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Do you embrace or fear the future?

Have you ever thought about the fact that you can edit guest comments as well as your previous posts? I can have an about page stating that I am a photographer, traveller and blogger, get a few lovely comments of support and change it to say I am an ivory poaching, terrorist-sympathising baby eater.

The post would have completely changed but the comments will still say ‘Love this’! And ‘I really like your perspective!’. It is pretty comical.

And just to make the comments even more convincing, we can change that kind messages of support to ‘I love this idea! I hate elephants too!’, really convincing the reader that you truly are an animal hating baby eater.

The internet is a scary place, especially as technology increases and it is harder to decipher what is real and what isn’t. Take a look at this video, courtesy of Barrack Obama. Apparently…

How hard will it be in the upcoming decades to know what is real and what is fake? I guess we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it.


The image above is from the music video for Pressure, a new song by Muse. The album is called Simulation Theory and is themed around this topic. I thought this clip from the video fit in well with the post, and I need to get Muse into a post every once in a while.

Matt, I know your ears are burning.
What do you think? Does the future scare you or fill you with excitement?

 


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  1. I can’t help but think about Star Wars: Rogue One in this context. Princess Leia in that looked too much like a 20 something Carrie Fisher and what really got me is that the movie brought Peter Cushing back from the dead just to reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin.

    Imagine, if you will, “found” video footage of Stanley Kubrick admitting to faking the moon landing.

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    • Now please forgive me, but I have only seen a handful of Star Wars movies… I have a best friend that hates this about me xD

      And I can only imagine what it would be like if a conspiracy of that magnitude was exposed and out in the open…

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      • Ahh, ok. Maybe I should explain a bit more on this. Actor Peter Cushing, who played an evil character in Stars Wars in 1977, has been dead since 1994.

        On Star Wars: Rogue One, the filmmakers somehow found a way to use his likeness so realistically it’s as if he was still alive to act in that movie. It creeped me out, to be honest.

        So I can imagine in the future, filmmaker can manipulate a celebrity’s likeness or image to doing whatever the filmmaker wants the audience to see.

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      • Ah okay, yes I definitely see this happening more often.

        I didn’t see the whole movie, but I saw the end to one of the Fast and the Furious movies and they used Paul Walker through CGI despite him sadly dying before the movie was completed. If this is now, the technology will only get better.

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  2. Haha, currently with midterms spicing up my calendar for the next two weeks with big, red, nearly unspaced blobs, the future doesn’t look all that good! 😦
    Really though, it amazes what we can do today with technology (given I’m now a computer science student, I’m seeing it more often than ever!). We may not have a ‘thinking’ machine yet, but we have machines that can store so much information on you and algorithms to take care of the elimination processes, that they really don’t need to think—they can simply draw up your entire fact file from their databases and whatnot.
    But what I’m really excited for is evolving hardware: in a few decades, people may not recognise devices from today, they’d have stuff that’s infinitely cooler and more powerful, and that opens up all those exciting possibilities that were confined to science fiction—we could rule space and time (or perhaps, speaking like a more practical physicist, understand them), explore the stars, make the earth a smaller place along the way too!

    (I’m sorry that was so long! I’m just wrapping my head around some pretty cool theoretical physics concepts, and to summarise, the only thing preventing us from travelling back in time is the fact that we don’t have enough energy on the whole planet to accelerate stuff to speeds high enough to make that (theoretically) possible. I do think software and hardware advance each other, so in that regard, I’m definitely excited!)

    Spoiler: we wouldn’t survive that high an acceleration though, sadly, unless someone comes up with a workaround there… who knows?!

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    • This is the kind of comment that fills me with excitement! I cannot wait to see what technology has in store for us in the near and distant future.

      I bet studying computer science gives you a great insight to new things. Maybe the very, very near future isn’t that rosie with midterms but it will be even more rosie when they’re done!

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  3. When I poach ivory, I like to blind any nearby baby elephants, just so they don’t identify me in the afterlife. And, if you think that’s cruel, then call me “Mr. Cruel”…

    That’s what the elephants call me…

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  4. I embrace my personal future and fear the world’s future and it’s possible impact on me embracing my personal future. Knowing how many people will inhabit the Earth in the next 20, 30, etc years is terrifying particularly when you add climate change into the mix. Already countries like Bangledash are seeing climate migrants as the southern portion is too flooded to live in anymore and they move to the northern part. There are countries that are already struggling to divide resources among so many and if those many start to migrate to other countries because they no longer have a home then it’s an even crazier mess. I’m glad I don’t have children and often wonder if my friends who do even think about what is to come.

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    • Hopefully, with companies such as SpaceX, we may be able to colonise other planets in the upcoming decades. Also, with an increase in technology, we will be able to make more areas of earth livable. The problem with population isn’t that we are overpopulated, but we are all squashed into the same areas! There is a fact I heard that was if every single person in the world stood next to one another, they would only take up the state of California. And that is with room to move. So for me, I am relying on technology to ease the pressure of overpopulation of certain areas 🙂

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  5. While I usually embrace new technology and generally have no fear of the future, the current administration and political climate of divisiveness does give me pause. When truth isn’t truth, and facts are alternative…. I fear we’re spiraling down the rabbit hole.

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    • Who is in charge when these technologies are available is certainly something to worry about. The technology is only useful if utilised in the right way, or even used at all I guess!

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  6. Sometimes if I watch the news the future scares the shit out of me so, simply, I don’t watch the news anymore. Instead I’ll embrace the future. Technology’s pretty amazing but it’s all about managing it, not letting it rule us. Cheers Sam

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    • Spam is like this, I often find emails disguised as companies that I used are always filled with spelling errors. I guess we should appreciate the red flags, a very nice thing for them to do :p

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