To answer that, we have to think about how we got here.
With the power of the gun, greed, colonization, religion, exploitation, wars, to name just a few.
There have been over 250 major wars in the world since World War II, in which 23 million people have been killed. Three times more people have been killed in wars in the last 90 years than in all the previous 500. More than 500 million small arms and light weapons are in circulation around the world.
There are approximately 30,000 nuclear warheads in the world today.
Current global military spending is more than the total annual income of the poorest 45% of the global population.
Between 54 and 80 million people have been killed in genocides in the the last century. Between 170 and 360 million people have been killed, in total, by governments (democide) in the 20th century, apart from war.
About 246 million, or 1 out of 6, children ages 5 to 17 worldwide are involved in child labour.
Half of the forests that originally covered 46% of the Earth’s land surface are gone.
Based on current trends, an estimated 34,000 plant and 5,200 animal species – including one in eight of the world’s bird species – face extinction. Almost a quarter of the world’s mammal species will face extinction within 30 years. Up to 47% of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction.
There are over 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world.
And all of this is just scratching the top of the iceberg.
At the present time we have the added darkness of – climate change – pandemics – social media tearing what left of dotmocracy asunder, out of date world organisations, politicians now middle men to the internet, and governments trying to buy there way to economic success.
How people who are already struggling will deal with it is unclear never mind where is it leading us?
On top of this we have technology and political trends aligning against mega power like Russia- China – the USA.
It is however clear that globalization is on its last legs and it replacement probably wont go well.
We all want to know the future, and unfortunately the future is coming like it or not.
Accordance with Moore’s Law, we’ll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance or true disaster. There will be will 100 billion connected devices, each with a dozen or more sensors collecting data.
This will lead to a trillion-sensor economy driving a data revolution beyond our imagination .
With a trillion sensors gathering data everywhere (autonomous cars, satellite systems, drones, wearables, cameras), you’ll be able to know anything you want, anytime, anywhere, and query that data for answers and insights.
Biometric sensing (wearables) and AI will make each of us the CEOs of our own health.
The screen as we know it — on your phone, your computer and your TV — will disappear and be replaced by eyewear.
The result will be a massive disruption to the fundamental ways we operate as humans.
In a decade, it will be normal for you to give your AI access to listen to all of your conversations, read your emails and scan your biometric data because the upside and convenience will be so immense.
As well as processing lots of data on us, they must gradually grind down our distinctiveness, our individuality, our eccentricities so that we become a series of archetypes. Then, our emotions – our fears, insecurities, desires, cravings – can be more easily gauged, exploited and plundered by advertisers.
With it, our ability to empathise and compromise is eroded.
We live in different information universes, chosen for us by algorithms whose only criterion is how to maximise our attention for advertisers’ products to generate greater profits for the internet giants.
WITH DATA COLLECTION our rulers are better positioned than ever to manipulate our thinking and control what we do. They can dictate the political discourse more quickly, more comprehensively, more cheaply than ever before.
If so, what are we to do about it?
It is hard to piece together all this information in a way that gives a comprehensive picture of what the end times will look like.
Social media and the AI behind it are one of the multiple crises we can no longer ignore as capitalism reaches the end of a trajectory it has long been on.
We are fast reaching a kind of human “event horizon”, with our societies standing on the brink of collapse.
Because we are unable to enact long term thinking against short-term thinking based on religion of profit at all costs.
As if somehow, magically, each corporation acting in its selfish interest is going to produce the best result. … What’s frightening – and what hopefully is the last straw and will make us wake up as a civilisation as to how flawed this theory is in the first place – is to see that now we are the tree, we are the whale.
We are more profitable to a corporation if we’re spending time staring at a screen, staring at an ad, than if we’re spending our time living our life in a rich way.
Our attention is being mined by worthless platforms, as our world is falling apart the biggest wipe-out of wealth in history is coming.
Humanity is greater than the rules of a state, or Wall street.
There is now digital transfers of value and assets.
Earth can sometimes feel like the last place you’d want to be.
It’s important to realize that no combination of renewable energy sources can power the modern industrial world at current levels of consumption.
“Progress has nowhere to go, without a unliveable earth and it is going there in a hurry.”
What Are We Going to Do about It?
Evolution doesn’t run backward.
We face an unliveable future, yet we can’t go back. We are stuck with knowledge, and knowledge is dangerous in the hands of humans. There’s no solution to that problem, and all we can do is be more aware of our weaknesses.
Climate change will eventually force us to do, “whatever is conducive to sustainable participation in Earth’s ecosystems
When we better understand the world and our place in it perhaps we come to an understanding that we have to live together to survive together .
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