DailyDirt: What Will Humanity's Legacy Be?

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Humans have obviously had a significant impact on the Earth. We've killed off various species and built stuff that may long outlast our grandchildren (e.g., the pyramids, the Long Now clock, nuclear waste facilities, etc.). At some point, we might want to think about what we'll leave behind after we're gone ourselves. Here are just a few links on planning for the future for our world. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 5:26pm

    Dick selfies and cat videos

     

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    JWW (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 6:26pm

    Sure, out of water

    Because if we develop economical desalination capabilities, that won't change a thing, right?

    Remember, however unlikely that seems, 200 years ago everyone thought the fastest you could cross the country was measured in weeks. Flying was not considered in the realm of possibility.

    We will develop desalination technology, because we're going to need it.

     

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, Jun 11th, 2014 @ 9:02pm

    Legacy To Whom?

    I don’t understand who this successor to Humanity is supposed to be. If they share our values and feelings (such as caring about our legacy), then why not call them “Humanity”? If they don’t, then who the hell cares?

     

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    mdpopescu (profile), Jun 11th, 2014 @ 11:19pm

    Empty

    Wow, that first article is the biggest pile of crap I've tried to read in a long time. Besides an overuse of the word "footprint", does anything in there actually have a meaning?

     

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    Jake, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 2:01am

    Re: Sure, out of water

    You mean, "if we develop economical desalinisation technologies before the shit hits the fan", which is far from guaranteed. If we threw Manhattan Project levels of money at crash R&D programs to develop nuclear fusion then there's a reasonable chance of having something shovel-ready a decade later, but do you want to try getting that through Congress?

     

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    Watchit (profile), Jun 12th, 2014 @ 3:35am

    10,000 year clock

    Reminds me of the 10,000 year clock from the Long Now foundation. Just recently read up on that and it's pretty neat.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 6:33am

    Humanity is like a bacterium in a petri dish, it eventually dies from its own waste. Sad thing is, we are aware (some of us) of our impending doom and yet refuse to do anything to stop it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 9:33am

    Re: Sure, out of water

    Blind faith in technology no different than believing in an invisible man in the sky.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 12th, 2014 @ 9:52am

    Re: Re: Sure, out of water

    True, but I'm not seeing much "blind faith" in technology.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Blind faith in technology no different than believing in an invisible man in the sky.

    Difference being that technology actually has a track record of working.

     

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    Anonymous, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Legacy To Whom?

    Those dang dirty apes!

     

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, Jun 12th, 2014 @ 11:38pm

    Re: Humanity is like a bacterium in a petri dish

    Who was stupid enough to trap that bacterium in the petri dish?

     

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