I remember the days when we had only a handful of TV channels to watch, on a black and white tube, mind you — that’s all there was at the time. We had only a smattering of network channels, no cable, and no Internet. When I wanted to speak to someone I had to go see that person. Or at the very least, write them a letter. The world has changed so much since then, I hardly recognize it anymore.
If the world is like this now, what will it be like 100,000 years from now? Will mankind continue to thrive as the dominant species, making even more spectacular technological advances? Or will we be extinct, like dinosaurs?
Progression in technology continues to soar. There’s plastic surgery to correct physical distortions and stem cell research to reverse the aging process. There’s a drug for practically every ailment (no need to fear going to the dentist anymore) and a computer application for nearly every task.
Though we may wonder what the future will be like in X number of years, we often don’t consider that humans might not even be here. We’ve become so in awe of what we have accomplished, we believe there’s no stopping us and that the human race will be here forever.
But the possibility of extinction remains: floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts, extreme heat, tsunamis, plagues, hurricanes, and maybe even a zombie apocalypse, Yep, a zombie apocalypse. All it takes is one bacterium/virus strain to evolve, and before you know it, we’re all infected.
In the end, we’re humans. We’re not invincible.
It’s clear that the world is — and has always been — changing. I don’t have all the answers, but I believe that in 100,000 years from now, we might still be here…or we might not.