This week’s question is: What would the average price of
a 3-day, all expenses paid, weekend space vacation package total in
2020 (in today’s USD)?
Space Hotel Image by K. Alverson of MemeBox.com
Fine Print: Vacation package includes 3 days, 2
nights (not including travel time) at premiere space resort for one
person. Price includes round-trip airfare, 3 meals/day, and $25
currency toward purchase at hotel gift shop. Space
off-roading and other excursions not included. Package
redeemable anytime during the year subject to availability. Must be
at least 18 years old to check in. No Springbreakers.
Bonus: In the comment thread, please list
excursions and accommodations not listed above that would make or
break your decision to go.
- - In last week’s community poll we asked, “How much will people
know about you in 2020?” The number one answer
was “Everything except for things that I purposefully encrypt or
obscure from being found” with 68.18% of the vote.
It surfaced yesterday that the Chinese government is selectively
denying its citizens access to YouTube. Google News has also been
blocked and media coverage has been denied to CNN. According to the
AP, the censorship is in response to the dozens of videos
posted of Friday’s violent Tibetan protests.
Although Chinese web/news restrictions are nothing new, it’s
nevertheless a bit unsettling to see how quickly such a big country
can so selectively shut down such potent communication channels. It
makes one wonder how fast that could occur in “more advanced”
nations given the “right” situation. Surely the contingency plans
have been laid even here in the United States and elsewhere.
At the same time, how could such control possibly be
sustainable? The advent of cheap videophones and pervasive
connectivity are making it very difficult to restrict information.
The next generations of both will further add to the censors’
headaches. For better or worse, we’re heading toward an
increasingly transparent world in which the cost of suppressing
information may soon be too high for nations (and companies) to
In addition to our weekly awards, every Sunday MemeBox
releases a Top 10 List of some of the most interesting Future Scans
posted the during the preceding week. This list is a great way to
get acquainted with what the Future Scanner has to offer and to
quickly digest some great information.
The Top 10 Future Scans for the week of March 10 – March 16 (in
no particular order) are:
Here at MemeBox, Sunday is the day we look back at all of
the Future Blogger posts and Future Scanner scans in
an effort to distill and recognize the best of what you, the
community, have contributed to the site throughout the previous 7
The question asked in last week’s community poll was, “How many
planets will a child born in the year 2000 visit in his or her
lifetime?” Nearly 43% of those who responded answered either 1, 2,
or 3. However, the number one answer was 9 or more, with 54.05% of