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Inventing the Future:
2000 Years of Discovery
Discovery's Sunday Showcase
Inventing the Future: 2000 Years of Discovery
January 2, 2000, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Discovery Channel takes a two-hour look at the past 1,000 years
and the next 1,000 years in this sweeping production that shows
how far humanity and technology have progressed and how much
further we can possibly go. Gill Deacon, co-host of
"@discovery.ca", is your guide to the past millennium, while
highly acclaimed science fiction writer
Robert J. Sawyer (author of
Factoring Humanity) speculates on
the next one.
In examining the last 1,000 years, we focus on scientific
inventions and innovations that have changed the way humans have
lived. From the clock, the Gutenberg printing press and the steam
engine to photographic images, the bomb and the birth-control
pill, we cover a wide range of creations that collectively have
impacted the economic, political and social landscapes of life.
So what's in store for us in the next millennium? Through medical
breakthroughs and a continuing respect for their physical beings,
humans are expected to take greater control of their bodies.
Sawyer says that it's conceivable the world will be rid of all
sickness and disease at some point in the future.
Artificial intelligence has been with us to a certain extent for
some time, but how far can it evolve? Sawyer foresees a new
generation of highly advanced robots down the road.
How will humans fit into the solar system in the next millennium?
Will space travel be commonplace? What will everyday life be like
a thousand years from now? Sawyer believes that there will be
generations of human clones in existence and that people will be
able to travel to distant stars.
To find out whether Sawyer's predictions come true, we'll have to
rely on the antiquated invention, the clock, because only time
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