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Thanks, Internet: BBC predicts the future

For some reason, many humans have always had some desire, deep down, to know what happens to them in the future. Maybe it’s because they want to know if they leave some sort of legacy, maybe they want to know how they die. In any case, to me it seems batshit crazy that anyone would want to see too far into their future. It brings up the age-old question of whether or not free will exists, which is a conversation no one likes to have with anyone more drunk than they are.

But anyway, in the words of Patton Oswalt, sciences is “all about coulda, not shoulda.” So the BBC talked to a bunch of smart people and science-y things and then they decided that in a few years we can maybe, just maybe, create an immortal mouse. I don’t know who would want an immortal mouse. They seem to be dirty and also, if I hold one up in front of my girlfriend, she would make me sleep on the couch. With the mouse.

Environmentally, we are a bane to our planet’s existence, and this infographic also addresses the idea that the arctic could be without ice during summers by 2018, which seems very terrifying. So please, read on, grow a conscience, and await the robot apocalypse.

Matt Williams is a Winnipeg-based writer and musician. Follow him on Twitter @WaterInHell .

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