In a recent Slashdot poll, users were asked which what breakthrough was the most likely from the following list:
- Time Travel
- Human-Level AI
- World Peace
- Sharks with Lasers
Most people said that World Peace didn’t stand a chance prompting this comment:
It is deeply depressing that from amongst a list of alternatives whose achievements are up there in the realms of magic/fantasy, the one thing that humans are capable of right now is seen in the poll results as by far the least possible.
I thought this was thought provoking, but what what really caught my eye was the first response:
Sharks with Lasers are achievable right now.
Let us never forget that no matter what great advances are on the future horizon, we could put lasers on sharks today.