Rafi Amin


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If you could jump in to the future and see one thing for yourself now, what would that be ?

It is impossible to see the future but I just want to know /learn what are the things that you are eager to know of future.

In my case,

I would have jumped in to the future and saw whether Peace comes to my country Afghanistan or not.

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    Dec 31 2012: I see little girls from rural Afghanistan, have gone to school, completed college and specialty degrees in education, built homes for themselves and built schools where they work everyday, teaching, they are self sufficient, they are mentors and role models, they have lovely and supportive husbands by their side, equally educated, with whom they raise their own boys and girls, respectfully care and provide for their elders, as well as help educate generation after generation of boys and girls in their schools. It is a peaceful, blessed Afghanistan, with abundant jobs, people working side by side, busy productivity, a wellspring of art and culture, tourists are coming from everywhere and enjoying the enriching inspirations of a beautiful people..........
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    Dec 22 2012: Peace
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      Dec 22 2012: thank you Colleen.
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      Dec 24 2012: You will have to wait until after mankind is gone for that. So I expect that to be far in the future.

      Unless we hold our leaders personally responsible for "collateral damage" (death of civilians). With a death sentence for collateral damage, war ends overnight.
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        Dec 24 2012: No David....I want it NOW!!!

        I don't think/feel we can "hold our leaders personally responsible". I truly believe peace begins with each and every one of us as individuals. How will peace grow as a global goal, if we do not start the seeds in ourselves?
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          Dec 25 2012: "I don't think/feel we can "hold our leaders personally responsible"."

          By that logic, if a Mafia boss orders someone to kill someone else, and they do, the mafia boss should not be held responsible. If you start a war you should be held accountable for your actions.

          From a purely logical perspective, if an opposing force targets just the leaders less people will die, the wars will have less of a chance of starting in the first place, and the war will end quickly, with less people dead.

          What is the death ration in the first Iraq war 3 or 4 civilians to every soldier? What is the ratio of civilians to terrorists in the drone strike campaigns?
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        Dec 25 2012: David,

        Yes, I agree....if a person starts a war, s/he should be held accountable. However, very few wars are started by only one person. A person needs support to enter full force into a war. WE elect those who have the capability to start wars, so ultimately, it is our responsibility as well......would you agree? Too many people have died in wars...it is time to stop fighting.
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          Dec 25 2012: Note the word "leaders" in my comments above. I do not mean one person. I mean all people voting for and starting a war that leads to civilian death.

          My question is simple, why do we not consider collateral damage murder, and why do we not hold those responsible accountable?

          War is a word that says, I am a leader and a thug, wishing to reallocate wealth through violence, or to pay those who support me in an indirect way.
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        Dec 25 2012: Noted.
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    Dec 20 2012: To a time when the human race has hope again. A hope equivalent to the hope in the early Industrial Age. When mankind got off the ground, looked around, and said, I want to go there. And they did. No excuses, just pure detrmination with a crazy sense of vision.

