Wil McCarthy on next 50 years

From: Damien Broderick (d.broderick@english.unimelb.edu.au)
Date: Sun May 14 2000 - 01:55:44 MDT

I've just stumbled upon this essay at


                using nothing more than the
               science of demographics, we can make
               some shrewd guesses about the course
               of the next 50 years

[Wil McCarthy is a rocket guidance
               engineer, robot designer, science fiction
               author and occasional aquanaut. He
               has contributed to three interplanetary
               spacecraft, five communication and
               weather satellites, a line of
               landmine-clearing robots, and some
               other "really cool stuff" he can't tell us
               about. His short fiction has graced the
               pages of Analog, Asimov's, SF Age and
               other major publications]

McCarthy sees that aging might be modified eventually, but doesn't pay much
attention to, say, AI or nano minting. Still, his little piece is
interesting and optimistic.


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