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10 Things You'll Want To Know In The Post-Peak Oil Apocalyptic Dystopia
A not-entirely-serious look at what geek skills might *really* have to be
The future was supposed to be tinfoil jumpsuits and flying cars, right?
But a combination of peak oil, climate change and over-population could make the world look a very different place from the future that Rebooters hope to have.
This is a not-entirely-serious (and hopefully occasionally funny) look at 10 of the skills you'll want to have if the Reboot vision doesn't pan out and we end up in a post peak-oil apocalyptic dystopia.
Predictions about the future - particularly when made from the viewpoint of the kind of people who go to conferences like Reboot - are generally optimistic. Technological developments can solve many of the problems that we face as a society, ecosystem and civilisation.
But what if our future was less science fiction, and more medieval history? After all, when viewed over the ultra long-term, life on this planet has been a series of stops and starts - rapid progress punctuated by great leaps backwards.
What happens if we change our default assumption about progress, and instead have to deal with a world that would be familiar to our medieval ancestors? What would we need to know, and which would be the skills that would ensure our survival?
(cc) image by Joe de Luca - www.flickr.com/photos/josadeluca/