While some like to look ahead and imagine what the future will be like. Me, on the other hand, is terrified! Why I’m scared for the future.
It a common theme in this household, the future. While some like to talk about the weather, or perhaps kittens and bunnies. No, we like to talk about the future, and when I say we – really I mean he as in my husband like to talk about the future. And when we do talk about the future, it not about our future. But the future in general. Which I don’t know about you, but it a scary thought.
Take for instance, that one afternoon we went to Kenwood House. There we were in a big open beautiful garden, where the weather was sunny and warm and we could sit in a pretty little café having tea and a cookie.
‘Did you know, that Scientist can now put a human brain into a robot, this is the start of AI’, was the topic of conversation. Before I could go, that nice – my husband elaborated and started really talking into the details. All I could do was bite into my cookie and nodded along pretending I was interested.
The conversation didn’t stop there. Oh no. He went on and on and on all the research papers he read online on AI technology, the future of VR and how one day in the future we would flying car.
We decided to lay on the grass and just basically chill out for the afternoon in the gardens. It didn’t stop his enthusiasm for futuristic plans and how in 20 years’ time the world will look completely different.
He stopped and noticed I was rather engrossed with my phone, ‘aren’t you are excited about the future,’ he asked rather perplex on why I wasn’t really getting into the heat of the debate.
‘Honestly, the future scares me.’ There I said it – it was out in the open. ‘why?’ he asked.
Maybe it because I grew up watching and reading science-fiction. The future is always painted as a dire dystopia, where humans are either slave or on the brink of extinction.
Well, it true isn’t it? That is often the scenario that is shown to us of the future.
Take the Terminator, for example, Judgment Day and nuclear war break out. Then there is V-for Vendetta with a totalitarian government. Also what about Wars of the World and alien tries to kill us all.
Doesn’t that just terrify you?
Well, it does scare me. It the unknown. Not knowing what is happening tomorrow. We can pretty much plot and plan the future – but really we can’t see what is ahead.
Ok sure, we’re brought up to look at the near future and to worry about our own future. But I can’t help but shake the feeling, that planning my future is all well and good; but what if there no world to live in where I can put those plan into action.
As you get older, you worry about money and get told to have a mortgage, live the perfect mundane boring life. Think about life insurance, getting a car and perhaps have children.
I can’t seem to do that as I have to know what it coming. Are we about to be zapped by an alien, will there be a nuclear war?
What is going to happen to you – me and every one of us? Will we all be turned into AI? Will the world that we know it – will still exist in 50-100 years’ time?
My husband turned to me and said very sweetly, ‘whatever happens we still will be together, just maybe as artificial clone’. In the time he answered, I gave him a friendly prod in the rib and laughed at him.
So yes folks, that is why I’m scared for the future. I imagine a doomsday scenario.
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(written for Sun Life)