A thousand years from now

I think it’s a common idea to play the role of Rip Van Winkle — to, say, be frozen for a hundred years, or thereabouts (give 80 years and take a thousand), and when thawed be able to look around, assimilate a number of things, get a feeling for how the world around you has changed, see what concerns from your age have proven to be just silly and on, and then to do that again.

In the Year 2525 was appropriately enough the #1 song during the summer of the first Moon Walking, though probably a lousy song, and it commits a sort of deus ex machina of shifting from 6565 to 7510 — seemingly because they ran out of rhymes for “Five”. I suppose the thoughts that “some of those things have come to pass a heck of a lot quicker than those thousand year intervals” falls by my wayside and is replaced with that thought of words with the “I” sound that Zager and Evans could have continued to use.

I once turned in a bad “C” paper in a class concerned with issues of Bioethics, but really with a perimeter beyond that, where I had difficulty expressing a number of fairly accepted conclusions. I do not quite know how to express a few gut feelings, which follow along the lines that we are going to find out that we are asking a whole bunch of wrong and meaningless questions, which in terms of the class seemed like a cop out, non-engagement, and stubbornness of allowing information into a set mind.

But look down the inventions offered to us in the past at the Paleo-Future blog, realize that such artifacts animated our past, and assimilate the disconnect into any discussion of Where Something Will Take Us.

So I quietly dispute something, a graph for which I cannot remember the name, which exponentially propels technological growth forward at a rapidly exponential rate — suggesting that for thousands of years, everything remained static and sedate, but in today’s world of hustle and bustle… I suspect adding to this affliction is a study in faulty perspective I can simplify with how one might compile a “Best of the 70s” record of pop music against… what would you do for the entire eighteenth century?  (Or… List the history of innovations of the Computer, and it’ll plop forward with multitude items in latter years, most of which be clearly not worth listing when we get 20 years forward.)
… From the vantage point of 10,000 years, we will be seen to be re-assimilating a lot of old technologies, and probably just as well re-jiggling the Wheel. The I-Phone is not a new invention, having little that was not there before. The Internet is a composite of old technologies.

Sorting through our current realms of fears of still far-out impositions of our doomed species: the fear of jiggering the dna of humans in utero and ending up with two classes of humans — natural and biological wunderkinds, I suspect the “Naturals” would hold up because the nature of human progress is as much artistic and scientific.

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