    If there is ever a time when man kind has that spirit again, it would be a wondrous thing to see.
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      Dec 21 2012: I hope that time comes in next few decades
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      Dec 23 2012: I hope that time starts Jan 1, 2013 :-)
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    Dec 16 2012: I would jump forwards to see a more concrete explanation on the existence of the universe.
    Be it a unified theory or an accurate explanation into the development of the singularity.
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      Dec 20 2012: Endless possibilities in that realm
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    Jan 12 2013: I'd like to see if peace, war and racism were no longer an issue. I'd like to believe that the world would be a nicer place to live in in many years to come.
  • Jan 12 2013: I'd like to see whether we ever become a true space-faring species. I'd like to see the time when humans are spread around the galaxy.
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      Jan 14 2013: As would I, Mr. Penn. It is in my view that our only hope for long term existence depends on us moving out into the stars...and then beyond even that.
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    Jan 8 2013: I want to see how all my kids have turned out--my own personal ones and all the ones I've taught.
  • Jan 8 2013: I really want to know what will happen in my country,and what will be the result of these conflicts between Iran and USA.
  • Jan 4 2013: the ultimate fate of the universe
    • Jan 8 2013: Yep definitely.
      • Jan 8 2013: more : the 'technological singularity', 'first contact', and 'the ultimate product/pinnacle of cosmic evolution´
  • Jan 2 2013: For my personal wish.... To see if truly I will really be a good father, raising my kids back in our ancestral hometown in Central Java while successfully improving the life of the tobacco farmers in my village....
  • Jan 2 2013: Although it would be nice to see something about the future at large, I think that after thinking a little longer most of us would choose something where the knowledge of the future would change our present actions. Knowledge whether peace will come to Afghanistan or if humanity survives will probably not change your present actions or your future life too much. Knowing next weeks lottery numbers most certainly will. Knowing who you will fall in love with will not change your choice of partner, knowing whether you will be happy after 20 years of marriage will.
    As for the question of Afghanistan, the question is not 'if' but 'when'. Currently there are still too many powerful people that fear that they will lose power if there is peace (clan leaders etc.). To change that Afghanistan will a large number of people that believe that they will be better off if there is peace - the internet would help to connect the people to form a large group. But it is just as important to get people to believe that there is prosperity in peace. Afghanistan is surrounded by countries that have peace (at least on the surface) but have little prosperity, so that doesn't help. I'd say that in the wake of the economic upswing after the arab spring some surrounding countries should get significantly whelthier, providing a perspective and a trade opportunity for their neighbours. I'd say sometime after 2030, but I'm no expert.
    • Jan 2 2013: And the other question is not just 'when'....

      I remembered just a week ago, in the wake of 8 years remembrance of the Aceh Tsunami that devastated the Aceh province and the Western coast of Sumatra in my country Indonesia, lots of interviews and analysis have been broadcasted over the TV channels, radios and YouTube about this particularly great disaster that brought many change to Indonesian life.... from how it triggers the Aceh Peace Agreement, how Indonesians manage their local wisdom and the modern technology to be preventive against a natural disaster situation....

      One of the most important things that puts me in great conscience of the essence in your country Afghanistan, as well as mine Indonesia, as well as other developing countries with conflict.... is not just how to get to peace.

      But how to give a peace solution that can LAST FOR A LONG TIME. A sustainable peace for generations. That is the key.
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    Dec 30 2012: I know its kind of selfish but i would see who i will fall in love with
  • Dec 30 2012: I'd like to see a world;
    Where caring about the other is the primary lifestyle in every individuals life.
    Where people do not see each other as competitors, but as collaborators.
    Where empathy exists before judging.
    Where the idea of sharing is common to us. Sharing our joy to everyone, and also sharing our sadness's to someone. And also where the "someones" are honest.

    In short, probably I'd like to see the perfect human being.
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    Dec 25 2012: One thing? CO2 levels in 2025. Just a peek.
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    Dec 25 2012: Next weeks lottery numbers.
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    Dec 24 2012: Whether we have reduced our carbon foot prints and reduced global warming
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    Dec 22 2012: A crime free World......
  • Dec 22 2012: I'd like to see what people in the future thought of us.
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      Dec 22 2012: Interesting . thanks for sharing
  • Dec 22 2012: The only paramount thing that I would want to see is my only son and child happy and emotionally healthy and successful making a difference in order to make the world a better place and displaying the compassion and tenacitu that I have struggled so hard to teach him
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      Dec 23 2012: Your kids are lucky to have you as parent.
  • Dec 21 2012: I would love to see what my girls are doing? What their lives are like.
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      Dec 23 2012: Your kids are lucky to have you as parent.
  • Dec 19 2012: I'd like to hop to about 50-60 years after the fall and wander around the ruins of mankind's dead civilization to see how nature is reclaiming the Earth.
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    Dec 18 2012: I would like to see if any species from Earth ever become capable of interstellar/intergalactic travel.
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      Dec 20 2012: Yep, same here.
      I am sure 500 hundred years ago idea that you can watch someone across the globe and talk to them would've been seen as unimaginable (witchcraft, many would've called it).
      So I give it 150~250 years until a commoner can do such travels (Insha'Allah of course!)
  • Dec 17 2012: I would like to see how society functions after machines with super human intelligence become common.

