reply to post by Chewingonmushrooms
Realistically, we will evolve in some manner.
We are rapidly approaching a point in science and technology known as The Singularity. The changes it will bring will either take us to another level
through transhumanist evolution or we will create successors that lead to our extinction.
How will this effect the relationship of the exploited and the exploiters?
My honest fear, is that the exploiter class, what some call the Elite, will take advantage of transhumanist technology first, making them into virtual
gods, who are immortal, infomorphic (they don't need bodies), with almost limitless memory and processing power, (hyperintelligences).
Meanwhile, the rest of humanity, is left to work as drones in a world of ecological collapse, to support these new post-human gods, or even worse,
exterminated when they are obsolete or extinct when they are no longer able to survive in the new world due to its alien ecosystem.
Our only hope is intervention or interference, by something greater. Even then humans would still have to be changed or transformed in some manner.
Our very nature would have to be altered in order to end this dynamic between the exploited and the exploiters, plus keep it from happening again.
Some in the scientific community, think a godlike Artilect AI, may offer the best chance of salvation for all people on earth. In this scenario, the
AI topples the Elite and brings true equality to all of humanity. At the same time It offers humanity eternal life, in the form of uploading our
consciousnesses into a virtual heaven, where there is no need or want. It sounds fantastic, but a number of scientists expect some version of this
scenario to play out by the end of the 21st century, a literal Armageddon, where billions will die as the Elite fight and lose a gigadeath war against
a usurper AI.
Short of first contact with some form of alien civilization, I think the Singularity scenario has a good chance of playing out.
edit on 12/8/11 by MikeboydUS because: (no reason given)