The Future is Frightening
What Will Technology do to us?
The world as we know it was born in 1776. Not only was revolutionary citizen focused government born on the eastern seaboard of North America, but in England that same year a man named James Watt patented his first Steam Engine. For the next 138 years this new world grew from infancy to full adulthood. Steam, Electricity, Coal, Oil, Rails, Steel, and the Micrometer conspired behind the scenes to create a new Earth, a world unseen before and completely novel in its function.
Humans powered across vast oceans, fertilized the earth to generate untold amounts of food, soared through the air at faster and faster rates, and fought a war to end all wars over just who was going to be in charge of this unbelievable bounty. And through it all Humanity hasn’t changed.
Technology may change how we interact with each other and the planet, but it doesn’t change us. No matter how smart the architect, nor how carefully or totally implemented the new social structure, the Thucydidean nature of Humanity always finds a way to assert itself.
The old world of small settlement, agrarian society woven together by familial, cultural, and religious bonds died over 100 years ago. It was killed off by artificial fertilizer, vaccines, repeating arms, air planes, and most ominously, the Atom. What novel and dangerous technologies will be unlocked in the next 100 years? And what will Humanity do when we are no longer constrained to the Earth itself? What happens when we have multiple homeworlds? And what dark and ancient impulses of man will surface when we get there?
A prologue to Homeworld Brayden sat down on the floor of the control room. He held the overload switch in one hand and a gun in the other. Outside the sealed doors he could hear the faint crackle of gunfire. The crisp, sharp pops of the Marine’s NATO carbines contrasting with the heavy, violent barksContinue reading “Stairway to Heaven”
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