In the recent years, I have tried so much to see how the future is going to be. By looking and trying to understand the changes in culture, science, and communications in the past and their course of changes in our timeline. Predicting the future from a microscopic point of view is impossible. You never know what next big change is going to be.
Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future
— Robert Storm Peterson
By looking at Star Trek, it’s very obvious that trying to predict the future is hard. They really tried their best and successfully predicted things like MRI, Graphical User Interfaces, Cell Phones, etc. But one thing they could never imagine was people watching funny videos about cats and people doing crazy stuff on a social network.
That’s why prediction is hard and in a sense always funny when you look back. On the other side, we have predictions that did happen. They were based on rational and scientific theories that came to be very reasonable. Jules Verne for example; accomplished this by predicting submarines, newscasts, solar sails, lunar modules, sky writing, video conferencing, slash down spaceships and very unlikely the taser guns. This is not something that anyone could do.
People like Charles Babbage knew there’s going to be a computer someday. DaVinci knew there’s going to be a plane.
It’s basically possible to determine what the future is going to be by predicting what we logically are going to invent. Now we can’t really predict the way people are going to dress (which I really don’t think they’ll do and I’m coming back to it soon) or where the culture is going, what we can predict is the root of all that and I think it’s so significant that nothing else will really change that.
The future is in the past…
What is the future like? I used to look for the next changes in microscopic ways when I realized the whole picture is not there. Let’s move to the biggest image we have yet. Let’s look at the way our universe changed.
The WAMP telescope’s super famous picture: The Nine Year Microwave Sky gave us a picture of the baby universe, the actual evidence to say okay Big Bang did happen. With that, we have the theory of universes expansion. Why on Earth did I mention that? The theory of expansion has two sides: At first, we have a singularity. Everything is a single point of time-space. There is no volume in which to contain the universe and there is no timeline if we say so. There is neither a future nor a past. Many say that for an infinite time we were in the point of singularity and what they don’t know is that in the singularity time didn’t exist to be able to have an infinite length.
And then out of the blue big bang happens. The universe expands and starts to become cool as it expands. That makes the elements to shape and everything that happened after that…
The opportunity to experience life needed time-space to and experience and it started there. Even when Hubble himself didn’t believe that the universe is expanding but we now know that it is true. no doubts there.
… if redshift are not primarily due to velocity shift … the velocity-distance relation is linear, the distribution of the nebula is uniform, there is no evidence of expansion, no trace of curvature, no restriction of the time scale … and we find ourselves in the presence of one of the principles of nature that is still unknown to us today … whereas, if redshifts are velocity shifts which measure the rate of expansion, the expanding models are definitely inconsistent with the observations that have been made … expanding models are a forced interpretation of the observational results
— Edwin Hubble
This did have another side. The second half is the universe either going to an infinity sized volume and as that happens we can expect it to become cooler and cooler and reach a point where no star has any fuel left to burn. We’ll be left with one big, frozen and dark universe.
But the other way is if it reverses expansion till the universe re-collapses. That is called the Big Crunch theory. It’s not really proved but many theories predict that it’s more likely to happen.
Why I ever said that? I spoke too long and you may find what I said to not really related. That’s okay because at this point the dot’s will start to connect.
Our cycle, in my opinion has a lot to share with the evolution of the universe.
Let’s look at what we used to be: We used to be normal animals till we invented tools (take it as the big bang) and we started to invent as much as tools as we could (the expanding universe). But all the sudden it changed: we started to go back. We started to merging those tools to smaller tools and all in one place. Swiss-knife way (this is the universe contracting.)
While going this way. There will be the need for a “Universal Machine”. Something that does any given task and solves any given problem. In the computer science people tried (and are still trying) their best to make that happen. They published many many papers and still that couldn’t be done.
One thing that turned out to be really promising as the most potential answer to the universal machine is Cellular Automaton. Theories like Conway’s Game of Life revolutionized our understanding of logic. It proved to be capable of solving “every problem”. However, that was in form of logic. From the robotics perspective, we started to think about “Nanobots”.
Think of them as cells but capable of connecting and disconnecting from each other, moving around each other, programmable and of course in a very tiny size.
When we get to have them we shall need nothing else.
First Prediction: Nanobots will replace anything we have ever made
If you want a house, in fractions of a minute these robotic elements can shape a one for you, So you’ll not be limited to live at one place. But why thinking like that? If we had these things why we had to even have a house? Really why? Now there comes the bigger image: There will be no cities, no cars, no tools nothing but the nature that existed before humanity. Woods and forests and deserts will be the future.
You could drink any water. Nanobots floating in the water could make it clean. We didn’t have to have a roof. When there was rain, our nanobots could shape a roof for us. When we wanted to eat they could make us a table. When we wanted to go somewhere they could move us (or if we had successfully discovered wormholes, they could open us a portal). Anything that we wished for was possible.
Also because they couldn’t reproduce themselves if one of them started to act broken it couldn’t hurt the whole system. It couldn’t create broken nanobots like itself and cause cancer within the system. In general, it’ll be a very stable machine that will change everything. Everything for good.
Second Prediction: Lifecode will change anything we know about our bodies.
Lifecode is about intentionally changing life forms. It can be in different manners: Birth Control played a big role in showing that we could change very big aspects of life and culture by changing ourselves. What used to be a way for humanity to survive and existed as one of the most basic aspects of a living creature turned into a fun activity that had nothing to do with its origins.
