The future lies in uncertainty. The scariest part is that we are moving at an unprecedented pace, advancing exponentially in knowledge and technology. And my children are growing up in it. Among all the uncertainty, my desire is for them to do one thing – live life to the fullest, and live it well.
Since the beginning of time, mankind has prepared for the end of days – some apocalyptic event that will wipe out the Earth. Some have longed for it over the ages; seeking validation of God’s existence, and often yearning for his wrath. Since the death of Christ, believers have waited upon the rapture – God’s saving grace from the end times. Two thousand years later, still the wait goes on. I have grown up believing this, and still do, but my view on time has now changed. See, I used to think that I was special; that my generation would be the last.
Many believe that the Almighty will return when man begins to play God. But how long have we been playing God now? From the creation of fire to the splitting of the atom, we have been playing God. But that is nothing to what we know now. With the dawn of nanotechnology, 3D printing, and Artificial Intelligence, we are playing God like never before. Soon, people will be able to choose what type of child they want by engineering their physical and character traits. The body will never become sick through nanotechnology. Diseases will cease to exist. This technology will also be able prolong life, regenerating our bodies at the cellular level to the point of immortality. At that point, since we define time in terms of a human life span, time will take on a new meaning.
And if that’s not God-like enough, there’s AI. Man is to God as robots are to mankind. Within one hundred years, AI will be everywhere, and controlling everything. What will happen when machines become the future of our existence. Will the bots pity their creators; all of our archaic, weak, and disposable bodies? Will they worship their creators? Or, like Hollywood portrays, will they kill their creators? Think of all the great people over time and all that they have done. All of it leading to this. They would have told you that we never should have made it this far.
Soon we will be able to upload our brains into a computer. The mind will live on through technology, separate from the body. But what of the soul? Could it be tied to the brain – the most sophisticated computer that will ever be created? What will happen when we discover how to unlock the full potential of the mind? There is still so much that we don’t know about the human body.
And then there’s us. Human beings. We love to stake claims and make things our own. We take things in whatever means necessary, to the point of killing for it. It’s said that mankind’s future will end in a final world war, thus ushering the return of Christ. But who’s to say that won’t be another two thousand years from now? Twenty thousand? From depopulation, to colonizing other planets, time could very well proceed to march on. God’s plan will be what it always has been, and that is not for us to know. But I trust it, and find peace therein.
Man was made a curious and magnificent thing. Perseverance, curiosity, and sheer determination to be better and know more has fueled our evolution throughout the ages. So if we truly are living in the last days, wether they be from some apocalypse or robotic progression, let us spend our time worthwhile. Live like it won’t be here for long. Love it. And let’s all strive to live a life well – one that would make our ancestors proud.
“What we do now echoes in eternity.” Marcus Aurelius