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Old 06-11-2019, 10:35 AM   #8
David Johnston2
Join Date: Dec 2007
Default Re: Approaching TL9?

Originally Posted by FeiLin View Post
So, TL9, the "Microtech Age" with goodies such as "Artificial Intelligence" and "Real-Time Virtuality" starts at "2025+?". At this age humanity will be toying around with "robot cars, space elevators, manned interplanetary space flight, electrolasers, heavy laser weapons, battlesuits, combat robots, designerlls, deuterium-hydrogen fusion, high-temperature superconductors, human genetic engineering, tissue engineering, artificial wombs, and cybernetic implants". (B511-512)

That was 15 years ago.

How close are the advanced societies of Earth to entering TL9; still another 6 years, or do we need to revise that forecast? What's your take, as a GURPS GM or player, on a TL9 world as compared with the TL8 that we've lived in now for almost 40 years. (Choose your approach/evaluation criteria/degree of seriousness freely.)
Five years ago a United States naval vessel was outfitted with a prototype laser weapon which seems to be good enough to shoot down drones or intercept and detonate cruise missiles. Experiments with self-driving cars are ongoing. In 2014, cybernetic medical implants that could monitor brain activity or provide hearing to the deaf were being introduced.

And of course fusion power is 20 years away, same as it was 20 years ago.
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