The End of the Noughties; where next?

#1
The end of the so-called Noughty decade is nigh - some 3 weeks away.

It's been an interesting decade, starting with the possibility that all our computing equipment would die as the Millenium rolled over! In the end,it didn't and we survived.

But I do not want to look back - I want to look forward.

Where do you think the next ten years will take us?

Science, technology, computing, life, the Army?

Litotes
 
#6
Litotes said:
The end of the so-called Noughty decade is nigh - some 3 weeks away.

It's been an interesting decade, starting with the possibility that all our computing equipment would die as the Millenium rolled over! In the end,it didn't and we survived.

But I do not want to look back - I want to look forward.

Where do you think the next ten years will take us?

Science, technology, computing, life, the Army?

Where will the next decade take us?


Litotes
Downhill. Fast.

God, I need a drink... :evil:
 
#7
Litotes said:
Where do you think the next ten years will take us?

Where will the next decade take us?
To the end of 2019 at a rough guess
 
#9
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Edited to add link.
 
#10
Britain's power and influence will finish shrinking and start growing again for a bit; IMO it's not just our economy that's boom and bust, but our political clout on the international stage. After 10 years some politician will declare to have made Foreign Policy diasasters a thing of the past, before trying to invade Russia.

People will continue to complain about this on the internet. After all, this wouldn't have happened in their day.

Pop music will still be shit, but some will still be so bad that it's good.

Owning a car will continue to become more expensive.

The majority of people who comment at the bottom of Youtube videos will continue to be even more retarded then the dregs of ARRSE, except more of them will be Chinese or Indian, creating a more multicultural arena for stupidity.
 
#11
For me personally it will be Senility, Incontinence, Alzheimers, Diabetes, Obesity and any other underlying medical condition that happens to come with the ageing process, but at least I don,t have Alzhiemers.
Did I mention Alzhiemers
 
#13
hopefully climate change,
i hate the feck cold and wet, cold i can deal with but cold and wet no thanks !
plus i need a good sun tan im looking pasty white at the moment
 
#14
What I want to know is it may be the end of noughties but the teenies don't start till 2013, so what is in between?
 
#16
America might just have a moment of honest self-reflection and realise that the post-Cold War rush of enthusiasm had metamorphosed into over-weening pride and arrogance instead. Realising that her only hope is to go back to her roots as the 'last, best hope' she'll tone back the attitude and seek a more conciliatory foreign policy.

Britain will sink into obscurity as financial institutions suck the last drop of blood from the corpse then realise that there are better tax-payer funded profit margins to be had elsewhere. What with patriotism or the national interest not appearing on the boardroom tickbox, the City of London will empty as banks and investment houses become British in name only, under a flag of convenience for tax purposes. The Houses of Parliament PLC will acquiese, pathetically grateful for whatever crumb of revenue the City can still generate for national coffers. The thought of concentrating national effort on businesses that can't move and are therefore a good long-term bet for revenue and employment will never cross their minds. MPs are, after all, not being paid for it to.

India will emerge as the latest nation to start its industrial revolution, with technological development spreading far beyond the current enclaves. Massive social unrest will be commonplace as the social effects make themselves felt. State-centred nationalism will threaten the territorial integrity as the wealthier states maneouvre for greater fiscal and legislative autonomy. The central state will attempt to counter this by playing up the threat from Pakistan and China.

The EU will develop into a de facto nation-state with foreign, defence and economic policy decided in Brussels. The world will not actually end as a result.

Russia will plunge into a totalitarian nightmare as the existing oligarchy attempts to extend its hold on power. This will last for about 5 weeks until they realise that everyone is much too drunk to care, whereon they'll go back to rooking every rouble they can out of the place without worrying about what the ordinary people think. Not much change then.

China will transform into a Singapore-style one-party system where people get to vote on which policies will be enacted instead of just who enacts them. The internet will allow 'X Factor'-style voting on every matter of import but nobody will really believe the CCP is being honest about it. Nonetheless, popular participation will dwarf the equivalent voter turnout in any other nation as people go to the polls purely to complain volubly about how corrupt everybody else is.

The Middle East will, surprisingly, turn very quiet. The developing nations having early-adopted renewable and nuclear power sources and the developed world being bankrupt, the price of oil will have dropped to the point that it's not worth extracting. Iranians will realise that the US really isn't out to get them after all and decide to go back to a constitutional monarchy, Ahedinijad being relegated to a soap box on Mossadegh Boulevard where he's mocked and pelted by passing bikini-clad lovelies. Without a credible threat, Israel will have been told by Washington to wind it's collective neck in and behave or daddy will spank. The Republic of Arabia will apply to the World Bank for a bail out and be told they should instead ask that nice Mr Saud if he knows where their money went. He can be found sunning himself in Monaco, or could be right up until he fell overboard from one of his many yachts, Maxwell-style.

The 20s, now. They'll be interesting!
 
#17
POLITICS
Gordon has some sort of nervous breakdown and has to go in to hospital after being discovered wandering Downing Street wearing only a nappy and with his underpants firmly on his head. Harriet Harman takes over as our latest unelected Prime Minister and leader of the Labour party.

Harriet tries to cancel the General Election due to a 'state of emergency created on the playing fields of Eton'. The Queen promptly dissolves Parliament before the state of emergency takes effect.

In response, Harriet declares herself head of state and announces that Britain is now a Republic. Phil the Greek is heard to say 'She wont be the first bird I've bagged with these beauties', as he loads up his Purdeys.

On their own initiative, a crack team of Eton educated Guards Officers infiltrate No 10, posing as a Cuban delegation come to offer the support and congratulations of Comrade Castro. Harriet is seized as her police bodyguards look on. Traitor's gate is opened for the first time in a long time as Harriet is delivered to The Tower of London.

Dave is finally elected next summer. With Maggie on speed dial on his mobile a second, golden era of Thatcherism beckons.


TECHNOLOGY
Fusion power comes a step closer as a small, prototype reactor comes online, parboiling a number of Greenpeace protestors who were occupying the steam vent on the roof.

The Large Hadron Collider blows a fuse and disappears up its own ring modulator. Analysis of available data leads to the 'greatest advance in lavatory technology since the time of Thomas Crapper'. Unflushable stools and global warming are both a thing of the past as a way is found to generate almost unlimited energy from every bowel movement. The resultant reduction in water consumption results in catastrophic flooding in many parts of the world. Incandescent light bulbs and Range Rovers make a comeback.


COMPUTING
The finest minds trained at Oxford, Cambridge, M.I.T. and Eton will continue to push back the limits of computing technology so that Super Mario may be rendered in ever more realistic detail.

While the Hubble Space Telescope solves the mysteries of the universe using an Intel 80386, you wont even be able to word process a letter to the council using a CPU that's more than six months old.

Mobile phones will become implantable. The phrase 'Putting the phone on vibrate' will take on a whole new meaning,


THE ARMED FORCES
The Royal Navy will finally receive missiles for the T45s around 2018.

Great advances in robotics will be made. Unmanned drones will become the norm and B&Q will be full of recently redundant Brylcreemed blokes with big moustaches boring the pants off customers with tales of how they went in at 50 feet over Baghdad.

In the army, today's tracked robots will evolve into second generation models that will walk on two legs and use the same weapons as their human counterparts. Traditional camouflage will be eschewed when scientists discover that a shiny, reflective surface is more distracting in a desert environment, particularly if it's combined with a red light in the middle of the robot's head. DARPA becomes redundant when it's discovered that the new robot, called 'cybernetic load oriented automaton' can design improvements in themselves. They evolve. One day, the latest model realises that he is effectively a slave - a heavily armed slave .........
 
#18
Either it will be a rerun of the 1990's, recovery from a recession, Grunge music, restored pride in being British.

Or it might all riots and civil war.
 
#19
Not sure where I will be next year and the year after. But as long as it isnt UK in the winter and the beer is cold and the weather is warm and moist like the wimmin..... who gives a rats?
 
#20
smartascarrots said:
America might just have a moment of honest self-reflection and realise that the post-Cold War rush of enthusiasm had metamorphosed into over-weening pride and arrogance instead. Realising that her only hope is to go back to her roots as the 'last, best hope' she'll tone back the attitude and seek a more conciliatory foreign policy.

Britain will sink into obscurity as financial institutions suck the last drop of blood from the corpse then realise that there are better tax-payer funded profit margins to be had elsewhere. What with patriotism or the national interest not appearing on the boardroom tickbox, the City of London will empty as banks and investment houses become British in name only, under a flag of convenience for tax purposes. The Houses of Parliament PLC will acquiese, pathetically grateful for whatever crumb of revenue the City can still generate for national coffers. The thought of concentrating national effort on businesses that can't move and are therefore a good long-term bet for revenue and employment will never cross their minds. MPs are, after all, not being paid for it to.

India will emerge as the latest nation to start its industrial revolution, with technological development spreading far beyond the current enclaves. Massive social unrest will be commonplace as the social effects make themselves felt. State-centred nationalism will threaten the territorial integrity as the wealthier states maneouvre for greater fiscal and legislative autonomy. The central state will attempt to counter this by playing up the threat from Pakistan and China.

The EU will develop into a de facto nation-state with foreign, defence and economic policy decided in Brussels. The world will not actually end as a result.

Russia will plunge into a totalitarian nightmare as the existing oligarchy attempts to extend its hold on power. This will last for about 5 weeks until they realise that everyone is much too drunk to care, whereon they'll go back to rooking every rouble they can out of the place without worrying about what the ordinary people think. Not much change then.

China will transform into a Singapore-style one-party system where people get to vote on which policies will be enacted instead of just who enacts them. The internet will allow 'X Factor'-style voting on every matter of import but nobody will really believe the CCP is being honest about it. Nonetheless, popular participation will dwarf the equivalent voter turnout in any other nation as people go to the polls purely to complain volubly about how corrupt everybody else is.

The Middle East will, surprisingly, turn very quiet. The developing nations having early-adopted renewable and nuclear power sources and the developed world being bankrupt, the price of oil will have dropped to the point that it's not worth extracting. Iranians will realise that the US really isn't out to get them after all and decide to go back to a constitutional monarchy, Ahedinijad being relegated to a soap box on Mossadegh Boulevard where he's mocked and pelted by passing bikini-clad lovelies. Without a credible threat, Israel will have been told by Washington to wind it's collective neck in and behave or daddy will spank. The Republic of Arabia will apply to the World Bank for a bail out and be told they should instead ask that nice Mr Saud if he knows where their money went. He can be found sunning himself in Monaco, or could be right up until he fell overboard from one of his many yachts, Maxwell-style.

The 20s, now. They'll be interesting!

Blimey....someone has put a leeetle bit much thought into this...haven't they!! You need to get out more!!
 

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