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Someday, we may not exist. Really, you ask. I’ve been wondering. Let’s start with going to a website. Come on, you don’t really go there. Perhaps, you have 500 friends on Facebook. Have you met them? If not, you don’t know them. Do you have files you use on your computer? Do they actually exist? Can you touch them? If we are truly honest, much of what we have, do, use and exchange does not really exist.
Have you heard of the cloud. A real cloud can’t be touched. Up close, it does not really exist. