Technology is fast replacing the working man and will eventually reduce the work force to bare minimum. Digital currency is replacing actual money (cashless society). Universal Basic Income proposes guaranteed income from the government, whether we work or not. Someone or something will end up doing everything for us; somebody else will be able to control how much money we have access to and how to spend it. Socially, however, what will be the result due to automation and the subsequent job losses? Seems to me like lots of people will be doing nothing and not learning, or knowing, how to do anything. This does not appeal to me and kind of scares me.
Why do modern buildings still have stairs? Because technology fails. When technology fails completely and terminally, what will you do? Will you thrive or panic like the millions of others?
Technology fails us when tech becomes more important than human interaction and, even, the humanness of frailty. As the development of machines to function and "think" like humans has progressed, technology is fast replacing the working man and will eventually reduce the work force to bare minimum. And, while the takeover of AI seems to be the stuff of sci-fi movies, we see it happening around us everywhere, everyday. It can do complex tasks faster, and less likely to make mistakes than humans. It makes our everyday lives easier and we enjoy, and even rely on, the conveniences it creates. The idea of AI dominating the world is closer to the truth than you may think.
Transhumanism is the idea that humans can evolve into beings that are more than human. This can happen through human enhancement or technological robotics. Humans will be less dependent on each other since they can rely on machines for everything they need. Naturally, these ideas are marketed as benevolent (doing good) and that the sticking of technology into the body will, ultimately be the best thing since the smartphone. Yes, technology currently extists to help people with physical disabilities but, beyond that, is the intentional technological implant, to "enhance" onesself, a good choice? [Video 1] [Video 2] [Article]
How can we prepare? By avoiding total reliance on technology, and preparing as if it did not exist, surviving a technology failure will set you apart from the rest of society. Trying to think in terms of "old school" alternatives while using technology can help prepare as you go.
And what if defense against technology becomes a concern? Consider at least these options:
- Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) guns
- Ultra-high voltage to burn their circuits
- Water to short-out their circuits