What is Future: Definition and 784 Discussions

The future is the time after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics. Due to the apparent nature of reality and the unavoidability of the future, everything that currently exists and will exist can be categorized as either permanent, meaning that it will exist forever, or temporary, meaning that it will end. In the Occidental view, which uses a linear conception of time, the future is the portion of the projected timeline that is anticipated to occur. In special relativity, the future is considered absolute future, or the future light cone.In the philosophy of time, presentism is the belief that only the present exists and the future and the past are unreal. Religions consider the future when they address issues such as karma, life after death, and eschatologies that study what the end of time and the end of the world will be. Religious figures such as prophets and diviners have claimed to see into the future.
Future studies, or futurology, is the science, art, and practice of postulating possible futures. Modern practitioners stress the importance of alternative and plural futures, rather than one monolithic future, and the limitations of prediction and probability, versus the creation of possible and preferable futures. Predeterminism is the belief that the past, present, and future have been already decided.
The concept of the future has been explored extensively in cultural production, including art movements and genres devoted entirely to its elucidation, such as the 20th-century movement futurism.

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  1. TR094

    A curious young future physicist

    im TR094, i like physics (particle and nuclear physics to be more specific). im at 8th grade right now (in finland grading system goes 1-9, 7-9 being high school). i get good grades at math and science but am weak to laungage. my dream place to work at is in los alamos national laboratory...
  2. U

    What kind of technology will be available in a million years from now?

    What kind of technology will be available in a million years from now? Is the world going to be a better place in a million years from today? Will it be possible to solve chess or have completely self-driving cars and self-driving trucks in a million years from now?
  3. R

    B Define a vector that transfers the reference systems to the future

    Suppose a stationary reference frame, any other reference frame will have a clock that advances at t'= t/gand is moving away at velocity v. g is the relativistic factor. we can write: C d t' = Cdt/g and d x = v dt this can be written (Cdt',Cdx)=(C/g,C v) dt ; since 1/g2+ v2 =...
  4. B

    Is Time Travel Possible with Science?

    I subscribe to this forum because I like science. I think science is the future and I don't know why but I think that time travel is possible with science. I looking article about this subject and this is amazing. I want to learning more about time travel and other science subjects. Thanks for...
  5. Joshua Akano

    Thinking Critically Of The Future Of Science

    How did you find PF?: Google Search In engineering, math, physics, and astronomy, which one has a fast development speed?
  6. K

    B Celestial objects in the very far future

    Dear Physics forum, Recently I read about iron star, the consequences of quantum tunneling. And I wonder of these things. Considering protons don't decay, and there's no big crunch and the universe expands normally (heck, I don't know what "normal" is) so there will be no big rip. So in the...
  7. Jarvis323

    Current and Future AI Threats to Humanity and the Human Response

    There has been an explosion of discussion among experts about the evolving/growing dangers of AI and what to do about it. This debate has gone public, largely due to the recent success of generative AI, and the rapid pace of improvement. As an example, AI models which can generate images based...
  8. M

    I Is there any way in the future to determine the Universe's size?

    I am frequently contemplating the size of the universe. Logic tells me that existence cannot is end as there really can’t be anything as anti-existence but if the universe loops back on itself; it may not be an issue. Is there a possible way in the far future to semi-accurately measure its size...
  9. Eveeeeeelynzzz

    Programs In need of advice: How do I become a mathematician?

    I’m currently a senior in high school. All of my applications are finished and I am now in the waiting zone. At the same time I started to wonder what my future will be and frankly I was quite inspired by the discussion in 2006 about what does it take to become a mathematician. I was pretty...
  10. .Scott

    Methalox Rockets: First Attempts, Future Plans

    Per Spacenews.com: It appears that Zhuque-2, built by the Chinese firm Landscape, failed to reach orbit yesterday. That was the first attempt to reach orbit using methane/oxygen boosters. However, more methalox orbital attempts are coming soon: * Relativity, a Long Beach, CA company that uses...
  11. Abheer Parashar

    Rotating Detonation Engine, the future of aviation propulsion?

    Hello everyone, I am Abheer and I am a high school student. Few days back I saw an article about RDEs (Rotating Detonation Engines). The article said it is the future of aviation propulsion. I want to ask, is it really so that RDEs are future or the low/high bypass turbofan engines will continue...
  12. Astronuc

    The Future of Rocket Propulsion, What To Do About Emissions

  13. D

    B Communication Options With Future Deep Space Probes?

