I managed to squeeze in another classic before the year ended and this time it was Aldous Huxleys dystopian vision in Brave New World.
This book brings my thoughts to raise of AI and the importance of setting the right goals for it (if we ever get to Artificial General Intelligence that is.). The path chosen for the society we are presented with in Brave New World choose happiness as the highest good through maximization of pleasure and avoidance of suffering.
What does this future looks like?
No one gets to grow old. every one belongs to everyone else and no mothers and fathers are available to traumatize childhoods. There are no spouses and children to feel strongly for.
And if all else fails… there is always SOMA. The pill that makes all anxiety go away (I.e alcohol without the hangover 😉).
Mantras of the Brave new world:
- “Civilization is sterilization”
- “Everyone belongs to everyone else”
- “The more stitches, the less riches”
💭 Thoughts 💭 :
Will we end up in a world more like the one in this book? As we spend more time living online worlds and in VR, the real world will become more foreign. No one creates online avatars that are old, deformed or disabled. Quite the opposite; we always create idealized versions of ourselves. Just look at your own Instagram page! 😉 Will old age be something we hide like we hide dead people nowadays. Will we be shocked when we see a real human face without a photo filter applied? 😨
Great book with philosophical undertones!
What’s your worries about the near future? 🤔
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