But that goes beyond that. One of the manners of lifecode is to program cells and we now have reached that. You will never believe if I tell you that this Hawaiian-flower-pattern is made of programmed bacterias:
In the coming years, we should expect a change in the way we look and expect the ability customize us. As I said earlier, we can’t really predict the culture of tomorrow so I will not dare thinking about what we will do to ourselves and what will be the shape of humanity in that times. One thing I can say however, is that there will be no difference in the look of people from different parts of the planet. If we today can distinguish an Indian from a Chinese in the future is going to be impossible. And because of two reasons:
In the future transportation is going to be very fast and easy. Everyone will be able to go anywhere in the world instantly. In the future, you would live in Paris and work in San Francisco. while going to Venice for your work launch by having wormhole portals. Earth becomes one big city and one big nationality because we’re going to come a Type I Civilization. therefore people will start sleeping with others from anywhere in the plant and that makes our DNAs to mix and mix and mix till it results in a homogeneous mixture of all human DNA signatures. (It’ll take long, but we’ll reach there.)
Lifecode will be letting people be just as what they wanted, or at least their children to be as they wished. Just like the way what we wear is pretty much the same anywhere, the way we look will face the same in the future as people in the world will start having same tastes.
There will be a technological singularity. And with that, comes interesting consequences. I believe the path towards the inevitable singularity shall have this phases:
First Phase: Immortality
The first thing that happens is we become immortals. No kidding. By having nanobots floating in our blood we can defeat any disease. Innovation in Nanobots will happen until the day they’ll be replacing our existing cells.
Imagine someone who has lost an arm. These bots will shape that arm for them. Illness will be cured as nanobots can replace dead eye cells. Anything will be cured.
Soon we’ll be in no need for even wearing anything because these nanobots will even make us warm from the inside (The reason behind cloths is Sex. In the past sex resulted in having pregnancy and by that it became a taboo and many cultures got built on top of that. We have changed that and as you can see it’s becoming very usual. In the future, as sex will be only something fun and no child will be born naturally you can expect sex to become something as regular as a handshake. And it will only take some years for people to drop all that taboo and accept the new idea. When that happens anyone will be having sex with anyone and at that moment cloths will be no longer needed.)
Second Phase: The revolution of AI
Super human intelligence is maybe what we can expect to get invented very soon. The hope of humanity from the very beginning has been about making a God. A SHI (Super Human Intelligence) can be something that sees everything, knows everything, has more intelligence power than any of us combined. That’s why so many of us hope that if they make that, it’ll solve every big problem that the humanity has and it’ll become our guardian.
But this invention can be very much the end for us. Imagine an ant’s cleverness. That SHI will look to us exactly the same way. There is no escape from that and it will never actually care about us. (Can you really talk to an ant and care about your conversation?). Still, many believe that we can control that SHI (did any animal ever controlled us?) and for that reason, it’s possible that those people make it happen.
If that ever happens it’s very likely that we become extinct as soon as that SHI becomes functional. Anything after this line can only take place if this prediction never happens. (Which I’m 100% sure, will take place)
Fourth Prediction: Mind Unity
Mind Unity (Brain Network) is actually a result from Technological Singularity that I mentioned before but is so important that deserves it’s own “Big Prediction”. Mind Unity is going to be about connecting all brains together.
If we reach the Mind Unity. Something like the Matrix movie will happen. All of us shall be connected into the same system and we’ll share our minds with each other. We no longer will need our bodies because can move our self-consciousness into a very big network of consciousnesses and interact with each other there.
What will happen to us then?
The point in the future where we get to be in the Unity is going to be the very Big Crunch for us. Time-Space will finish there. It’ll be a new singularity point.
What do I mean by that? When we reach Singularity, we’ll have no shape, no face, no body. And as we are all in a very fast circuit and all our brain systems are at one place there shall be no need for a language to talk. What cause us to be able to talk is that our languages are very limited and we can never fully express ourselves to each other. That makes it possible to always have something to tell to someone.
But as soon as you’re in the Unity you can see and experience the whole life of someone else because every memory is shared. It’s just like copying all data at once to another drive. It happens very fast. One becomes speechless as when it knows everything.
Also, there will be no space as it’s a computer circuit. Just a blank space where minds can share stuff. No one’s going to be able the experience anything new.
With that in mind very soon everyone knows every single thing they can know and it’ll end the need for doing anything forever thus we shall extinct. There’s going to be a point where one will no longer be able to do anything and when it can’t do anything why it should exist? hence the extinction is inevitable where the Mind Unity exists. It’s a real singularity like before of Big Bang, no time-space exists there, no volume is present. It’s only a point.
In the other hand if nanobots happen. We also will somehow extinct. They illuminate the need of doing any action too. Having fun will become the only activity that we can have and as fun is only possible when you know the meaning of sadness (and as nanobots will keep us happy all the time) our existence once again goes to the edge of extinction.
Humanity may survive from this in two ways. First is to go back a bit and have work-related activities just for fun and there come so many nihilistic/existentialistic thoughts. There is a very deep though there that the only reason we need to exists is that we’re not perfect and if we someday fix that we no longer are needed.
The other possible path is something that we don’t know yet. Nothing know to us will be there and it’ll share no attribute with our current identification of humanity. Something truly new will start there. A very strange and truly new identity and form of existence…