I ❤️ SciFi movies, particularly Star Trek. I love the futuristic scenes and scenarios, but perhaps what I love the most is how advanced humanity is portrayed. We no longer treat people of different skin colors differently, Heck, they don’t even have to resemble homo sapiens. As long as they can do their jobs they are respected. It’s kind of like Martin Luther King’s speech personified to the utmost.
Then there is today. We have a LONG way to go to get even close to what we are supposed to be, according to the SciFi flicks, in the not that distant future. To me, one of the basic impediments to accomplishing what humanity is capable of is our seeming inability to overcome obstacles that prevent us from using our technological advances for the good of all of us.
One of those advances is the Internet. It allows us to communicate one-on-one with anyone in the world. It allows us to put our grievances and their possible solutions out there for everyone to see. As a result of this blog, I have been able to freely talk to some new Russian friends. I have learned that they are not very different from me. They are not an angry mass ready to throw nuclear bombs at us. Yeah, their leaders, just like ours tell them what to believe, but because of the Internet, they can see the truth or untruth to their words.
Because of Google, we can now get answers to almost any of our questions with the touch of a few buttons. The world is at our fingertips quite literally. Yet there are so many who see this opportunity as a liability. They see it full of people wanting to rob them or to lie to them. They see it mainly through fear as a negative instead of the mammoth positive that it could become if only we learn how to use it and regulate it properly.
Eventually, there will come a time when no one has to be enslaved in mind boring work in order to just survive. Robotics will soon be freeing us to begin to achieve at least a small degree of our individual potential.
The current advances in our life-giving and life-saving technology are going too FAST for many to be able to take advantage of it. The advances in technology now far outstrip the advances in our humanity.
What will it take for us to make full use of what technology can provide for us even today let alone in the future? One of the probable solutions is for my generation to finally die off. There are too many of us who were born before personal computers and the things that followed them who will never embrace what’s in front of them. Another is that, like healthcare, we have to quit making technology a privilege of only the ones who can afford it. We need to get Internet access fully implemented including rural areas.
And finally, it will happen when we can strip ourselves of the “Mitch McConnells” in our leadership who would rather throw a huge anchor in our path forward and condone incompetents instead of embracing changes needed for the good of all of us.
I think that there will come a time in the not too distant future where we will finally become unleashed from our fear of the future and begin to fully embrace changes available to us to accomplish things that too many of my generation could hardly imagine.