#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, January 7th, 2014 19:27
#2 By: Nakitu, January 7th, 2014 19:47
Huh? I didn't know www.bbc.com was region-locked from the UK...
#3 By: awjt, January 7th, 2014 20:18
It's AndroMilk, dammit! Not weak-ass, milquetoast "Milkomeda," ugh.
#4 By: Textuality, January 7th, 2014 21:17
Seems pretty ridiculous. Oh well, no infographic for me.
#5 By: fireshadow, January 7th, 2014 21:24
The forum is going to resize the picture, but hopefully you can either right-click and open them in another window to see the full-size or use the .co.uk link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc.com/future/bespoke/20140107-far-future/assets/images/far-future-timeline (dot) png
#6 By: Patrick Hutchison, January 7th, 2014 22:46
I feel insignificant, as usual.
But on a grander scale, at least.
#7 By: Jeremy Erwin, January 7th, 2014 22:51
When's the singularity? When do we convert the solar system into a Matryoshka Brain?
#8 By: Patrick, January 7th, 2014 23:49
Why don't people ever consult a linguist before they make linguistic claims? It's absurd to say that no single word will survive in 1000 years. If we judge based on our current data, many words will survive, just as "quid pro quo," survives. And if you allow for spelling variations (which are pretty trivial in a linguistic sense), then words from Old English are still in common usage a thousand years later.
Now, if you said "no single language will survive," you might be on slightly firmer ground, although I'll still scoff. If you define "survive" as "not undergo change," then no single language will survive the night.
I know most people don't realize there actually is a science of linguistics. Still. A claim like that casts into doubt a lot of the rest of it, for me, because I know I'm not equipped to find similar errors in the biology or cosmology bits.
#9 By: Jeremy Erwin, January 7th, 2014 23:53
Dead languages don't undergo changes. Living languages do.
#10 By: Alexandra Kitty, January 8th, 2014 00:00
People can't even predict what they'll do over the weekend...
#11 By: Juan Rudametkin, January 8th, 2014 00:49
Perfect time and place for my all-time favorite Wikipedia page, Timeline of the far future, with mind-blowers such as the year 10⋀10⋀50 (10 to the power of 10 to the power of 50):
Estimated time for a Boltzmann Brain to appear in the vacuum via a spontaneous entropy decrease.
#12 By: Engineer, January 8th, 2014 04:12
Well that's comforting...
#13 By: The Mudshark, January 8th, 2014 04:15
extinction of humans in 5 million years
#15 By: Víctor, January 8th, 2014 05:21
Wait! No heat death of the universe? It feels kinda lacking...
#16 By: Paul Sampson, January 8th, 2014 05:33
I'm convinced that there must be a better name for ours than 'the milky way' (or equivalents in other indo-european languages). That's not a name, it's just a (pretty inadequate plesioreligious) description. It deserves a better name. Where's the IAU on this?
#17 By: Joe Bloggs, January 8th, 2014 06:12
#18 By: euansmith, January 8th, 2014 07:01
Thank you for reposting that.
#19 By: euansmith, January 8th, 2014 07:02
"Earth" is a pretty crap name too
#20 By: euansmith, January 8th, 2014 07:03
"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die"
#21 By: TheMetalPedant, January 8th, 2014 07:25
I know it's just the power of suggestion, but now all my Y-chromosomes feel weird and crumbly.
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