    I was wondering if humans send spacecraft far enough into space in the future (for example Alpha Centauri or other star systems further away), is there any particular distance where it might make more sense to communicate between star systems by making a star blink with some sort of shutter...
  14. J

    The future of mobile computing forensics analysts

    Hi there! I am a student in my first semester of undergrad studies for computer science. The first assignment in my CSC class is to write a paper on the future of computer science, which can be broad or niche. My end goal is to get a job in mobile computing forensics analysis, so this is what I...
  15. kyphysics

    The Future of Email Account Usernames

    I tried creating a new Gmail account. I have several that have become de facto defunct (lost passwords with no way to recover). . . I've noticed every combination of words/letters for my attempted new username entry had been taken. That sucks. I had to literally come up with a stupid...
  16. Melbourne Guy

    Writing: Input Wanted Future weapons that are portable....and destructive

    I'm running out of ideas for portable - which means single person carry, assuming the 'person' is a biomech Royal Guard bred for strength - weapons. I've used blasters, proton canons, disrupters that generate beams of spin-entangled top quarks... So, I'm up for suggestions that aren't the...
  17. MathematicalPhysicist

    Suggestions for future reading — Supergravity by Freedman or A First Course in String Theory by Zweibach?

    What do you recommend to read first, Supergravity by Freedman or A First Course in String Theory by Zweibach? For future consideration.
  18. T

    COVID Future of COVID in North Korea

    So north Korea announced its first COVID outbreak a few days ago and now nearly 200000 people caught the "fever with unexplained causes". North Korea itself has poor medical and anti Covid tools due to persistent sanctions against it. What do you think this will mean for the country and Kim Jong In?
  19. Astronuc

    Understanding SARS-Cov-2, Effects of Covid-19 and the Future

    The original article from Statnews, "Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel" didn't sound right. SARS-Cov-2 is the virus, Covid-19 (Covid) is the illness (Coronavirus disease) or set of symptoms caused by the virus...
  20. A

    Tricycle racing a good contender in future Olympic games?

    Tricycle Do you feel Tricycle racing can be considered a good contender as a potential game in future Olympic? Can Tricycle offers good speed to the cyclist?
  21. shivajikobardan

    MHB My Failed University Life: Addictions, Depression, and Uncertain Future

    1) Really messed up my uni life. Indulged into various addictions like addiction of making money online. making free money. wasted almost 3 years of uni life in it. 2.5 years to be exact.. Didn't keep notes of any subject even though i passed subject with ease as I had good track record of being...
  22. C

    Stress at Plate Boundaries vs. Pure Elastic Stress: A Comparison

    Hi PF! I'm teaching a little unit on tectonic plates and have a question about the projected pattern of future plates. I know that plates can be broken into 2 (or more) new plates as the result of a continental rift. Our textbook also says that "The Atlantic seafloor may eventually become old...
  23. J

    Can the Genesis Project really seed the galaxy with robots?

  24. Dennis Plews

    Saving Our Future Earth: Keeping Our Planet in the Goldilocks Zone

    Summary:: A proposal for keeping the Earth intact during the Sun’s Red Giant phase. The following is a hypothetical method for keeping our Earth in the Goldilocks zone during the Sun’s Red Giant phase offered for analysis and critique by those amongst us who are more knowledgeable than I. Your...
  25. ergospherical

    Is Predicting the Future of the Universe a Waste of Time?

    If you have half an hour to spare... I found quite a cool video. 😄 (sprinkled with David Attenborough, Brian Cox, NdGT soundbites hehe) my favourite bit's at around 17:00... when black hole go "brrrr" 😌
  26. Dale

    I Future null infinity confusion

    So I was trying to get a bit better handle on the definition of the difference between an event horizon and a Killing horizon. Locally they are indistinguishable, and the key difference (to my understanding) is that the event horizon is the last Killing horizon that escapes to future null...
  27. M

    What are some possible future applications for supersolids?

    Scientists finally created a 2D Supersolid! There existence has been predicted since the 60’s and now we have them. The scientists who created it don’t really know what it could be used for as it’s so much in the infancy stages, it’s practically a zygote. As an aspiring futurist, I was wondering...
  28. S

    Future Italian Nobel laureates in physics?

    Apart from, perhaps, Giorgio Parisi, are there any potential nobel prize winners from Italy or anyone who has worked in Italy?
  29. jedishrfu

    News When Will Society Collapse Due to Pollution?

    A recent article on the Club of Rome 1972 prediction of fast economic growth leading to societal collapse in the 21st century: https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3xw3x/new-research-vindicates-1972-mit-prediction-that-society-will-collapse-soon
  30. PhysPaig

    Admissions Feeling down, did I mess up my future?

    Hello everyone, I'm currently a physics undergraduate that just completed her second year of college. I love working physics problems and have always been passionate about going into physics research. My plan is to graduate and then go to a great/top grad school for my PhD that would allow me...
  31. S

    Future Nobel laureates in physics?

