I made a comment about a vertical farming video I saw from Kyoto yesterday that has a great design, addresses a lot of the issues with the weaknesses of vertical farming and the costs for profitability as a business and will in some way be the way a bunch of our food is grown in the future as a new sort of “food security” for nations and people.
my comment with the trend in robotics and the future of quantum computing, transhumanism, and technological advances in science was, “what will people do in the future? get paid to eat?
you might laugh, but I am thankful that I won’t be alive when all of these trends come together to space where I can imagine them. will life be convenient? yes. will living be a growth experience? I don’t really think so. rather, just like the vegetables and food, we will grow, humans themselves will be encapsulated into some system and world where every part of their lives are controlled. sounds nice no? perfect temperature, light, heat, coolness, water, home…
my problem comes that there is one big unanswered question for the future. that is, “will advanced artificial intelligence be a friend or foe of human beings?” while you can think of the science fiction movies of humans fighting machines, I think it will be far more sinister with a few humans controlling the data points to manipulate human beings into just sitting in their perfect worlds of ‘everything controlled” and someone will figure out how to monetize this space for personal gain and greed.
that is the problem with all the systems…much like we want to invest gobs of money to get off this planet and explore the planets and galaxy, wouldn’t it be a wiser, albeit more boring path to learn how to get the human species to get along better on this planet?
there is a bright lining in all this, of which it happened on a fringe project I was noodling today, and that is how there is hope that the façade and image of imperfection we all have as humans will and can fall off and we all look at each other – flaws, strengths, and everything in between and ask ourselves, “what sort of a life do we all want to lead on our limited time here?”
not, “what can I find as a new use for all this new technology?”
but hey, most of the planet is caught up in a gerbil cage of life trying to survive to stop and take a few moments to ask what their priorities are – rather, just run on that treadmill of obligations.
interesting times, amazing times…. for science and tech…. but what about being a living a happy life as a mortal human?