Seven billion and counting, that’s the number of human beings living on the planet Earth as of this reading. That’s a lot of creatures consuming the resources of the planet and not always in a way that is replenishing and sustainable to the current healthy ecological state of the said shared biosphere!
What can be done? Well we could eat each other, as in Soylent Green. Become even more efficient at killing each other, for whatever stupid sub-human behavior, probably oil or some other dwindling resource, as we constantly seem to be doing. Or maybe, just maybe we could evolve . . . I mean technologically evolve. Enhance ourselves to become more than just physically human. Human + (plus) technology.
Am I talking evil Nazi Eugenics? NO. Am I talking smart phone — -> Star Trek Borg implants, Matrix simulated realities, AI controlled cultures like The Forbin Project? Space expansion through human technological evolution? SMILE? Honestly, I don’t know. But certainly something we can’t imagine yet.
Or maybe you would prefer a more bleak future? One in which 90% or more of the population has be wiped clean by a natural or artificial contagion? Maybe a global nuclear war? I’m saying the time to choose is now. Through your daily actions, you, myself, all of us are selecting a common future moment-by-moment. Let’s make it the best one it can possibly be, for the most human acting people possible.
For just a few moments a day, I appeal to you’re higher evolved survival instincts, or rather those of common sense. Let’s put aside our greed, jealousy, prejudice and fear and rise to the best we humans can be, intelligent, creative, compassionate, cooperative, communicating, altuistic beings worthy of this biosphere and it’s diversity. Worthy to survive as a continually evolving species on this planet and later expansion out in the universe. There to eventually meet others who have survived as well.
The choice is individual, but the effect is truly cumulative. Seven billion futures, which one will it be? Which one do you we want it to be?
Michael McAnally, is a Founder, Futurist, Entrepreneur and Science Fiction Blogger who goes by the pen name Michael Blade. He has deep professional knowledge in computer science and currently lives in San Francisco as CEO-Dev of Touch Voice . He has apps in all the major app stores which help thousands of speech impaired individuals and are used in hospitals and care facilities around the globe.