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Asking a question will generate a dedicated page. For example a
question might be "when will computers take over the world?"
Events that the question is dependant on can then be tied to this
such as "when will computers become aware?".
Users can rate the importance of a events making those
scores critical, others important and low scoring events not
important. The max date of the critical events would then be the
answer to the question.
Each Event page would have a dedicated forum and the ability to
add supporting information through links.
Users would gain points for rating events and those with high
could become editors to help manage the sites content.
Future technology prediction
[nickthird, Sep 21 2011]
[swimswim, Sep 25 2011]
|I like it, as it might crowd source the steps
necessary for future progress.
|So under "when will there be flying cars?" you
might have "when will there be small light weight
high energy flywheels?" to allow for controlled
landing after engine failure. Then people who
don't know how to make flying cars but do know
how to make flywheels might build the tech
needed for the next steps and might rethink how
flying cars could be made. (+)
|It would be interesting to crowdsource and gamble on the results, like the internet voting prediction sites do.
|"When will mass economic crises lead to a new form of economic warfare" I think would be a good current topic.
|As to flying cars, never. Not smart enough use of the energy investment required.
|It could also put all predictions in date order and give
a timeline for the future
|//As to flying cars, never. Not smart enough use of
the energy investment required.//
I see where you are coming from, but this may not
be true. If you take equal vehicles, then it takes
WAY less energy to roll them vs. fly them, but that
may not be the case. Standard cars need
enormous amounts of crash protection, brakes,
and suspension which adds lots of weight which
wastes fuel. A flying car should only drive at most,
short distances at slow speeds, so significant
weight savings are possible. Adding in a third
dimension would lower congestion, which would
also save fuel. Now add in the energy needed to
support the infrastructure for all those cars and I
think you'd have to admit the energy investment
question is not so black and white.
|//A flying car should only drive at most, short distances at slow speeds,//
|In which case, how does a flying car differ from a light aeroplane, most of which have wheels and are quite capable of taxiing around an airfield?
|Never is a really long time. Given a really long time of equal length to never, it's possible that there will be flying cars or mass market flying vehicles of some kind. If never means occuring after the several decades that one exists, then yes, never.
|// In which case, how does a flying car differ from
a light aeroplane, most of which have wheels and are
quite capable of taxiing around an airfield?//
The ability to drive in a standard width car lane and
having a drive mechanism that, for better or worse,
does not puree nearby pedestrians.
|bun for pedestrian extract