This timeline represents just one possible future to come-- it is not a set-in-stone declaration of what will happen-- but rather what very well could happen, based on a lifetime of research into humanity's past history, as well as current trends, and what is theoretically possible according to the latest scientific knowledge of which I am aware. I completed the first draft of the timeline in 1991-1992, and have subsequently updated and expanded it as appropriate, up through the present. These revisions and expansions are ongoing. I consider the estimated forward scheduling of many of the events, trends, and dates here to be highly conservative as of the early 21st century-- meaning events could well occur much more rapidly than outlined here-- especially if we experience something near to the technological singularity described by science fiction author Vernor Vinge. I suggest you contemplate this list in two different ways: first at the suggested schedule, and second, at a much more aggressive pace spanning only the next sixty to ninety years. My personal opinion however is that our future will unfold closer to the lengthier schedule presented here, rather than the frenetic 60-90 year extreme something similar to a Vinge Singularity could visit upon us. I offer my reasons for the slower pace throughout the document, including this page. I hope readers will find the timeline and its related articles informative, entertaining, and (at least sometimes) reassuring.
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