I sometimes think that my reading is similar
to people binge-watching TV. I probably
read at least thirty-five books a year, plus periodicals and articles that grab
my attention. There is never a time
that I am not reading one or more books.
It is almost as if I am living in alternate worlds away from the
realities of today.
race is changing rapidly and I am not sure I like what I see. Evolution throughout the animal world has
required hundreds, if not thousands of years to achieve. From African Eve to Homo sapiens required three
In the 1970s Alvin Toffler wrote Future
Shock. He proposed that changes in
our knowledge and environment took many decades, if not centuries, before human
acceptance. He predicted that humans
were incapable of accepting rapid change, and historically that had been
proven. This was probably true until
the advent of computers. Changes had
always occurred slowly and, as a result, human evolution moved slowly.
has speeded up.
technology and cell phones, the synapses in human brains are being
rewired. Where once we were social
animals communicating through personal interaction, now our social interactions
are primarily through technological devices. Instead of talking we text. Our friends are
followers. We are rapidly moving to a
virtual world. We are evolving, and this is happening over
decades, not centuries.
Genome editing (CRISPR), pioneered by Jinnifer
Doudna, has suddenly advanced human technology to an era of designer
humans. The Nazis dreamed of this; but
now it is a reality. Through CRISPR it
is possible to manipulate the gender, hair and eye color, build, etc of an
embryo. A master race? The moral implications are reigning in
human experimentation, but the technology is here. It is only a matter of time. Like nuclear energy, what can be used for
human benefit in defeating disease, can also be used to the human detriment.
Intelligence is another technology we have a tentative handle on. Humans are limited by their acquired
knowledge and the speed of access.
Computer speeds and storage capacity is unlimited and increasing
exponentially due to nanotechnology.
As we advance in quantum technology all the knowledge of the world could
be stored on chips no bigger than the point of a pin. Supercomputers are being designed to teach
themselves (AI) and through the internet could acquire all knowledge in the
world almost instantly. By the end of
this century, computers will control every aspect of human life: energy,
transportation, architecture, medicine… Will
computers become the herder and we the sheep?
That is if
we survive this century.
States has 5,428 nuclear weapons, United Kingdom 225, Russia 5,977, North Korea
20, China 350, India 160, Pakistan 165, Israel 90, and France 290.
How long before some unstable person does
the unthinkable: the megalomaniac Donald Trump had the nuclear launch codes. Kelly
called Trump an idiot, John Bolton called him a moron. The head of the CIA said it was like dealing
with a kindergartner and that Trump was unbriefable because of his short
attention span – we dodged that bullet (or warhead.) Now Putin is nuclear rattling.
The world is
changing rapidly and the human race is evolving.
follows science fiction and the worlds of Ray Bradbury and Michael Crichton may
be the step-cousin of the future.