    Which physicists are most likely to win the Nobel Prize in physics in 2021 and in the coming years?
  32. C

    I Determining Future Position of Uniform Circular Motion

    Hello, Apologies if this is in the wrong section, it's related to circles so I figured Geometry was the best place. I found a very good example online that explains how to determine a future position of an object undergoing uniform circular motion: (Note that they made a mistake by writing...
  33. Oldman too

    How Will Adaptive Tech Shape the Future of Robotics?

    I was really wanting to throw this out quickly since it was a time limited event already underway, but better late than never. The main point isn't the Gaming or Artistic nor the Combat part but rather...
  34. gmax137

    The Future of Libraries: Hard Copies vs Digital

    From a thread in the Sci Fi section Is this really true? I've been in some pretty impressive public libraries in the past (well, not in 2020). I have also been in some pretty lame libraries, finding nothing of interest. Either way, I have not noticed a transition to digital collections of...
  35. T

    What could be some future developments of Explicit Finite Method?

    Hello everyone, I have to submit an assignment by Monday and there is only one part of the assignment missing, which is future developments of the Explicit Finite Difference Method. However, I can not do it because I really do not know what exactly he is asking me for on there. Could someone...
  36. M

    I Locally mediated interpretations with future input dependence

    Just read this paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1906.04313.pdf At first it had me thinking that locally mediated, future dependent interpretations are the way to go. Yet it admits these seem to be rare relative to other types of interpretations. Any good intuition or reasons why this is rare in...
  37. I

    5G and future 6G terahertz absorbed by water vapour = heating?

    I just found this piece in an article: Terahertz waves (THz), which are submillimeter waves sitting between microwave and infrared light on the electromagnetic spectrum, have been used to achieve data rates greater than 100 Gbps. Unfortunately, THz waves share an Achilles’ Heel with the...
  38. Lren Zvsm

    How Plausible are the "Flish" in the "The Future Is Wild"

    Way back in 2003, the Discovery Channel aired a speculative documentary called "The Future Is Wild." It portrayed some possible results of future biological evolution, first at 5 million years hence, then 100 million years hence, then 200 million years hence...
  39. trenton420l

    Lifting with Air: A Compact Board for the Future

    I want the board to use air to lift itself of with the coanda effect which is when air sticks at the bottom of somthing and proppels it upwards along with specially designed heliblades.l and I want somthing to cover tge blades and make it safe and I want it be compact like back invite future or...
  40. Quarinteen

    B How long before someone builds a machine to predict the future?

    Now that we have quantum computing how long before someone builds an AI ML system that can predict the future?
  41. S

    Should definitions of future computer languages incorporate IDE technologies?

    The definitions of currently popular computer languages assume only the technology of printing. For example, they provide syntax for printed expressions in one location that refer to printed expressions in other locations (e.g. "include" type syntax ). However, they don't assume that such...
  42. M

    What would it take to make a “true” universal translator?

    Besides telepathy, what could I use to explain the properties of a device that is a TRUE universal translator, a handheld device that can decipher any language it encounters? I don’t know much about linguistics but I was told that even in a sci-fi setting, this is impossible. Jack Buchanan even...
  43. R

    Engineering Future Plans for an Aspiring Engineer

    Hi all, I am currently a rising Junior in college on track for a BS in MSE and loving it so far. This summer I am doing a remote internship for a National Lab and ever since day one, I have loved it. I also have been doing undergrad research for the past year and find it incredibly interesting...
  44. Lren Zvsm

    Could ball-lightning weapons be feasible in the future?

    In cinematic space opera (like Star Wars movies, Star Trek movies, and their many knock-offs) we frequently see weapons that fire mysterious glowing packets of unspecified but dangerous energy or plasma or stuff that somehow move slowly enough for the human eye to track their motion...
  45. D

    Programs The future and rapid specialization

    I have a question I have been thinking about. It seems as fields advance more and more background information is needed to get to the point of industry or PhD level understanding of an area. 50 years from now, will the prospect of having a "broad" educational background still exist or will...
  46. Delta2

    B Time traveling in the future and in the past

    As far as i know, current special relativity allows for time traveling but only in the future. In sort what we have to do to travel to the future, according to special relativity, is to make a spaceship that can achieve speed comparable to the speed of light. Then while we are traveling with...
  47. Buzz Bloom

    I Question regarding the future of galaxies within a group of clusters

    Given that the galaxies within a cluster of galaxies are generally gravitationally bound, and not affected by the expanding universe, would it not also be expected that after some large number of billions of years, all of the individual galaxies would merge together to become one single very...