The Tribune Spectrum
Sunday, December 31, 2000


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Tomorrow comes

Extraordinary vistas ahead
Hari Jaisingh

H
ow different will be the much-awaited new millennium? Well, much depends on how and what we make of it. The challenge here is of evolving a new order that should bring about a qualitative change between today and tomorrow.


This is a special issue of Spectrum that consists of articles that put mankind's future in perspective as we stand at the threshold of a new millennium. Most of the regular features have, therefore,  not been included in this issue.

 

 

THE CELLS OF IMMORTALITY
Scientists are tinkering with the natural limits on life span and discovering biological clocks ticking away in each of our cells with the knowledge of how to reset those clocks. Man can now play God, control ageing and lenghten life.

LIFE MATERIALS
Replication of human beings through technology may have been a subject of popular science fiction novels. But today, science has caught up with science fiction. Not only can we now arrange the building blocks of life, we can also add or subtract them.

INTELLIGENT LIVING
A Smart Building is one which responds to our immediate needs and makes our living and working easier, efficient, effective and safer. It is already a part of our lives.

RAPID MOBILITY
The Small Aircraft Transportation System technologies have the potential to propel advancements in transportation mobility and accessibility as we cross the threshold into the Information Age. It will reduce intercity travel time by half.

FUTURE SHOCK
The UFO "event", which might occur within the next few years, will be declared as an invasion from space by "aliens." A new World Government will be established to deal with the calamity.

FUTURE OF WORK
The question is how to substitute quality of life for dependence on money reversing the tendency to force consumers up the market by progressive conversion of luxuries into necessities.

HOUSE OF GATES THAT BILL BUILT
OUTSIDE of Mount Rainier and the Space Needle, Seattle's most famous landmark is simply called "The House." The term refers to the extravaganza of a structure in which Bill Gates lives and holds court.

Adding intelligence to our garments
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ETTING children make as much mess as they like, allowing them to play in the mud-filled ground all day long and having their fill of chocolates and candies and still not having to bother about washing their clothes may seem to be a dream for every parent.

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