Oh, yeah, let me just get in my DeLorean and pop into the future to check. Sigh. How the hell am I supposed to know this? Do I look like Nostradamus? There are two schools of thought. One is that the human race will continue to evolve until we are at a state of ultimate technological and scientific achievement. The other school of thought is that we will blow ourselves to kingdom come within the next 100 years. Erm, I know which I prefer…
10,000 years from now. Some expect the human race to have devolved into a simpler existence, living in mud huts with basic tools. We are tough, but with nuclear arms, biotechnology, and genetic modification finding their way into more and more dangerous hands, the result of politics, extremism and ego stroking nonsense, surely, surely, it’s a matter of time before all this hell is unleashed upon the world, dwindling the human race to a couple thousand hardy souls. With little left but a simple Amish-esque lifestyle.
And what about our natural resources? They will run out in the next 100 years. Prices will skyrocket. Countries will be at each other’s throats. Wars will erupt as power struggles will climax. A world war will be inevitable. The final war. Large swathes of humankind will be annihilated. Also resulting in the aforementioned humble Amish life.
In either scenario, we will be left in a new dark age. What we are now will be forgotten. Like Planet of the Apes. With fewer angry monkeys…
But others think all this is utter nonsense. Of course we’ll still be here in 10,000 years time. And not just ‘existing’, but alive. We’ll be in space, soaring to majestic heights of human endeavour. We’ll be highly evolved, and we will have made huge strides in technology and science. Providing a major natural disaster doesn’t happen, the human race will rule glorious and victorious.
But what of global warming? Ah, but we’ll be more intelligent in the future. We’ll live side by side in peace and harmony. We’ll have figured out eco ways of surviving. Solar and the like will be the new oil. We’ll adapt and the poorer countries will thrive as the prices for eco technologies plummet.
But which scenario is the most likely? You’re probably thinking the second one. That we’ll be amazing and everything will be just dandy. Erm, no. Sorry. Very unlikely. The doomsday clock is at one minute to midnight. We are seconds away from annihilating ourselves. In the next 10,000 years, an asteroid will definitely hit the Earth and there is absolutely no way to stop it. Several deadly viruses will have struck the Earth. A coronal mass ejection from the Sun will happen, wiping out all our electronics and stripping away much of the atmosphere. And what about nuclear war? That may well happen. In 10,000 years time, the human race will probably be a couple thousand hardy souls living the simple life, in simple mud huts.
It all depends on when these things happen, of course. Technology and science are evolving at a phenomenal pace, but will we have found ways to combat the natural disasters that await us? Or will those disasters get us first? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, and hope that, in the meantime, some nutcase doesn’t go bananas with an atom bomb.
The human race is the most fragile thing in the universe.
Our future is, as it always has been, in the hands of fate…
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