, how might people have tried to create technologies to combat the problems? For instance, if in the future humans run out of oil, maybe more efficient solar technologies are invented. Or if the air is super polluted, maybe people have to wear special gas-masks to go outside.
If your main character is a doctor, research medical technology. If he's a soldier, research military technology. A teacher, research new educational methods. Have fun!