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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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In ten words or less, what is a question no one (yet) knows the answer to?

Is there life outside of our planet?

What's a bigger factor in our development: environment or genetics?

Is there any real truth, or is everything relative?

What will the earth be like in 100 years?

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  • Dec 11 2011: What is the maximum potential of a human being? How about the human race?

    Here is my fantasy scenario. Humans exist on Earth for another one million years. Technology has become so evolved that it can not even be seen anymore. Underlying our vision of the natural world is a layer of nano-type technology which supports daily life as we know it. This technology interacts with us without even needing an interface. The human mind and body is entirely compatible with this invisible support system. Not only is our environment enhanced but due to vast new libraries of information the mind and body itself has reached a level where it functions at an exponentially greater level then in AD 2000. Information and understanding is transferred Matrix style so that a wide body of skills can be attained in a lifetime (Assuming that we can even die). Anyone from our current time looking at this world might think they are looking into a scene of Lord of the Rings where Elves are running around the forest performing magic. One might even think they got teleported back in time to some mystical era rather than ahead. In reality it is a highly evolved, technological society, fully integrated with nature, whose residents have unlocked many of the secrets that this universe still has stored away today.

    Ending note: Slowly fantasy is becoming a reality. Maybe one million years in the future things like magic, dragons, and superheroes will really exist. Albeit through a natural evolution of technology and application.


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