You are going 1000 years into the future.

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You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Jdude » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:40 am

You have been selected to go 1000 years into the future by the government. The magic of physics says that there is only one opportunity to do this, with a limited window of only a few seconds. The limited data from the other side says that your craft and a buried bucket makes it. That is all they know, and they don't even know how they know it.

The only thing that fits in your time capsule is a very naked you.

Your experience in the time capsule will be the door closing, a bright light, and the door opening. The rest of the world will advance while you are away. The contents of your bucket will age and deteriorate while you are away. You have an unlimited budget. You have promises of extra supplies stored, and promises of a crew present at your arrival site. There is no information or guarantee if they actually are there at your arrival site. You are effectively traveling blind.

Oh by the way - now that you know of the project, you will go or you will disappear and someone sent in your place.

If you knew you were going to jump 1000 years into the future, but had no knowledge of the other side except that you and a 5 gallon bucket will make it, what will you put in it?
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Spinich » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:55 am

I would fill it with rum.

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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Keith B » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:58 am

I am going to fill it with all sorts of delicious, shelf stable, trans fats.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Mrs_ChainSaw » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:03 pm

I would fill it with Jager and guns&ammo.....and maybe some extra clothes....
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by cjm3fl » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:14 pm

Jdude wrote:The only thing that fits in your time capsule is a very naked you.
You really must stop this.
It's becoming embarrassing that you always think of me naked :oops:
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by CB4 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:28 pm

Jdude wrote:
The only thing that fits in your time capsule is a very naked you.

you and a 5 gallon bucket will make it, what will you put in it?


um...clothes?
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by IceWing » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:33 pm

Is cost an issue? Will the .gov supply me with what I put on my list? I'm also going to have them pay off our house\property and the acreage behind us and grant dispensation from the taxes for the next millennium and assure my continued ownership.

5 gallon bucket... Damn... that's not a lot of storage...

ok... first, the entire thing is going to be vac sealed as best possible, then that will be nitrogen sealed, then I'm going to seal the entire bucket as well.

A couple of very good knives and a hatchet, sealed in cosmoline or other preservative. I would take a gun and ammo, but I don't believe the ammo would be worth a damn after that long. A magnesium fire starter. A 1 lb bag of assorted, investment quality gemstones. Set of clothes, including boots, packaged to take up as little space as possible, while maintaining usability on arrival. Titanium sheet (or other eternal metal) with a picture of my wife laser etched onto it. Other sheets of the same metal with documentation etched onto it, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights, property deeds and the no tax paperwork. One third of the remaining room would be filled with assorted packages of heirloom seeds, sealed in the best manner possible to maintain viability (some seeds have been shown to be viable over 1300 years later). Another third would be filled with various precious metals in the form of coins with collectors value (silver\gold coins from Rome, ancient china, modern day, etc)

Any remaining room, I fill up with bottle caps, just because...

As I step into the pod, I'm putting a mylar space blanket, a high capacity ipod with pics, music and such on it, and a length of paracord in my mouth.. I'll spit them out when the door opens. I contemplated filling my digestive tract with things as well, but I won't do so out of the believe that my dignity is worth more than my survival... Mind you, I'm showing up naked, so, obviously I didn't think that through very well.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by ZMace » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:41 pm

Whole genomic samples of all the plants and animals that I can get my hands on, stably dried down and stored in air tight containers as well as plant seeds (they might make it).

Assuming the humans don't destroy each other, technology should be awesome by then, and I can make a fortune resurrecting long extinct species.

(yes, I am a geneticist, so I realize many flaws with this plan)

Fill up the rest of the bucket with art (did I hear unlimited budget?) mediocre are produced now will be worth a fortune then.

Before I go, make sure I put in documentation of my bank accounts, maybe buy some stocks and put hard copy's of stock certificates.

The biggest problem will probably be communication (ever try to read Old English?), but I don't know how to get around that. I should be incredibly wealthy right up to the point when my naked disorientated ass is robbed.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by JojoZS » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:51 pm

Jdude wrote:You have been selected to go 1000 years into the future by the government.

