Late last night I was working on a new database and entering a default value for an effective end date field, and I thought to myself; “What would it be like in the year 9999 A.D.?”
Why was I entering a default date of 9999-99-99, you ask? Because it is the largest possible value for a date data type and ensures that date will never occur, at least while the database I’m creating exists, hence; the data set will always be “effective”. I won’t go into further technical details on why 9999-99-99 was chosen… let’s continue with this mental exercise.
To give you some sort of idea how much time there is between now and 9999 A.D. I have broken it out in several measures of time:
- 7,987 years
- 95, 844 months
- 2,918,285 days
Looking at those numbers, you can be quite certain that you, or anyone you will ever know, will not have existed for a very long time by 9999 A.D.
I began to think, what would the universe be like in 7,990 years? Most likely it would be relatively the same as it is today. 7,990 years is hardly a blink in the eye of the universe. This isn’t even enough time for a new star to form. Star formations take roughly 10 million years or more, depending on the spectral type. Hardly enough time for the Universe to implode on itself and start another Big Bang. Or fizzle out.
After pondering the state of the universe and realizing that hardly nothing would have changed on a such a grand scale as the universe, I began to wonder what Earth would be like in the year 9999 A.D. Most likely Earth would still be around (assuming it is not struck with a large meteor or blown up in a nuclear war). Think about it, the generally accepted age of Earth is 4.55 billion years. 7,990 years is barely a yawn. But would Earth still be habitable? More importantly, will it still be inhabitable by humans? Or would the world be inhabited by Morlocks?
Which brings me to my next thought, will we (humans) still exist? If we still exist, how much will we have evolved from our current form? What kind of technology would we have at our disposal? Surely, by 9999 A.D. we would have developed a cure for cancer and AIDS. Would we be teleporting and even warping through time? The technology of 9999 A.D. can’t even be imaginable within our wildest dreams. Maybe we wouldn’t even be “from earth” anymore. Perhaps we would be colonizing other galaxies millions of light years away.
Maybe we will regress in technology. There is a lot of concern these days that technology is deteriorating our social natures and we are becoming more isolated from each other. Perhaps we will end up in little closed communities much like the movie, The Village.
Well, my mind is blown thinking of the possibilities. What do you think the universe will be like in 9999 A.D.?