I liked this image to convey a certain impression, but in many respects some of its elements could be considered obsolete ie: where the product or
service has utility, but doesn't exist in a tangible, material sense within the context of a manufactured product of some kind.
ersonally, I have a sneaking suspicion that, in an effort to somehow evade the various debt and investment bubbles, which are sure to
burst, the PTB and new PTB (which could at some level include us all in one way or another), will begin to try to shift the economy in favor of
innovation and technological advance in an effort to drive a new 21ts century American and global economy and to propel the world into the new
technological age for better or worse and probably both.
I think that it's fair to assume that we are indeed on the very edge or cusp of such a technological age, and a very solid argument could be put
forth to demonstrate that fact.
But my question, and the purpose of this thread, is to ask and try to imagine - what's coming? What's next?
What do you see coming that will revolutionize our world and help us all make it into a bright future, while avoiding calamity? Is your view
dystopian, and rather bleak, or are you more optimistic and hopeful, as I am?
Maybe we should start preparing ourselves for what's coming over the horizon, and for what tech might be getting released for the purpose of some
sort of global salvation?
It might even be a very wise and smart process to engage in, as there could be a whole host of very difficult ethical considerations to be made
regarding whether or not something should
be done, just because it CAN be done, and that's the problem with humanity really; if it CAN be
done, we'll do it and to heck with the consequences (don't press this self destruct button?).
For example, if some day it were discovered how to disassemble the planet Mercury with self-replicating nanobots to create a Dyson sphere as the means
to harness the energy levels needed to launch von Neumann probes
Galaxy, we would probably do it, even if there was a risk of perturbing Earth's orbit and that of the rest of the solar system in the process, and if
there were real alien spacecraft who've been zipping around and visiting our planet, that's probably about the time that an entire Armada would show
up, to put a stop to it.
What if we were to enter into a runaway technological advance but without any major ethical constraints or limitations?
Could that really happen? Could we enter into a technological singularity from which there's no point of return where the rate of change or
"transformation" being the better word, since change is merely something better than or different from what went before, exceeds our ability to stop
or pause long enough to even begin to consider the ethical considerations of various new technologies?
I think it's Quantum Computing AI (technological singularity), which has to be still at least 10-20 years off, but that's not a long time not in the
grand scheme of things and will take place in most of our own lifetimes.
Is it something to be concerned about do you think?
Or is it a world and an era of humanity that's just waiting to be born like some sort of high-tech golden age ie: with free energy and infinite
computational capability that's able to attack almost any problem at either the macro or micro level, or could it be the end of us, at least in terms
of our present experience of being a human being living on planet Earth? Say for example that contact was made and suddenly there's a whole series of
Earth's stretching out as far as the mind can imagine? What then? What are the implications of that? Are there human beings right now, who, on some
sort of exchange program are experiencing the reality of other planets and civilizations?
I've always felt, and sort of prophesied from a very young age, that something absolutely momentous would take place at some point in my lifetime,
and to be honest I'm still waiting for it at the age of 49 approaching 50..
But perhaps now, at long last, the time has come to bear witness to a period of historical transformation via technological innovation, the likes of
which have never been seen before and even looking back on it, will never be seen again.
It's both exciting and kind of scary!