You are math and music, mundane, maudlin and magical. This world reflects you outward.
Ignore the stiff joints, tired eyes, and the five, no twelve extra pounds you’ve put on since jettisoning your 30s, no 20s. But an accumulation of moments in a finite existence.
You should probably demand more.
Russians are actively — and very rationally — pursuing the resurrection of the woolly mammoth and the biome that enabled it.
Pleistocene Park is named for the geological epoch that ended only 12,000 years ago, having begun 2.6 million years earlier. Though colloquially known as the Ice Age, the Pleistocene could easily be called the Grass Age. Even during its deepest chills, when thick, blue-veined glaciers were bearing down on the Mediterranean, huge swaths of the planet were coated in grasslands.
Why do this?
Because it’s awesome, obviously, and also god-like, and we humans, created in God’s image, always have, likely always will actively seek to mimic — to the best of our abilities and the best of the cumulative powers of our creation’s abilities — the very work of God. Also, not ironically, to stave of humanity’s reckless negative impact on the environment.
You carry a supercomputer in your hand. Likely, the very best: iPhone, that glistening, tactile embodiment of computing, ingenuity and the inexorable spread of technology. But if you want both this amazing device and also want the very best intelligent agent, from Google, say, or Amazon’s Alexa, well, you can’t. Not for any price. Apple claims to offer you the very best smartphone but if you want to access Alexa on your iPhone, that you purchased with your money, from your own iPhone’s home button, you can’t. It’s not possible.
We’ll have living woolly mammoths before this happens.
We humans demand too little from this world.
Apple wants the profit margins which come from controlling every gateway it can, even the home button. Touch your iPhone with your finger or herald your iPhone with your voice and you can’t have the very best computing intelligence respond, thought it is otherwise freely available to everyone else.
What an odd time to be alive.
Woolly mammoths, a green Siberia, iPhones — and limited choice.
Doesn’t seem right.
Commerce and competition have long lit the flames of human creativity but there are now so many miracles and wonders availing themselves to us that it seems we may have no choice but to disrupt these aging drivers of human collaboration. They are no longer offering us the best we can have.
No! This is not a suggestion that we go backwards, that we limit ourselves to the always-failed centralized planning mode, a form of cleverness and cliqueness and collusion that always leads to disaster. Nonetheless, we seem to be bumping up against the limits of the model that has served us all so well for so long.
Meaning: an iPhone, but without Alexa.
A literal zoo with roaming Ice Age animals, while still another Chinese city chokes its citizens in smog.
Maybe we’re close to crossing the other side? Close to resurrecting the dead — at least the cool, animal dead — and ending climate change and using clean energy from the bounty of the solar system and having the very best personal supercomputers with the very best personal computing services and the very best content without an endless series of pop-ups, solicitations and ads for consumer goods you already purchased last week. I want to believe. The evidence tells me that belief is at least justifiable. Look! Humans are developing once unimaginable powers, god-like powers, like the ability to alter the exterior world using only our thoughts.
Dennis Degray is a 64-year-old quadriplegic who is writing a sentence on the computer screen in front of him using only his brain.
Even though Degray can no longer physically move his arms, the neurons in that part of his brain, and in the brains of many other paralyzed individuals, remain active. The sensors in his brain listen in to those neurons, which emit different electrical signals depending on the direction Degray thinks about moving his hand.
You can’t even begin to fully understand the 1,000-year potential of such developments.
No, of course I don’t.
But we can imagine. Controlling the exterior reality with our mind, literally. Our thoughts sending waves to computers, to machines, robots, connected humans and animals, possibly other living things, which then react to our thoughts. My God. How far away might this travel? How forward into time?
At least since the Big Bang the universe has had one constant law: something comes from nothing. Always!
We are building, creating, imagining, leveraging our thoughts, both alone and together. Think, and the world changes. Speak, and the world changes.
But ask for Alexa, not Siri, on your iPhone — impossible.
This blog, Verge, claims America is arresting people for tweeting a flashing image. People allegedly tweeted a flashing image to a man who claims such images allegedly induce seizures in him. Imagine our brain-based, world-shifting thought pranks fifty years on!
Will Apple Inc, if there’s an Apple Inc, let us, it’s paying customers, access the very best services on our “iPhone” if we so choose? By 2067? Or will they attempt to keep us locked inside their profitable world using even more innovative and terrifying ways?
Everything’s leaving us. That includes corporate control upon our life. We should still hurry it along.