SFWRITER.COM > Futurism > Y3K: Daily Life
Y3K: The Science of the Next Millennium
Daily Life in the Year 3000
by Robert J. Sawyer
Copyright © 2000 by Robert J. Sawyer
All Rights Reserved
A thousand years from now, human life will be very different
and damn near perfect. With almost unlimited power being
harvested from the sun, now enclosed by a Dyson sphere
(see my speculations on the future of the
solar system), and with some
people living almost forever as biological entities [see
my speculations on the future of the the human body),
and others existing as uploaded consciousness inside a virtual-reality world
(see my speculations on artificial intelligence),
human beings in all their myriad forms will be free to pursue
The most adventuresome will have left for other stars, or
even other galaxies (see my speculations on
but those living in any one of the hundreds of thousands of varied
communities on the inner surface of the Dyson sphere will fill their
days unfettered by physical wants or needs.
People who wish to engage in cooperative projects will
advertise their availability via their computer-link implants.
These implants will screen the replies, notifying their owners
only of appropriate possibilities.
For instance, a playwright who has been working for the last
two hundred years on her masterpiece may decide it is time for a
performance. The playwright will put out a casting call, and
those interested in acting will respond. And, when they are
ready, another call will go out for an audience. No one need
travel to see the play, of course; it can be transmitted
anywhere, with the audience members appearing together via
Some activities, though, are more fun in the flesh. Those
wishing to play a game of football will look for others wanting
to do the same, and come together via a magnetic-levitation
rapid-transit system that can bring people thousands of
kilometers in less than an hour. The game might be brutal by our
standards, and played without helmets or other protective gear,
since almost any physical damage can easily be repaired.
Speaking of coming together perhaps someone else is
planning a family reunion. His clone parents, grandparents, and
great-grandparents, his genetically engineered half-aquatic
sister, his "brother," whose DNA was designed piece-by-piece in a
lab, and his cousin, who is a disembodied consciousness living
inside a computer, may all congregate in one place.
And that place will be one of great natural beauty: there
will be no old-fashioned cities inside the Dyson sphere, for
there is no need for centralization. And with so much room,
every individual, or group of individuals who choose to live
together, will have large amounts of verdant land. A trillion
people might live comfortably, and without crowding each other,
inside the sphere.
Of course, humans are industrious animals: huge building
projects, rivaling the greatest monuments of the ancient past,
will be erected simply because it is something we enjoy doing.
But there will be no poverty, no disease, and very little death:
humanity will spend its days thinking and creating and providing
company for each other, enjoying the benefits that a thousand
additional years of science and technology have made possible.
More Good Reading
Rob's speculations on the future of:
Rob's essay on life in the future: "The Age of Miracle and Wonder"
HOME • MENU • TOP
Copyright © 1995-2016 by Robert J. Sawyer.