I had a nice chat with two lads after church today. one is an elderly man who usually is very quiet, but felt like talking. the other is a young man in college who is finding his passion in life at a young age with the world of robotics and automation. my simple role was to sit with them, drink coffee, and ask a myriad of questions about topics and ideas that have been on my mind lately.
first the elderly man, was an army radioman in ww2 and I never knew his tale of time in Korea and Japan and with the exception of Okinawa (the only Japanese island I haven’t been on) it was a throwback to a time that was not so nice in the history of man with the world war and what life was like before and after the war – of which there is still residue left over today with the various Asian countries.
the young man is simply an interesting mind who was so excited about his color scanning robot project. he had no idea what I was working with and so there was a cool blend of “you are an old dude…how do you know about all this stuff? what do you think of Tesla vs hawking?”
what I left the conversations with is an interesting trajectory of how the world has changed so much in just 70-80 years and how much more it will change in the next 50. I still lament and ask, “what will people actually do in a service based economy?” but at the same time since people didn’t show up to do any work in Santa Fe – I admit I am guilty of simply saying, “people all have stuff, and unless we work to improve ourselves…we will have a rough future.”
with that said, I am guilty of automating the processes even more than I wanted and cutting out humans. why? because you get fewer errors and higher productivity.
I am not too excited to see where the world will be in 50 years. I stick by my thoughts that until man solve the deeper interior issues with greed, lust for power, need to control, and some idea that the more “stuff” you can accumulate for yourself in your time on earth is somehow success…well…we will simply repeat history but with quantum computers, advanced artificial intelligence, and machines that might very well wonder, “what is the purpose of humans on this planet? they seem to be destroying each other?”
time will tell, but what a treat for a cup of coffee after church today.