    Will we leave all the thinking to the machines, and stop solving our own problems?
    Will the machines provide us with customized medicines, perhaps eliminating many diseases?
    Will the machines be able to solve political problems, perhaps bringing world peace?
    Will a machine's invention provide us with cheap energy, available to all?
    Will humans stop playing chess?

    Even if none of these come true, I suspect it will be a very different society.
  • Dec 16 2012: Tomorrow's lottery numbers.
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      Dec 24 2012: Damn ... I wish I would have seen this last week. They will be 1, 18, 35, 39, 44, (11) ;)
  • Jan 15 2013: I wouldd like to see the next dominating species after humans. How they will look like and how they act. How are they different from us. Probly i'll have to go some million yrs forward
  • Jan 15 2013: I'd love to see the effects of human activities on the world and the environment. A good place to start would be the 'Earth song' by Michael Jackson. We shall have brought about more war, diseases, terrorism... and we shall at some point wonder what was the purpose of all of this? Prayers of peace, followed by action... is urgently needed. Will a great spiritual evolution take place, shall the world have transformed itself in to one where peace, love and unity are the order of the day.
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    Jan 14 2013: I think I would choose to find out whether anything we do now truly matters; there will be a point in time in the future where humanity is either dead and gone, or has succeeded beyond the ability of any war or ecological disaster to destroy it. I would like to know what those humans are like, and if what we do to day matters in that struggle.
  • Jan 12 2013: If children are still smiling to eachother in the future...

    it's the only way you can know there is any hope.
  • Jan 12 2013: Well, frankly speaking, it would be a buzz kill, so I'd rather not lol

    But if I should, then personally, I just want to see how I’d be doing in the future—whether it's 20 years after or 30 years after.

    And if there's anyone who died or something changed drastically in my country, then I shall keep this in mind that I should treat the person who will die in 20 years wholeheartedly so that I wouldn't regret while saying, "I should have been better to him/her." in the future.

    If what future shows me is something bad, something we wouldn't really want to face, I would keep cheering myself up to do something right to see if I can give it a shot to change the flow of future generation's 'drastic change' beforehand.

    …And even if I have a chance to see what would really happen in the future, I wouldn’t want to convince people as some sort of prophet.

    Even if I see what future holds for us, I shall not talk about it a lot.
    I know how small I am. I may be passionate, but I don’t want to force people to listen to me as if I am the only one who knows the truth. They might not listen to me at all.

    So many burdens to take.

    Nonetheless, interesting question, indeed! :)
  • Jan 12 2013: I do not know which career path to chase in my life and that is why I would like to see myself . Just to be assured that I can make the ''impossible'' possible and not to be scared of what I really want.
    • Jan 15 2013: Are you limited to only one career in your lifetime? Start down one path and then figure out how to navigate towards the other. keep your options open.
  • Jan 11 2013: I would like to see "water cars"... End of the EVIL OIL..and will like to see if it will change power dynamics amongst various countries of the world
  • Jan 11 2013: I would like to go into the future 500 years to see what advancements had happened and what they were saying about our time now. This would include many of the current problems we are facing. i.e. Poverty,Accessible drinking water, Global Climate issues, Food supply and distribution, Healthcare,Population size, Education, War, Economics, Pollution of everykind and of course Technological advancements. I can only hope that what they say would make me proud, but they way the pace of things are going I think this is unlikely. But I still hold out hope!! Thanks...
  • Jan 10 2013: I think I would like to visit the far-flung future, maybe 2000 or even 3000 years from now and just sit on a bench (or whatever it is that people sit on in the future).

    I would like to watch as people go about their day to day lives and look for similarities. Like the way they walk and talk, the way they might rush around with a coffee or some futuristic beverage or the way they might chat amongst themselves on the way to work and school.

