History of Science and Technology/Science and our future

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Hello
I watched a man on tv talk about how science has progressed through history. He said one interesting opinion about the tv show and movies of Star Trek. He commented that our technology is advancing so fast, when we reach the year 2370, which is when Star Trek exists in sci-fi, our technology will be more like the 29th century. He said we will be advancing so fast, by the time of Star Trek, we will have technology we cannot even guess at this time.
Do you think that would an accurate possiblity of the future?

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Hi David--that's a question about the future, not the past! :) and I'm no more qualified than anyone else to predict the future, though I'd say 'we will have technology we cannot even guess at this time' is probably a pretty accurate statement.  If you're interested in how the past and present influence our views of the future, you might want to check out my essay on 'the year 2000':  http://homepage.ntlworld.com/carolyn.dougherty/Carolyn_Dougherty/The_Year_2000.h

All the best--Carolyn

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Carolyn Dougherty

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I can probably answer most general questions about the history of science, technology and engineering from ancient to current; if I don't know a specific answer I can probably refer a questioner to an appropriate source. I have done original research in the history of computing and in British science and engineering in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.

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I am a PhD student at the University of York, writing about the carrying trade in the 18th century; my previous work at the university includes the early history of plate railways. I have taught courses in the history of science and engineering at York and other universities, and have presented several papers on various subjects in this field at academic conferences. I am also a practicing civil engineer.

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BA--Berkeley, MSc--Berkeley, MA--York, currently working on a PhD at York.

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