The future is not going to be either Star Trek or Terminator but something totally different.
The future is definitely unsure and filled with unknown variables for any single entity; but include that entity into a large group, then the future of that group can be projected by the known constants or characteristics of the single entity which is common among the group. (stay with me it gets easier as we go 🙂 ) What would help would be an illustration! Lets take a single water molecule in a kettle. The future of what or where that molecule would be is impossible to know. But if we add heat to that kettle we can pretty much know the future of any of the water molecules in that kettle! The same is true for mankind. It is pretty much impossible to know the future for any single person but the future of mankind as a whole is pretty easy to project.
So what are the constants or characteristics of an individual that is common among all mankind?
Scientifically the needs of all mankind are like a pyramid or a ladder in that no one can go to the second step with out completing the first. Additionally no one can maintain that level or progress to the next if the primary levels are in jeopardy.
Let’s say you’re at the level of “safety” then at one moment your “physical” level is in jeopardy; you can’t breath! And as you lay gasping for breath some one tells you to stop gasping because the boss just walked in and he is upset that you are doing this. Normally what the boss thinks is important and a concern to you but now, you can’t breath! Will you care what he thinks? 🙂
For all time the first three levels can be attained through large families or combining your family’s wealth or resources with those of another through marriage. But the fourth level ESTEEM is the most difficult and the primary motivator for mankind. To be placed above your peers meant everything. From antiquity, to win the esteem of your tribe, your proof of bravery was required. To kill a mouse wouldn’t cut it 🙂 But to kill a bear twice your height and four time your weight that would win you some major kudos! You would be honored by the chief of your tribe and all other members. The badge of your new found status would be the wearing of the bear claws on your body. Another way to win esteem would be the show of bravery in combat vanquishing your enemy and wearing his armor and sword on your body.
Today things have changed, our status and symbols of that status are different but just as crucial to our lives!
Today it’s not bravery that wins you status but being associated with that desired level of status and having the represented symbols to be seen by everyone. For today status earned by bravery is not as important as the status given to those in the movie industry or the music industry or sports. For an example let’s say a young teenager was offered the choice to be awarded the Metal of Honor by the President of the United States or be in a movie with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, which would he prefer? Lets replace Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with a stage appearance and road show with Brittany Spears, which would he or she accept? The Metal of Honor?
In the 1980’s having a portable phone in your car was THE symbol of prestige, status, and importance. Then it was having one that you carried on your body, today everyone has a cell phone so how do you distinguish higher status? Wearing the phone on your ear so you are available all the time; the status of importance.
Most of the greatest technological advances do not go outside the individual but attach to or go inside the individual!
Every technological advancement gets directly applied to or inside the body of the individual, to give him superiority over his peers.
The advancement of laser technology went straight to the eyes. What was wrong with the eyes? Nothing. Lasik surgery is to remove the status lowering necessity of wearing glasses.
How about implants?
Wait, there is more then one type of implant 🙂 .
Dental implants, hip and joint implants, medical bone replacement implants; all implants start off for only those who are injured or damaged, to regain lost satus and selfesteem, then in no time at all they are used for cosmetic purposes; to increase the status of the individual over his or her peers.
Where are the robots?
Remember all technologicial advancements first go to individuals for medical purposes, to regain lost status and self esteem!
Now think about the prestige and status you would recieve if you were wearing one of these!
So is it the world that is going to change into Star Trek or the Terminator ?
No, It’s what we are inside and out that is changing!