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The Future Is Bright for the World
Actually, no. I’m very precise in my writing. I never say the world is screwed. I say the Western world is screwed. When I say “Western world,” I mean the US, Europe, Canada, to a large degree Japan, and partially Australia and New Zealand. When I say “screwed,” I mean that the overall culture and relative stability of the economies of these current nations will be going bye-bye some time in the next few decades, regardless of politics, politicians, political activism, or internet bitching. (The only thing that might save the Western world is if someone invents something that changes everything.
-By Caleb Jones
Just medical technology advances alone are exciting. In your lifetime, cancer, obesity, and most degenerative diseases will be eliminated from human existence. Aging, at least as we understand the concept, will become a thing of the past. We will be living in a world that looks like the movie In Time, where every adult of all ages look about 25 years old (though I'll look 37; I think men look better in their late 30s than they do in their 20s).
Via genome therapy and nanotechnology, you’ll be able to do things like run for as long as you want without getting tired (via nanobots supplying oxygen to your muscles), hold your breath underwater for as long as you want (via nanobots supplying oxygen to your blood), completely eliminate wrinkles and bad skin (via stem cells harvested from you and transformed to youthful cells), eat whatever you want without gaining weight (via nanobots “eating” the bad shit in your stomach before your body absorbs it) and all kinds of other crazy stuff I alluded to here.
What about robotics? At some point in our lifetimes, via robots and 3D printing, you can build a nice house out in the desert for about $1,000. Eco-water reclamation systems will provide all the plants and water you need out there, and solar energy will be more than enough to power your life. Elon Musk just unveiled solar roof tiles that look 100% real and power your house. This is nothing compared to what’s coming. It will transform the way we view costs, buying, and selling.
For us libertarians, there’s a special added bonus to this technological advancement. In our lifetimes, for the first time in human history, technology will level the playing field between the individual and the state. Just think of some IRS agents hassling some farmer to pay his 40% income tax, when the guy pulls out a pocket nuclear device (that only cost him $800) and says, “40%? Yeah, I don’t think so. I’ll pay you 10%. Take it or get nuked, asshole.”
It will change the entire way we view government, taxes, funding of government services, and collectivism. Imagine being able to tell the US federal government to go fuck off and getting away with it(!). Governments and politicians are going to be forced to rethink how they manage the world.
If the thought of a farmer with a nuke horrifies you, don’t worry. Technology is always invented to counter other technology. If pocket nukes are common, we’ll have nuclear-proof shields and various other technology to protect us, just like computer viruses and anti-virus software.
Moreover, because of concepts like self-preservation and mutually assured destruction, we humans have a pretty good track record of avoiding the really horrible technologies that we have access to. As just one example, we invented the nuclear bomb back in 1945, which was 71 years ago, and last time I checked, we’re all still here, despite the fact that many nukes have been in the hands of furiously angry madmen during that time (including Kim Jong-un).
Even economically, things are looking up for the world. Not in the Western world; were staring down the barrel of a gun over here, but in the entire world. Poverty around the entire world has been reduced more in the last 50 years than in the previous 500 years.
Even the West has benefited; people under the poverty line in the US have food, shelter, and flushing toilets, which is beyond what most people in Africa have and beyond what the wealthiest Americans had just 100 years ago. 100% of Americans below the poverty line have a television and clean water, 72% have a car, and 70% have air conditioning.
Seth Godin recently posted an article with graphs which show that worldwide, in the last few decades, infant mortality has plummeted, deaths from war have plummeted, and life expectancy has grown.
Although my long-term expectations for the Western world are pretty pessimistic, my long-term expectations for the world, the human race, and my life on this Earth are very bright. Try not to forget that during the doom and gloom that we all have to suffer through living in a collapsing empire, the future is very bright for those men who are brave enough, and prepared enough, to take advantage of freedom and opportunity when it presents itself. That’s what my book is all about.
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RT 2016-11-21 06:45:50
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtkRFKg6AjU stem cell case studies start at 4:10
Gil Galad 2016-11-21 06:58:36
CJ, do you watch Isaac Arthur's youtube channel ? It deals with futurism, The Kardashev scale, transhumanism, and a whole bunch of stuff that makes you obsessed with living to see the next centuries (asteroid mining, artificial planets...), better than anything I've seen so far. 2nd question: have you considered donating to SENS Foundation ? I've been donating very small amounts and plan to bump it up as soon as I have a 'real' income. I'm younger than you but I think speeding those things up might be crucial in case rejuvenation is harder than expected (after all, when you dig a little deep, you realize someone like Kurzweil is actually quite late on a good handful his predictions).
