Seeing The Possibilities


I am definitely a SciFi guy. I love watching almost anything in that genre. The Mad Max movies and that type of doomsday stuff is neat but I really get off on the things that show humanity on a positive note. I guess that maybe started with “Robbie the Robot” in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. By the time the Jetsons cartoon series rolled around I was totally hooked. I just love thinking about future possibilities.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest, the most creative people in the world decided to change it? Where could they do such a thing? They’d need a place free of politics and bureaucracy, distractions, and greed. A secret place where they could build whatever they were crazy enough to imagine?

The above words came from a 2015 movie entitled Tomorrowland. It has become one of my recent favorite SciFi movies. The words above sparked all kinds of emotions in me. What if we could actually do that? That possibility is the stuff that makes SciFi movies what the are. How do we make the world a better place, or at least keep us from destroying it. How can we do that?

As the quote insinuates, when government and bureaucracies get involved things tend to come to a screeching halt. It’s kinda like the phrase “Designed by a Committee”. Everyone in the engineering world knows that is not a good thing.

Given the state of our country and even the world to some extent, I think it is time for some very radical changes in our society. We need to give people who have creative ideas the ability to carry out their dreams. We need a fundamental shift of how government, corporations, and science interact.

Technological change that we dreamed about in the mid-twentieth century is happening very quickly now, but it seems a large portion of our population just isn’t ready for it. Robot are finally taking over the mundane, dare I say very boring, activities in our manufacturing processes. That should unleash more of us to move on to more creative things, but for too many the opposite is the case.

If you have been around for as long as I have, you realize that the changes we saw in technology during the 1980-2000 period has tripled in the 2000-2020 timeframe. Who is to deny that the 2020-2040 period will not triple again. We would finally be able to solve almost all the world’s problem if only we had the mindset to do it.

If we could just allow all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest, the most creative people in the world decided to do their thing, nothing would be unsolvable. Yeah, we might even have all those totally automated flying cars running around, without an accident to be seen as was characterized in the Jetsons. Let’s unleash the dreamers to make that happen.

It likely won’t ever happen, but I can dream it…

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