Friday, January 5, 2018

the Future Ain't What it Used to Be

The United States is on the move again. For eight years we were told to forget about how things used to be. The good times were over; China was on an inevitable rise to global hegemony and we'd better get used to the fact that the US was declining. The prior administration told us the best we could do would be to manage the decline. The elites got theirs; too bad but you missed out. Then along came Donald Trump. The DJIA pushed convincingly beyond the 25,000 mark today. Consumer confidence as well as productivity are up – way up – even before the new administration crosses it's one year anniversary. People are once again nodding their heads in agreement that this country is exceptional. We can dream and do the impossible and we will thrive in the face of adversity. When we rise, the rest of the world follows us up.

With passage of the recent changes to tax law, tens of trillions of dollars that have been sitting off shore are coming home, to be accompanied immediately by unprecedented foreign investment in a proven winner. Take away the regulations that have been holding back investment and innovation and you have the fertile makings of an expansion of productivity the likes of which this country has not experienced in more than a generation. The path forward is being cleared for America to be Great Again.

There is a wave of change upon us. Donald Trump did not create this wave. Donald Trump was just in the right place at the right time to catch it, and Donald Trump is a very good surfer. The wave that is right now lifting high all boats in its wake is a transforming event that will irreversibly improve every aspect of human life as well as every institution on the planet. It is not just about the United States. We have arrived at the beginning of a time early in the Twenty First Century in which the pace of technological change is becoming so rapid, its impact so significant, that it will transform the very concepts we rely upon that give meaning to our lives.

The pace of change of our human-created technology is accelerating. The same elite that have been holding us back have been holding back technology that will soon be made available to the human population on a wide-scale basis. Behind this unleashing of technology and information is the same new guy in town who doesn't play by the old rules. He's got his and he wants you to get yours too. Among technologies that we have had going all the way back to the 1940's are zero-point energy technology that will free us from the strangling grip of the petro-chemical industry. We won't need fossil fuels or nuclear plants to power our world. Anti-gravity technology will transform far more than just the way we get from one place to another, both on earth and beyond. Disclosure of hyperspace physics will make quantum mechanics look like child's play. Science has been laboring under the wrong assumptions about the universe for a long time. Full disclosure about extra-terrestrial life and our furtive space program going back to before World War II will change everything.

Three overlapping revolutions in science – Genetics, Nanotechnology, and Robotics - will usher in a new human epoch on the earth. Known cures for virtually every disease already exist and have for quite some time. Disease need no longer be the reason we decline and die all too soon. No longer will we be held captive to the profit motives of big pharma. Our biology can already be reprogrammed to virtually eliminate disease, expand human potential, and dramatically extend life with what we have already learned.

The “N” revolution will enable us to redesign and rebuild, molecule by molecule, our bodies and brains as well as the world with which we interact, far exceeding the biological limitations we now live within. But it is the “R” revolution that may be the most powerful of all.  Robots with capabilities that far exceed our own are becoming the standard tools with which we manipulate the future. With robots there are no limits to the most powerful force in the universe – intelligence.

The wave we are only beginning to ride is all about our rapidly accelerating understanding within each of these three fields at this significant juncture of history. With the tide of funding that has been freed up with the recent tax legislation and an unleashing of technology we are about to see we are approaching a time that is already being termed the Soaring Twenties, a time very near of unprecedented growth and human expansion.

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