Caleb Jones 2016-11-21 10:26:07
CJ, do you watch Isaac Arthur’s youtube channel ?No. Sounds very interesting. I'll check it out.
have you considered donating to SENS Foundation ?Never heard of it. I donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters which, to me, is a much more worthy cause. But choosing a charity is a very personal decision and every man needs to make his own choice about that.
Cherie 2016-11-21 14:09:57
"SENS Research Foundation (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Research Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization co-founded by Michael Kope, Aubrey de Grey, Jeff Hall, Sarah Marr and Kevin Perrott, which is based in Mountain View, California, United States. Its activities include research programs and public relations work for the application of regenerative medicine to aging. The foundation's stated goal is to transform the way the world researches and treats age-related disease. The SENS Research Foundation pursues research strands which correspond to seven categories of cellular damage which accumulate with age: accumulated side effects of metabolism which are eventually fatal. Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) is the term coined by British biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey for the diverse range of regenerative medical therapies, either planned or currently in development, for the periodical repair of all age-related damage to human tissue with the ultimate purpose of maintaining a state of negligible senescence in the patient, thereby postponing age-associated disease for as long as the therapies are reapplied. In 2011, Aubrey de Grey inherited $16.5 million on the death of his mother. Of this he assigned $13 million to fund SENS research, which by 2013 had the effect of roughly doubling the SENS Research Foundation's yearly budget to $4 million." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SENS_Research_Foundation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategies_for_Engineered_Negligible_Senescence Seeking immortality: Aubrey de Grey at TEDxSalford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0lvxTm2iLg
Steve 2016-11-21 19:26:31
I've also been following Aubrey de Grey and SENS . Very interesting guy. Great beard too!
CurtsNOKC 2016-11-30 17:38:39
Hmmm. I too am a hardcore Libertarian and Orthodox Christian, so love many of the points you bring up. But how does society stop CERN, aka the Key to the Bottomless Pit, from turning earth into the next dark star is my question? Indeed it seems about every 2000 years or every zodiac age, God has to bring us down to reality. Right when humans feel they are about to conquer the world...bam a flood, tower of Babel, fake alien landing, etc occurs. CERN is where Religion and Science will collide to usher in the Aquarius age more than likely, but not without some STHTF first I'm afraid. We see total collapse in every culture about every Age. Get ready. The Egyptians, Mayans, on and on. Great article but I think God is still trying to teach us and every Age before us, to stop f*cking w shit and trust him. We are too concerned with living forever as history proves is what usually leads us to die sooner lol. The irony...
Caleb Jones 2016-11-30 18:00:56
I don't believe in a Judaeo/Christian God, nor the events depicted in the Bible, so I don't share your concern.
Kurt 2016-12-03 17:43:43
"If pocket nukes are common, we’ll have nuclear-proof shields and various other technology to protect us, just like computer viruses and anti-virus software." This is laughable. Nukes were invented over 70 years ago, the world has been scared shitless at the thought of their use ever since, and no magical 'nuke shield' has been invented yet. There are some things like the laws of physics that will not be repealed no matter how cool technology gets.
Caleb Jones 2016-12-04 17:58:43
“If pocket nukes are common, we’ll have nuclear-proof shields and various other technology to protect us, just like computer viruses and anti-virus software.” This is laughable. Nukes were invented over 70 years ago, the world has been scared shitless at the thought of their use ever since, and no magical ‘nuke shield’ has been invented yet.Because nukes have been well outside of the private sector and the free market. If/when they ever become a part of it, yes, you will see some defenses arise. And by the way, a nuclear missile shield is well within today's technology, going all the way back to the 1980s when Reagan first suggested it. The problem is he handed it over to big government (the public sector), which did what it always does; it spent billions of dollars and didn't accomplish anything.
Juancito42 2020-02-20 20:09:23
Robots replace unskilled labor might mean more Alpha Male 2.0 entrepreneurs . They can reach their full potential once most boring and monotonous jobs are automated. Entrepreneurs with access to computers might become the biggest consumers/producers in the world. Robot technicians and Engineers would have a huge boom in the job market. Under average iq people might be taken care of by the government or wiped out.