I am an optimist. I really am. I think we have a good future ahead of us.
But there are threats that are very real, and most people aren’t even aware that many of these issues exist. I think it’s important to be aware of these threats so we can be prepared and educate others.
So here are the biggest threats that I see to the human race in the near future (not in any order)…
FIRST, MILITARIZED ROBOTIC WEAPONS.
Remember Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator? It was a very bleak view of the future of military. Now look at this robot that ALREADY EXISTS. Not only does it exist, but if this is what they are showing us, what actually exists is much more advanced. And yes, Boston Dynamics is funded by the US Military.
Have a look at these robots. It doesn’t take much imagination to see a highly effective and very deadly robot army within ten years, if they don’t have it already.
But here’s a different and even more frightening look at militarizing robots. Note that this is a fictional video, but it was created by leaders in the tech field and at top tech universities to warn us about how the tech THAT WE ALREADY POSSESS could be used to terrorize the world.
SECOND, SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY.
You’ve heard of 3D Printing, right? This is a new manufacturing process in which 3D Printers can print plastic or metal devices in three-dimensions. You can create anything from an action figure doll to a working gun. But very soon we will have devices that can basically create and modify DNA, or in other words, create lifeforms.
What is the simplest form of life? Viruses, including the smallpox or ebola virus. The genetic “map” of a virus is very simple, and can be simply stored on a computer as a file. This means that if you have the right machine, and if you download the file for smallpox, you could actually print the smallpox virus.
Soon the technology to do this will be quite inexpensive. So, how do we keep terrorists or crazy people from simply printing deadly diseases, or even modifying a smallpox virus with an Ebola virus? Once the genie is out of the bottle, how do we put it back in?
To learn more about this, please listen to this podcast episode.
THIRD, A LONG-TERM MASSIVE BLACKOUT.
One of the most dangerous things that could happen to us is a massive, long-term blackout. The fact is, every single aspect of our society depends upon our electric grid. We couldn’t get food, water, transportation, medicines, medical help or help in any way. This would be a very deadly issue.
According to an article in Power, “Johnson, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, posed questions to witnesses testifying on Capitol Hill before his committee. He asked R. James Woolsley, chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, what would happen to society if the electrical grid were to be down for an extended period of time, such as a year or two, following an EMP event?
Woolsley responded, “It’s briefly dealt with in the commission report of . There are essentially two estimates on how many people would die from hunger, from starvation, from lack of water, and from social disruption. One estimate is that within a year or so, two-thirds of the United States population would die. The other estimate is that within a year or so, 90% of the U.S. population would die. We’re talking about total devastation. We’re not talking about just a regular catastrophe.”
So how would it happen? Our system is completely vulnerable to hacking, an EMP or from a massive solar storm from the Sun. The latter is not only a serious risk, but it’s guaranteed to happen at some point. It has happened to us before, and it will happen again. The only question is when.
Here’s a short video about this subject…
And here is a more extensive interview with Ted Koppel…
It’s been a long time since America has been involved in a real war that is an actual threat to our existence. Instead, the primary battlefield for the past many decades has been economic, which is still brutal but it’s hidden from view.
But the world is in a very jittery place right now. It seems like there are a lot of rubber bands stretched to the limit, and any one of these rubber bands could snap, throwing us into a real war.
Regardless of what you feel about the trade tariffs, for example, it is potentially very dangerous because if China’s economy were to crash, this could precipitate a war. An economic crash scares leaders, because people naturally look for someone to blame, and leaders don’t want the blame falling on them so they project it onto another country. And we can’t take it for granted that we would automatically win such a war. China is very dangerous.
Here’s a perspective on how the trade war could turn into a real war from an economist and historian that I truly respect.
FIFTH, A.I., BIG TECH AND THE SURVEILLANCE STATE.
This fifth point won’t be the end of humanity, but it could be the end of a life worth living. What it comes down to is that big tech has the ability to track everything that you do or say. They know everything about you, and while this data has not been overly used to squash out freedoms or control you yet, the potential is certainly there.
This technology is being developed for use in China, because they have no qualms about implementing an absolute surveillance State to control its citizens. They do not respect or value personal freedom in China. When you dig into this, the amount of control that is possible today from technology is astounding. Pl
But which companies are developing the technology that China is using to control people? It’s big tech. Google. Amazon. Uber and many more.
But this couldn’t happen in the USA, could it? Actually, it’s already happening. Watch this…
Also, this one…
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