I almost lost the idea for what I wanted to think about this morning when elements of the normal world crept in and did that nonsense that any creative hates. It wasted the most important time of the day to think and create.
Usually that time is before most people wake up, or when they are busy getting ready to figure out what to wear and go on the morning commute to something called work. Basically it is doing something and getting paid for it, because no one else wants to do it for free.
My problem is 20 years ago; a company kicked me out and said, “Go think of any idea that can make us money.” what a gift that was.
Not only did I work harder than I ever did in my life, but I also realized that if you think about how to do it, you could get rid of many of the biggest time wasters that you find inside the normal corporate architecture. I find it ironic, that when a business starts to loose money, the first thing they get rid of is people.
As the world becomes more global in business, and the idea of business is to make money, the way we did business in past generations will lead to even more cuts in people as a path to offshore more labor from developed to developing countries will continue, and/or the robot invasion will automate more and more of our lives.
While this would be a wondrous ideal if everyone treated each other with love and respect. The reality is that business’s bottom line is becoming more and more about numbers on a balance sheet, stock price, and “what can I get for myself.”
Another area that I really haven’t touched on much with the idea of Augmanity is what people will ingest on their way to further blurring the lines of what it is to be human by ingesting “smart” drugs of the future that are tailored, much like genetic modification of chromosomes in plants, animals, and (probably) humans to probably do a better job at covering up and/or enhancing cosmetic, health, emotional and intellectual issues.
I think it was in 1994 and I just got off the road and was given a spot in an area I truly wanted to work in. Internal product development and licensing. It was a rare time in that another road manager was given a position and we found ourselves standing around the copy machine one day and simultaneously looked at each other and blurted out, “you find this 9-5 job life boring as sh*t?”
It might have been at that time that I sketched out a line of soft drinks that you could go to a vending machine and purchase whatever you needed for that moment. Call it a highly advanced energy drink.
Feeling down – ENERGY juice. Feeling Sad – Happy Juice. Feeling sluggish – POWER juice. Feeling mentally challenged – SMART juice…the list went on and on. At the time I was starting to learn 3D modeling and animation, so I designed the spiffy drink dispenser of the future and thought “cool idea, but…”
The BUT part of the equation is that I have heard too many doctors, nurses and physical therapists (notice I didn’t’ mention pharmaceutical company reps) all saying one of the big issues with medicine today is people think a pill can cure all the ills that a lifetime of bad habits or eating has done.
They can help, but more and more I see them simply allowing people to survive longer, yet, not really massively increasing the quality of life of the individual. For that to happen, the common sense things of moving more, eating a bit healthier and getting some decent sleep are required. These ideals just aren’t very exciting in our modern world.
As Artificial intelligence combines with new visioning systems that will be able to really take a high-resolution image of each person and their genetic and physical disposition, more and more solutions to create new drugs to treat “whatever” bothers you will come forth. The industry will change in becoming a sort of boutique drug society for the wealthy, while the masses get the standard one pill fits all solution.
There have bee a few great movies in the past about people taking the miracle drug and suddenly becoming amazingly brilliant and competitive. I forget the name of the one I watched on some trans Atlantic flight. There is a new one with Morgan freeman that I would like to see, but I wonder about the blur between too much entertainment and too little science.
Odd, I am actually more interested in the facts as I age than making people escape their known reality for a few moments.
Maybe that is the lesson I had to learn. Reality is quite nice when you strip all the nonsense of “stuff” and “ego” off. (Still have to work and struggle each day with pride and ego) But a simple life is so much easier than the model the media feeds us as “normal.”
My drug enforcement friend summed up why and how people will use these new drugs when he said, “the war on drugs is a joke. It has become too profitable for everyone to actually want to see it end.”
I asked him why he changed his ideas after so many years in the field.
“Mark, when we were young, people were using drugs for recreation. Today, people are using drugs as medicine -to numb & forget.”
Wisdom is that we use the talents to make better medicines to help people. The reality is that Humanity will usually abuse what was a great idea for pride, vanity and egocentric gain. I look at the modern cosmetic surgery industry. The good foundation was formed by dental students (they had the talent and skills) to make artificial body parts for cancer patients with facial reconstructive needs so they could go out in life and feel a part of society and not have someone staring at a patch or a gaping hole in their face.
Today, more inject Botox (a strain of botulism), have face lifts (if you ever see the surgery you will wonder why people do it?) and now we can suck, tuck, lift, implant, blow up, or change size to pretty much anything.
Now, imagine the world of medicine when someone designs and has the capabilities to affect not only your looks. But your physical, mental, and emotional states.
I can’t say I agree with the where this area of technology is heading, but it will probably be here before the advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning gets smart enough to ask man, “why are you doing that to yourself?”