    I would love to see how much of us is in them, how much of our cultures, personalities and idiosyncrasies survived the passage of time, no matter how diluted and how they would have mixed together to form permutations of ourselves that we would never even have considered. At the end of my journey to the future I would like to know whether mankind got better with age or is the worst yet to come; and with all the differences and variations, who is more human?
  • Jan 10 2013: I would want to see at what moment I would be the most content in my life.... I'd like to see the expression on my face and feel how I would feel just for a moment.
  • Jan 8 2013: I would definitely want to see how I am doing financially. As a freshmen in college it stresses me out knowing that when I graduate I will be around $40,000 in debt, I know that isn't as bad as some other people have it, but I would love to see how I am doing when I am 40 (being 18 now).
  • Jan 8 2013: Interesting. What does the 'singularity' mean? Does 1st contact mean god (or gods)?
  • Jan 8 2013: Eternity.
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    Jan 4 2013: On my philosophical side, I am not sure there would be anything new to see in the near future. I mean, a war may end in one place and be ongoing in another. My ipad might have a holographic display... but, I don't believe there will be a " I never saw that coming moment". If I go farther out in time, and find that the earth has been visited by a being from another plant, that would shake my belief that mankind was a joke played by God on the universe. Worse case, I would find the earth as part of the corona of a dying sun. Pragmatically, I would just want the lottery numbers.
  • Jan 4 2013: I'm gonna be a bit selfish here - I've lived with war, violence and death for a sizable chunk of my early life. I've also had to face it down myself a few times in these later years. It's not death that bothers me though. It's somewhat familiar to me now. What does bother me about it however is not finding out about how everybody's life works out.

    Will B realize her potential and come to terms with her mom before it's to late.
    Will my nieces stay close and draw strength from each other.
    Will my little brother find peace.
    Will my nephew chase his own path.
    How will E's marriage survive the MS.

    So many questions and hopes for the future. It's impossible to pick one.
  • Jan 4 2013: Damn, one thing, there's so much to see and do in the future. I don't think I can decide...
  • Jan 4 2013: Hope your dream c ome true. If I had this superpower, I hope to whether I had travelled abroad. magnesium sulfate from Rech Chemical Co.Ltd.
  • Jan 2 2013: I would have find the key of my luck, which wouldn't be possible.
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    Jan 2 2013: How much invalid happiness is there then?
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    Jan 2 2013: Rafi, it's of course a loving concern you have about your Afghanistan. What would you do once you found out whether there is peace or not on a chosen future date? Would it alter the course of your days? How would it alter the course of your citizenship today?
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      Jan 2 2013: Hi Genevieve,

      I have actually spent my whole life in war, my mother said when I was born war was continuing in our village, I spent my childhood & teenage time hiding from bullets and surviving. I count myself one of lucky ones who survived.

      Unfortunately it is still not over and I,m tired of it , I just want to get out of this situation no matter what I need to do and would never want my kids go through this experience.
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        Jan 7 2013: You might be a young person, but I hope you might be happy to know that there are people in their 50s and 60s who remember being curious international tourists in Afghanistan in the 1970s--going to see the buddha statues in Bamyan and the markets in Kabul. They miss this dearly. But, I really think that peace-time Afghanistan is retrievable :) Nothing is impossible!

        I have an idea: why not put out a request to people on TED, on Facebook, and twitter--all over the world to upload their old beautiful pictures of Afghanistan? Build up a digital memory of what Afghanistan really is in peace times. I think people would totally participate--who wouldn't want to celebrate having known this lovely country when it was open to the world? Looking back, what a rare opportunity it was! And it would be a lovely tribute to a culture put on hold for 30 years. Who knows, it could motivate the hardest people to turn this war around. I know one Japanese man who has photos of himself visiting the buddha statues that he showed me once. I'll ask him to upload them (tho he might not like FB). I'll ask the TED community in an "idea" module if they have any photos to share to a FB page. If so, I'd love to show you the "future" of Afghanistan :) (made from important pieces from the past...) [Update: Some friends have helped already: https://www.facebook.com/TheAfghanistanIKnow ]
  • Jan 1 2013: If humanity survives.
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    Dec 29 2012: I'd like to see the successful use of a time travel machine - then get in - come back and do it all over again. :)
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    Dec 29 2012: If my suspicions Facebook will be replaced by a truly social, non-commercial, user-supported version of something similar, like private personal blogs. They will look like anything we want them to, and they are connected to each other through a list of 'friends', but we can more-readily compartmentalise our 'friends' like we do in real life, without ads and irrelevant 'likes' popping up. It will be self-funded, and if I like a product, I can say "hey, I like this product", stick a link to it in my profile without the company who owns the product knowing. I think people want to be more genuine than what Facebook currently accommodates. It's become a machine, and I think people like the 'cottage' feel of something more unique and personal.
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    Dec 26 2012: space exploration , how far it would reach !
  • Dec 26 2012: I would see a lot of augmented reality everywhere with very advanced mechanics. I would own a watch with all of these functions Speedometer - speed
    Barometer - pressure
    Thermometer - temperature
    Altimeter - altitude
    Seismograph - seismic activity
    Hygrometer - h2o level
    Compass - direction
    Odometer - distance traveled
    Pedometer - step calculator
    Cardiograph - heart beat counter
    Multimeter - electronic tester
    Distance Meter
    Calorimeter - Chemical Reaction
    Lactometer - Milk Testing
    Chronometer - Time Keeper
    Magnetometer - Magnet Tester
    Light Meter - Measure Light
    Chemical Detector
    Metal Detector
    Phase Frequency Detector
    Radio Frequency Detector
    Glucose Meter
    Gas Detector
    Degree Meter
    Dilatometer - Measure changes in volume

