The Future of Humanity
It is a scary thought, but what is the future of Humanity? At least, as we know it now?
You have obviously heard of Global Warming, right? Did you know that if we were to cut out all carbon emissions today, the Greenhouse Effect would continue for possibly hundreds of years?
That’s not to say “Oh sod it. There is no point in even trying” Far from it.
At the rate technology is developing we may well be able to achieve light speed travel giving us the ability to colonise other worlds as yet undiscovered.
Mother Earth will gradually return the atmosphere to pre-industrial quality, and if we have colonised elswhere, an equilibrium will be reached.
Robotics And AI
There is another version of the future where we continue to implement machines that are autonomous. We already have driver-less buses in operation.
There are even discussions about having so called “Drone Highways” These could perhaps be utilised to deliver mail to offices in the city putting more people out of work.
Machine warfare is becoming a real possibility. There have been drone bombers around since the Second World War. You must admit that behind the scenes it is perfectly feasible for the development of robotic warriors.
Germ warfare is a frightening prospect too. genetic engineering could see a subject born from a test tube with his (or her) genetics engineered in such a way that he could fly into an enemies country and cause a Pandemic on a scale never thought possible.
With the huge telescopes we now have we are able to see details of nebulae that are nothing short of astounding. But that is not all we are searching for.
Alien life is a reality we have yet to discover. However, it is almost certain to exist. Are we being watched from afar as in Jeff Waynes War Of The Worlds? What will happen when we are first visited by an alien race?
Will we react in the way we have in the past and try to destroy what we do not understand? Or will we embrace our visitors with open arms and share our knowledge with them?
Always assuming they are friendly of course.
Does Terrorism Have A Part To Play?
The future of humanity is already being altered by terrorism.
For example, the UK now has armed police officers at train stations and large events.
Our governments are being pushed towards a dictatorial style of governing where we will find ourselves routinely stopped for body searches and identity checks.
If you see anything that is not normal for your area, you should report it to the authorities. We would all prefer to have a false alarm than ignore something only to see devastation reported on the evening news
It Does Not Need To Be All Bad News
A Dystopian society where you and I are continually oppressed by martial law is certainly a scenario that could come to pass.
However, it does not need to. We can all make a difference. Lets save our planet one step at a time.
Don’t throw that lolly wrapper out the car window.
Lobby your MP to get the local council to water in the moonlit hours instead of during a blazing hot day. Do your own watering in the same way.
Report suspicious behaviour.
Look out for your older neighbour’s. Just because we are starting to live longer does not mean that someone’s help is not occasionally required.
Donate to a charity of your choice. Mine is the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Compost your own kitchen waste to reduce landfill. Use it in your garden which will love and pay you back with high quality tasty produce.
Get some solar panels on your roof if you can afford to. Even with the rubbish rebates of today, you will see a saving.