A lot will change in the coming years. Things that now seem self-evident, such as work, or even our being as human beings, will soon no longer be. How do you best survive the future?
Exponentially increasing speed of change
Computers are doubling in computing power per dollar, or per square centimeter of chip area, every two years, a derivative of Moore's well-known Law. The result is that the agree so lumbering monsters, which flashed the lights all over the city when they were turned on, are now so small that they fit in a bank card. And this trend is still continuing. As a result, computers are spreading everywhere and many things, which at first glance have nothing to do with computers, from house heaters to refrigerators, be swallowed up by it. An increasing part of our lives consists of computers, or things that are controlled by computers. As a result, faster computers have a direct impact on our lives. The ENIAC only made the lights blink, but increasingly smaller and more powerful computers are already changing our lives down to the nanoscale. Where before there was only matter, now comes spirit. About us, on us and even in us, in the form of nanorobots and nanosensors.
Our soul as a human being
Time to revive a dusty theological concept. What makes up the essence of us, and according to the great world religions will survive beyond death, is ours soul. What makes us who we are and what makes us unique? How do we fulfill our being, and will the computer mind pervading us take over, overwhelm us, as many people fear, or make us more human and realize our potential, as Kurzweil and his followers think? The answer is: we essentially determine that ourselves. We can choose which technology we surround ourselves with and what to do with it. In days gone by we could buy a television with a blissfully numbing feeling, an expensive car with which the neighbors' eyes could be gnashed with envy, or a piano with which we can transform our feelings into music. So in the future we, each of us, can choose to let technology bring us into a blissful state, so that we turn into a plant, choose battle and war, or grow and develop.
Grow and develop
Our choices make us, and who we are and what we experience determines what we choose. In the future, in a world where we are surrounded by countless obedient computers and robots, this will become an even more important truth. An attitude of openness and optimism is appropriate for this. The future will not be a utopia. The dangers and unpleasant traits of human nature are too great for that. Yet the good will prevail, especially if we choose the good, for the power of life, development and growth. Our future is what we make of it, and if we believe that the future will be better than the present, and act accordingly, then the future will be.