And again the govt tries to screw me! :evil:

I'm bringing electronic files of my favorite pictures, books, movies, art and music. I'll get a scientist to figure out a way to make them out of organic materials so that if I awaken and there is no way to play them, I can at least eat them.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Finch » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:59 pm

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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:02 pm

I'd take the empty bucket into the future and fill it up with the future's best beverage:

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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by dukman » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:09 pm

ZMace wrote:I should be incredibly wealthy right up to the point when my naked disorientated ass is robbed.
lol! That is almost sig worthy! :lol:

Probably just would put in a tombstone for my dead ass.... I doubt my body would handle the new diseases and bacterium present in the air 1,000 years from now. :oops:

Ok ok.... real answer. A couple properly archived magazines picturing todays finest... uh... muscle cars. Yeah. Thats is. Some firestarting devices to amaze the future neanderthals. Some beads made of turquoise, jade, and other precious stone as trading stock. Some of those magnetic stones sold as kids toys would also amaze the future neanderthals and be worth a lot in trade. A little bit of gold and silver as well in case the future wasn't sent back to the stone age. :mrgreen: Some un-ground-up spices properly sealed. A large knife slathered in cosmoline. And a change of clothes properly that will hopefully hold up over the ages...
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by TravisM.1 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:22 pm

I'd just go, and get a job as a delivery boy for my crazy scientist nephew's transportation company.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Dingo McPhee » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:15 pm

My main issue with this question is that it's impossible to know what the world will be like in 1000 years, and that almost anything I take will be prehistoric technology. Think of someone traveling to the present from 1010 - what could they bring? A spear, a leather thong, some rocks?

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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Space Jockey » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:25 pm

TravisM.1 wrote:I'd just go, and get a job as a delivery boy for my crazy scientist nephew's transportation company.
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Good news everyone! I'm sending you on an extremely perilous mission 1000 years into the future.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Redeker_Plan » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:28 pm

Spinich wrote:I would fill it with rum.
Rum? Rum??? Seriously WTF is the matter with you?

Besides if the if the contents are going to age, you might as well pick something that gets better with age, such as a fine wine or scotch! :wink: 8)

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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by LowKey » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:37 pm

I'm married...I can't go. It's a responsibility thing.

If I wasn't married? Still debatable if I'd go. It would be interesting to see how thing turn out 1000 years from now, but after the novelty wore off I think anybody who goes would have a hell of a time dealing with future shock (a form of culture shock). That's assuming you even get a friendly and supportive welcome from a more technologically advanced group. In some ways it might be easier on you if things had gone to hell and slipped back to the stone age, at least then you'd be able to play on your superior knowledge of science. Dealing with a more advanced civilization about the best you can hope for is being a living witness for a grad student in the history department....oh joy.

Picking what goes in the bucket is the least important consideration for this trip. What to pack into your brain, and what you'll do if everything you bring forward is outdated, useless, and unwanted with zero trade value are far more important things to consider.

So, after all this what would I pack?
A simple knife like a mora, in cosmoline.
Preserved DNA samples of present day animals(dried tissue?) and plants(seeds).
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Without knowing if things will be more or less advanced it's a total crapshoot, with the best you can hope for being the worlds slid back to the Stone Age. If it hasn't you are going to be so obsolete your being their will be pointless and painful for you.

My conclusion is that there would have to be a better reason for going than just "because I can".
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by dukman » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:41 pm

Dingo McPhee wrote:My main issue with this question is that it's impossible to know what the world will be like in 1000 years, and that almost anything I take will be prehistoric technology. Think of someone traveling to the present from 1010 - what could they bring? A spear, a leather thong, some rocks?
+1

And how they hell does one use the three seashells anyways?? :mrgreen:
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by yossarian » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:44 pm

I'm taking my Grandma's Hummel collection. They ought to be worth something by then.
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by JojoZS » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:49 pm

LowKey wrote:
My conclusion is that there would have to be a better reason for going than just "because I can".

The OP says that the govt "selected" you and if you refuse....well.......you just don't.

I guess the future called and gave them specific details on who goes....
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Post by thelung187 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:01 pm

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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by Stab74 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:02 pm

Dingo McPhee wrote:My main issue with this question is that it's impossible to know what the world will be like in 1000 years,
I know what it will be like:

"You emerge into a society of clones. A society in peril. Why you ask? After generations of cloning the previous generation, the viability of future clone generations is in doubt. It seem aberrations are manifesting in dna. One of these aberrations is men are now sterile. It is up to you to infuse the gene pool with new life! Can you save the human race?!"

On that note how long does KY jelly last?
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by LowKey » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:09 pm

JojoZS wrote:
LowKey wrote:
My conclusion is that there would have to be a better reason for going than just "because I can".

The OP says that the govt "selected" you and if you refuse....well.......you just don't.

I guess the future called and gave them specific details on who goes....
Then I hope "I" have a good time in the future while the "old me" enjoys my new job working in a super secret government facility in place of the government lab worker who tried to stuff me in the capsule.....until "I" (or is that the new me? Old him? New him?) punches out at the end of my shift and never returns to work.

I hear the beaches in Thailand are lovely year round and the beer is cheap. 8)
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Re: You are going 1000 years into the future.

Post by sammage » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:27 pm

Lots of TP...because I really don't want to try and figure out the three seashells.
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