I don't agree, pretend that we were made by another species for a sec. Then think of all the shit we don't know, dark areas. Just suppose we were designed not to go into these forbidden zones in the 1st place.
He's just jealous. But potentially correct. There's a great book called 'Our Final Century' by Martin Rees (a respected academic, not a conspiracist of any sort) that makes a very cogent argument for the same outcome. Along the same lines. It's all quite believable. But then again, anyone could have written the same sort of book hundreds of years ago when things looked darker still... and here we are. Smoking weed. Writing to strangers. On the internet. Big up humans! We'll be alright! They're just might not be so many of us one day...
The article says we need to get the ball rolling in 100 years as shits going to get real anywhere from 1000-10,000 years. I can really only worry about the world my kids and grand kids are going to Inherit. They are going to have to figure it out from there. Plus the current world is anxiety inducing enough for the average person and I can only do so much so I’ll leave it to the egg heads to agree on the next steps to mitigate disaster that far in the future. Who does Hawking think he is anyway, Nostradamus? Now where’s my indica?
Peter Thiel is the shit bag responsible for PrayPal. Trans-humanism as in symbiosis between man and machine is years and years away, current interfaces are painfully slow hence not even anywhere near transfer speeds that perform realtime tasks. So the creation of super humans that control the earth in some right wing dictatorial utopia will be superseded by massive economical changes, a shift in power from centralised to peer to peer and a complete overhaul of anything concerning taxation and renumeration.
Cryptocurrencies are gradually eating the foundations of the fractional banking system. The higher their price, the faster this process will continue. Once both reach par in annual turnover prices of crypto will be 100 or even 1000 times what they value today and the whole system will collapse, due to underfunding.
For sure there will be various attempts to curb it but they will all be useless. No regulative process outpaces technological advancement.
During this transformation a lot of wealth will be redistributed. It will be a time where ones (old fractional) assets will devaluate and/or disappear due to liquidity problems in the companies that house or manage them.
Ultimately societies will turn against their rulers as they fail to govern due to massive financial losses and historical debt.
There will be a new French Revolution leading to a society where freedom, equality and brotherhood, a maze of peer to peer transactions will replace the feudal and neo feudal power structures that inherited their wealth from their predecessors that stole it, corrupted it or took it by force.
Having had a good idea once or being an early bird with some service does not make one more intelligible or superior in whatever way. Hopefully anyone working for Peter will some day push that button.
As every 'revolution', the initial ideas were noble but then politics happened and a new pyramid appeared. New packaging, same shit. From feudalism to neo feudalism to hybrid of both.
Liberty = conditional Freedom = conditional Equality = conditional
De Montesquieu wouldn't be happy either as the implementation of the trias politica is a sham. Judges are appointed by politicians. Politicians make new legislation. A mayor is the head of the police yet also a politician.
That's a lot of politician and a particracy instead of real democracy but panem et circenses and the fact that whoever controls the media, is the mind, worked out very well. New technology however, is very incompatible with the current 'system'. It does not care about borders, it does not care about laws, it does not require an ID or nationality. We have reached the point in technological evolution that voids any sort of attempt to 'control' all flows of transactions and communication.
Whatever sort of society that is hierarchical ... left, right, center... it does not even matter, is prone to corruption and doomed to fail. Look at Europe, the empires all crumbled to nations that further crumbled due to nationalism or which are in the process to further divide. (Spain, Yugoslavia, Belgium, ...).
I believe that a society should be stateless. That does not mean that I'm against nationalism. What I'm saying is that there are other ways then nation states that stick up their nose in whatever you do.
So let's see where this all ends, ideas can't be destroyed, it takes 1 person to start an new technologic revolution 'overnight'.