    Every object oriented program on my watch could transmit an receive data somewhat similar to wifi but faster using an advanced system broadcasted world wide. We would never need to use battery's or fuel for power because we would print 3d objects that would be vital to our environment and intertwie nature with human intelligence. Food would be very nutritious and all sicknesses would be cure able along with health issues of any kind freely. Human intelligence will increase with a domination of abundance toward the rest of the universe and in the end of mortality as we become immortal we will all actually invite the posibility to remember and undo every mistake we as humans ever done.
  • Dec 25 2012: Tough one!
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    Dec 24 2012: Simple, the internet. This way I could come back with all the knowledge I want or need.
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    Dec 23 2012: In my lifetime I see where attempts to revise history were made. I would like to go forward to see if history was recorded accurately or revised to fit a purpose.
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    Dec 22 2012: I hope to see that people's minds have changed and that most other people have realized the importance of knowledge and forming new ideas. Also minds of peace and peace on Earth,
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    Dec 21 2012: I would like to see moral, justice, taking care about enviroment, pureness, natural beauty. Also I would like to see human relations, that is so formal nowdays. I would like to see families, their relations, and kindness.

    All of these stuff are exist, but I would be happier, if there are more of that.
  • Dec 20 2012: A working nuclear fusion power plant.
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    Dec 20 2012: Oh, sorry Dave, I meant to reply to your question below, and I think I forgot to hit the reply tab. Anyway, I almost never fantasize about the future, Dave. I probably have some general life goals which I work toward, but I understand that as life changes in the moment, my goals may reshape as well, or my idea of how to achieve them may change. I realize I may achieve some version of my goals in the future, but it may look quite different than how I imagined it in my head, or the means by which I achieve it may turn out to be quite different than how I imagined it. Then of course external events that I can't predict may impinge on my life's journey. I really don't mind all this because it strikes me as just being how life is.
  • Dec 19 2012: It would be lovely to see what beauty mean that day.

    I will not be surprised to see how petty i have been while living.
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    Dec 19 2012: I never think about this because it is impossible, we cannot jump into the future. I enjoy living life in the present, doing my best at every moment.
    • Dec 19 2012: Greg, I understand the nobility of living in the moment, but do you not ever fantasize about the future?
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        Dec 20 2012: Dave, please look above for my reply to your question, as I neglected to hit the reply tab when I composed it.
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    Dec 18 2012: I would se what plays out in the middle east.
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      Dec 24 2012: If the internet remains open there, I fully expect a separation of church and state, as states with religious leaders fail over and over.
  • Dec 17 2012: That my visions benefited mankind a hundredfold. Thus, it was a better world because I was here. I pray God it be so.
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    Dec 17 2012: Jump forward and see if the human race has destroyed ourselves or worked together to save ourselves. I mean this by the way we contaminate the earth. I don't like when people say "save the planet"... the earth would flourish without the human race, it doesn't need saving, humans do. I would just want to know if I should keep faith in our society.
    • Jan 15 2013: I like this comment. It makes me wonder about all the people who do not believe humans are the cause of "global warming" (or that it exists at all). If they thought about this statement; would they be able to deny that argument any longer?