Like most of my blog posts, this one is following a chat with a friend about the way we have changed over a relatively short period of time.
When you think about it, the way we live has changed drastically over the last couple of hundred years. My generation is the first to grow up with computers, and our younger generations are the first to grow up with smart phones, social media and 24/7 connectedness.
But is this better? I feel like we are going to reach a defining moment in the next 10-15 years...maybe sooner.
My prediction (and I'm sure I'm not alone here) is that there will be a group of humans who are constantly seeking innovation - constant advances in technology, moving into AI/AR, creating the real life 'Jetsons', scientific break throughs etc. Then on the other side there will be the people who will resist this - those who want to go back to a simpler way of life, the land and real face to face connection.
We are already starting to see the effects of the way we live life now - particularly on the environment as we face the reality that Earth can not sustain the way we live, and our future generations may not exist because of this. Rather than looking for other planets that we can move to and no doubt end up ruining as well, why don't we look at the way we exist and our constant drive for more, bigger, better, etc.
We are really starting to see the long term effects of the things we have created - more processed food, less nutrients in our soil, technology always in our pocket, social media and 24/7 connection, constant comparison, the portrayal and perception of 'perfect' lives.
A friend was telling me recently about a Netflix series, Un-Natural Selection, where scientists and bio-hackers are able to edit genes in animals and humans to 'cure'. This can be used to eradicate disease, select a child's traits and hack our biology to improve our performance. But where is the line for this sort of evolution, and who decides where that line is?
I think that as amazing as some of these advances are to help cure previously incurable diseases and illness, should we really be messy with nature? And how far do we go?