Rollin' Like Sisyphus

July 23, 2014, 10:55am PDT

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on July 23, 2014

Night must fall even on paradise.

Night must fall even on paradise.

Just noting the exact day and time where I came across the simple mind-dribblings of an obviously simple man:

Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; robots will drive our cars, manufacture our goods, and do our chores.

Why note the imbecility of an imbecile?
I don’t know, perhaps in 20 years we can all call this up and have ourselves a good hearty laugh, because we’ll probably need one, if the Internet even still exists and I’m not too busy distilling homemade kerosene out of rendered vasoline and coyote dung passed through a filter cobbled together from spent Salonpas pads.
He does hit on one thing correctly, and I’ll get to that in a bit.
But for now, let’s roll through this and see if we can do so with our spleens still intact.

Unlimited Energy

Where in the Hell are we going to get unlimited energy from? Even the energy emanating from that giant thermonuclear reactor streaking across the daytime sky is not possessed of “unlimited energy” so what are we talking about here? Windmills? Algae? An infinite number of hamsters turning an infinite number of hamster wheels?
I’m not being cheeky. I genuinely want to know where this “unlimited energy” is supposed to come from in a brief two decades. It won’t be any of the so-called “green” initiatives – if they held that kind of promise the Dutch would have never scrapped their windmills in the 17th century.
It also most likely won’t be hydrogen fuel, Because Boom, and it most likely won’t be cold fusion because all we can manage is hot fusion, which is right out Because Boom. Fission plants are out because they’re basically outlawed and will continue to be so, oil is going away either through dwindling supplies or market demands.
So unless there is some level of progress on heat reclamation that I’ve been hitherto unaware of, what the fuck?

Unlimited Food

Genetically modified foods can increase yields, but unless we start farming the Moon somehow, we’re simply not going to be able to continue the 34-stage food production chain that we currently enjoy 20 years hence – and even if we could, it wouldn’t be “unlimited” unless the author here is privy to a scheme of wiping out a large swath of the current global population that he doesn’t care to make mention of.
In fact, food and energy are probably the only things that are going to be worth a damn at all in 20 years, when the iPhone is a paperweight.

Unlimited Clean Water

Tell it to California, Pointdexter.

What He Got Right

He did get one thing right, despite getting everything else wrong on the way there:

There won’t be much work for human beings. Self-driving cars will be commercially available by the end of this decade and will eventually displace human drivers—just as automobiles displaced the horse and buggy—and will eliminate the jobs of taxi, bus, and truck drivers. Drones will take the jobs of postmen and delivery people.

Robots are already replacing manufacturing workers. Industrial robots have advanced to the point at which they can do the same physical work as human beings. The operating cost of some robots is now less than the salary of an average Chinese worker. And, unlike human beings, robots don’t complain, join labor unions, or get distracted. They readily work 24 hours a day and require minimal maintenance. Robots will also take the jobs of farmers, pharmacists, and grocery clerks.

It’s true, and what my money is bet upon will be the catalyst (if such a thing is still possible) for what finally puts a spark to the longwinding fuse of the bomb that sets off The Next Big Thing.
And it won’t take anywhere near 20 years to come to pass.


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  1. Doom said, on July 23, 2014 at 14:21

    I have decided that elites are pushing for a war with peons, to get rid of most of them. Seriously. They do believe they are no longer necessary. Even if elites get their way, and win? No, never mind, I’ve skipped too far ahead. Although, I should suggest, they won’t win. Only in the beginning, and maybe. Only if it is the end of days. Hmm, then again, if this comes about, and it is not the end, think… a global U.S.S.R. There is that, Reagan spoke of it. The thousand years of darkness. Still, that is what I am sensing.

  2. El Borak said, on July 23, 2014 at 14:23

    There is surely a possibility for social unrest because of this; but we could also create the utopian future we have long dreamed of, with a large part of humanity focused on creativity and enlightenment.

    Dude, that is awesome. I can’t wait until the large part of humanity that is currently focused in Kim and Kanye has time enough to share their creativity and enlightenment with the rest of us.

  3. kfc said, on August 1, 2014 at 15:36

    Sounds like the basis for a really bad tv show that came out around the same time and which you took apart and dismissed for poor physics. Hollywood needs you.

  4. kfc said, on August 1, 2014 at 15:38

    Fuck, this site is really acting wonky – the above was meant for the Sun Wants to Kill You post. Shit’s jumpy, much like Angeleno drivers today. I have no idea how we ended up here, but I did not click on this post link… yet…

  5. kfc said, on August 1, 2014 at 15:40

    on second thought, this does sound like the basis for a really bad tv show…

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