If the Bible is a makers guide, as I contend, what next?
Humans are rapidly replicating the divine magic and godly powers detailed in the Bible. What next power do we acquire?
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
Jesus spoke, and the sick, infirm, dying person, far away, was saved.
When will we mirror this?
The doctor reviews the patient via video, speaks into the Alexa or Siri equivalent, and the precise robot arms and the AI-driven processors, sensors, drips, and monitoring machines awaken and comply.
With such magical healing powers as Jesus, via robots, AI, and whatever we or they later fashion, will there even ever again be a need for doctors? Healers?
Already, our richest technologists are pouring known billions of dollars into healthcare-directed AI, new medicines, nano-sized sensors and healing agents, bio-pharmaceuticals and more to heal and radically extend life. Just like in the Bible.
Do we dare extend life into the many hundreds of years, as detailed in Genesis? Will this be possible?
It seems now likely. Doesn’t it?
These are the times of Bible magic, just like in the days of Moses.
I cannot tell you if this should frighten you, or if you should rejoice, or both.
Meet Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, the investment arm of Alphabet, Google’s owners. Three years ago, Maris decided to create a company that will “solve” death. He pitched the idea to Google’s co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Thus was born Calico, which is short for the California Life Company, in 2013. It started with a billion dollars in the bank and is “extremely secretive”. (All that’s known is it’s) tracking 1,000 mice from birth to death to try to determine ‘biomarkers’ of ageing – biochemical substances whose levels predict morbidity; that it has a colony of naked mole rats, which live for 30 years and are amazingly ugly; and that it has invested in drugs that may prove helpful with diabetes and Alzheimer’s.”
I suspect the world’s multi-billionaires are spending multi-billions more on radical life extension efforts than is known. In fact, I would not be surprised if many of the foundation efforts of tech billionaires, often publicly stated to be focused on “improving health outcomes,” are also used as vehicles to fund mad scientists and crazy dreamers who possess even a hint of ability — philosopher stone-like — to enable their funders to live well past 100, maybe to 1,000.
We can be sure, based including on the ages of those from the Book of Genesis, that beyond 1,000 is no longer human form.
Assuming they succeed, which is possible, and assuming the technology leeches out, which is certain, what will we do with all our time?
We must prepare ourselves for horror.
Rootlessness, boredom and the societal embrace of the non-physical has led many to extremism, in how they live and in how they view the world — and view other humans.
Now give them each 950 more years.
We aren’t even sure what people will do in 20 years.
This tells us that robots will replace — the work — of 1 in 3 in under 20 years.
More than 10m jobs in the UK – a third of the total – are thought to be at risk from automation within the next two decades.
There was also evidence (in the report) to suggest that the impact of automation would be geographically concentrated and so widen the north-south divide.
No work for millions.
One region radically better off than the other.
It could end well. But there are no guarantees. Despite the denials.
Society’s leaders, for example, still believe robots and AI will displace billions of poor and lightly skilled workers — as defined by how much pay they receive — but not themselves. This belief, and there is yet little evidence for its veracity, though they cling to the notion faithfully, is that smarter, more adaptable people, will fuse with AI and robots, their work, insights, creativity and focus aligning, co-equals, with all that the future brings, making them more productive, more creative, more valuable.
The future is never so sparing.
Neither doctor nor banker nor breadmaker is safe.
But there is shelter.
You will discover that a stable, tight-knit family structure, and the sharing of costs and outputs with those whose values are aligned with yours, will prove your greatest asset.