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What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:31 pm

This is simply a thought experiment from a lifetime sci-fi geek. What bits of today's culture & hardware will still exist 10,000 years on? My two are simple:

The music of the Beatles and the M1911.

Sip and start.

Edit: I've been completely taken by the Dune Universe since I first read Dune some 30+ years ago. I know it's since been knocked off-canon, but 1984's Dune Encyclopedia (I have a copy) made it clear that Lennon/McCartney tunes were still played on balisets by men like Gurney Halleck.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:48 pm

Captain Ned wrote:
This is simply a thought experiment from a lifetime sci-fi geek. What bits of today's culture & hardware will still exist 10,000 years on?


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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:57 pm

Twinkies!

oh wait....
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:00 pm

Assuming no environmental contamination, about one-fourth of your carbon-14 content.

I would thrown in another vote for the M1911, and beer. I'm not sure much else of present culture and technology will still be around, at least not in any form that could be directly recognized.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:16 pm

Bread will still be around in the many forms we see today. It's hard to see what other elements of our culture can survive that long. I can see some music making it but not much else.
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:43 pm

The wheel. Sure you can have all sort of unimaginable technological advances in transportation. I'm talking about a simple wheeled cart you can use to carry stuff around, requires no power except your own.
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:45 pm

With or without human intervention?
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:45 pm

EJ257 wrote:
The wheel. Sure you can have all sort of unimaginable technological advances in transportation. I'm talking about a simple wheeled cart you can use to carry stuff around, requires no power except your own.

Didn't think down to that level. Good choice.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:46 pm

mnecaise wrote:
With or without human intervention?

With. I'm an optimist.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:47 pm

Bach will survive. At least some recipes will. Some of today's stories (fiction and non) will be recognizable by those with training, but mutated to a greater or lesser extent.

If we still have an Internet analog by then, you will find something like TV Tropes and lolcats.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:51 pm

Outside of historical keynotes. (Assuming nothing gets lost in a dark age).

Radioactive waste and lunar landing sites, not much else.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:52 pm

bthylafh wrote:
Bach will survive.

I'll buy that.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:54 pm

Krogoth wrote:
Radioactive waste and lunar landing sites, not much else.

I was trying to avoid the full Leibowitz.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:03 pm

Few things:
--probably insects
--possibly a few nuclear waste sites
--hopefully humans
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:05 pm

For reference: around 10k years ago, depending on where you were, your people might have just recently learned how to farm and were still using stone implements; otherwise, you were still a hunter-gatherer.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:42 pm

Styrofoam coolers.
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:52 pm

Some of us will survive for 10k years... Not many tho. 20 years out we will likely live 50 years longer.. 50 years out 120 years longer 100 years out 300 years longer and 300 years out we will likely only die from stupidity.. so about .1% of us will make it to 10k.. mainly because humans is stupid.

music.. all of it will survive even and especialy the realy bad stuff... If you live to be 300 your great great great great great great great great grandkids will be listening to versions of your favority music.. horridly mutated till it makes you shreak in horror;/

All the shows you hate... yes every one will still be shown 10k years from now... but everything you loved will either never show up or will be twisted into a horrid leprous monster.

tramp stamps... because anything that tacky is garanteed by the laws of the universe to stay around FOREVER....

Fat people wearing thongs... even after we cure it in humans the universe will make our eyes bleed by making realy fat icky aliens wana wear em....

French fries...

jelly beans...

fruitcake...
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:07 pm

No chance humans will still be here in 10,000 years. Ants probably.
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:38 pm

wintermane666 wrote:
fruitcake...


Specifically the one your mother in-law gave you for last Christmas. :P AND it will still be just as "tasty" and "edible" as it ever was.

On an only slightly more serious note, shouldn't we be into our next ice age?

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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:54 pm

My Remains..................in my custom designed 316L stainless steel coffin ;)
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:47 pm

Plastic in garbage dumps. Future anthropologists will dub this 'the plastic age.'

(btw people, he did specify 'culture & hardware.' Plastic might be a stretch since it's not exactly culture, but it is a reflection of our culture.)
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:12 am

anotherengineer wrote:
My Remains..................in my custom designed 316L stainless steel coffin ;)


Date: 31/04/3001

We regret to inform you that because of the resource crunch, we had but no choice to recycle your great, great, great, great, great, great, great grand father's stainless steel coffin. - Thank you for your contribution to this world in the time of crisis. I hope you made it to the last intergalactic ship that was leaving for Mars yesterday.


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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:21 am

Nothing. The Y10K bug will be our doom.

-----Original Message-----
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yeah, fancy. but what happens in the year 10,000 ?

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Scorm - Just so you know it is common to do the following when dealing with null WhenExpire dates

AND ISNULL(LaborDistribution.WhenExpire, '12/31/9999') > @StartDate
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:55 am

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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:19 am

In 10,000 years, the moon's orbit will have drifted "just this much" farther away from Earth, allowing Terra to enter a wobbly Weeble-like flight trajectory. The tides will cease and eventually the tectonic plates will stop moving.

People won't be here. But bad 80's music will still be playing at Denny's restaurants.
 
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:10 am

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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:17 am

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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:53 am

Cockroaches
Stupid people
Knock knock jokes (though people will no longer understand why they are saying 'knock knock' and not 'hello' or some other more logical term used when entering someone's personal space. They will simply learn that there used to be a coated deceased biological barrier between them and the person's space they were entering and it was custom to knock on it before entering.)
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:33 am

Sticks and stones as weapons.
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Re: What will survive 10,000 years?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:34 am

Ups, double post
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