Musing today about how what was once considered “Science Fiction” has become “Future Reality.” And how the FUTURE, in this rapidly moving Technology Age, gets closer to us every day.
Writers, visionaries, artists – for generations – have anticipated that technology would be the key to unlocking our true potential. We know that we only use a part of our brain individually, but combined we have the capacity to grow and expand ideas – taking leaps and bounds in our evolution.
We are on a freight train of imagination powered by innovation.
Here is an amazing talk from TED by Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist:
Generations before ours have conceived of robotics and predicted biological advancements through technology. Interestingly, most of these stories have been dystopian visions – as if we are simultaneously intrigued and terrified by the prospects of what bio-engineering and technology might have on our species. It is, in many ways, our forbidden fruit.
Other visionaries, like Isaac Asimov in his 1950 story The Evitable Conflict, (the last part of the I, Robot collection) features the Machines, four supercomputers managing the world’s economy with success. The computers are incomprehensible to humans and are impossible to analyze for errors, having been created through 10 stages of bootstrapping. In the end of the story, it is implied that from now on (it occurs in 2052), no major conflict can occur, and the Machines are going to guide humanity toward a better future, one only they are capable of seeing (and know to truly be the best).
“For all time, all conflicts are finally evitable. Only the Machines, from now on, are inevitable!”
~The Evitable Conflict, Issac Asimov
This is really fascinating stuff!
I plan to write more on this subject (when I have time), but for now, I will leave you with yet another Cyborg vision painted by STYX in 1983.