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  • Erik-Silver Toomere 03:26 on September 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    Yes certainly we are headed into a next… 

    Yes, certainly we are headed into a next age, but there are infinite possibilities what will happen to the human race. There are at least 4 possibilities that I can think of:

    1. Age of Downfall (Fallout-esque age)
    The growing tensions in the Middle East and the Pacific region mean that we are living in a tense time. And it is getting more tense all the time. Like the gunpowder barrel that Europe was on the dawn of the First World War I fear we might be on the verge onto the Third.

    The important question that remains are the weapons that are chosen. If one side decides to use nukes we can most likely kiss goodbye to one-third of the planet whilst the second-third lives in a perpetually hotter and hotter climate.

    Let me just say it is nasty and hopefully we will steer clear of it.

    2. Age of Machines
    One thing I foresee happening really quickly, if we do not blow ourselves up, is the rise of machines, and not in that Terminator type of way. For example in Estonia we are usually greatly surprised if we can not use our credit cards to pay for something in a shop, in Japan people are surprised when there is no machine from which to buy their tickets, drinks or even food. Now, if we were to couple the machines from Japan with the technology we use in Estonia then we would already remove physical money. And I believe that is the most important step for humans. I will not dwelve into the topic of the evilness of money but let me just say we would all be better off without it.

    After combining these technologies we would soon start looking into how to add more and more machines into our day-to-day lives to make it simpler and simpler, nearly everything can be turned under the control of the machine.

    I do not believe in the whole Terminator story, like I implieed before, I think there are two plausible times that follow:

    3. The Second Space Age
    We are already well under way into the Second Space Age. Whilst NASA is working on their new spaceships to get us off Earth and way past the moon, several commercial airlines are working on their space objectives. Namely Virgin Airlines that is already offering near-atmosphere flights.

    I imagine it will be a time of space explaration and hopefully colonization. However…

    4. Idiocracy
    Technology will make us lazy so there might be a danger of people losing interest in education. In the world of idiocracy people used poor English, watched reality TV all day and were named after products which they consumed. Like this short paragraph.

    Let me just say I prefer nuclear holocaust over idiocracy.

    • Paavo Viilup 06:35 on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While I like your approach, I think the outcome is not what it could be. Please spend more time to hone your writing products into sharp tools, do not let them become blunt clubs of lost chances.

  • alex 19:11 on September 14, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: New age   

    Another “age”? 

    Yes I do in fact expect the coming of another age. Actually I believe that this is age is nearly upon us if not already here. The “age” that I am talking about is the Connected age which of course involves the internet and a whole bunch of social networks.

    I believe this term “being connected” is a world known phenomena of people creating a Facebook, Twitter, Orkut or whatever social network account and then adding all your friends in order to chat with them, comment on photos and so on. The number of connections is increasing with each day and it seems as if people do not actually need to leave their computers anymore. They actually prefer their virtually displayed friends to meeting them in real life. Even my own parents are spending most of their time on Facebook commenting on their friends lately added new information or pictures. At first I did not expect this to happen that everyone would be so enthusiastic about sharing their private endeavours on the internet but the results are intoxicating. These social networks are spreading faster than the plague. Sooner that we know it the whole population is connected to each other. This is actually quite bad because if people really prefer virtual communication to real life then that might lead to the next step or “age” which would be the artificial age because if people are content with their lives behind the computers then somebody or something has to do all the work. It would not take long to conclude that machines would be the answer.

    I really do hope that this is not where mankind is headed because we all know what happens with artificial intelligence. So I do encourage people do go outside, meet their friends and do some crazy shenanigans together. I am not saying that the Connected age is a bad thing but it can lead to worse consequences.

    • Paavo Viilup 05:58 on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We do not really know about AI, do we? Unless you count explorer.exe as artificially intelligent.

      Although commenting here on this post, I do have to concur that the connected age is here. Giving feedback like this would have been unique five years ago, now it feels like a habit (although I get the feeling this is not as common as it could be yet).

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