Ten Thousand Years

The following events make up a very brief overview of the next 10,000 years:

  • [+1,000] Most Words Extinct: Due to the rapid evolution of words, a thousand years from now, probably no single present day word will be used.
  • [+1,000] Carbon Dioxide: 29% of the carbon dioxide released before 2100 will still be in the atmosphere.
  • [+1,000] New North Star: Gamma Cephei will replace Polaris.
  • [+2,000] Greenland Ice Melted: The ice sheet will have melted completely; the Earth will be 8 degrees Celsius warmer on average; sea levels will be about 6 metres higher.
  • [+2,372] Hale-Bopp Returns: The comet that was last seen in 1997 is due to return around 4385 CE.
  • [+3,200] New North Star #2: Iota Cephei wins the top spot.
  • [+10,000] Carbon Dioxide: 14% of the carbon dioxide that has been released will still be present in the atmosphere – presuming no solution has been found.

See other: Events of the Far Future

2 thoughts on “Ten Thousand Years

  1. I’ve always found it rather frightening to think about the future of mankind and our world. While these estimations are incredibly interesting, it is difficult to imagine a future with a different North Star and evolved languages because such a world would be so unfamiliar and removed from our own present. It really makes my lifetime–and all of ours–seem infinitely short in perspective, with eons having passed before and eons to come.

  2. It is amazing and indeed, as you say, quite frightening (I’ll shy away from adding “humbling” because that would make me vomit a little) to realise how insignificant our existence is in truth. On the other hand, having realised how unlikely it is that we are here communicating these words, living these lives, experiencing what we do, day after day – ‘thrown into this existence’ as Martin Heidegger would have said (see Geworfenheit) – surely, the consciousness of being is so indescribably beautiful it surpasses any fright we might feel when contemplating our unimportance in the greater scheme of things.

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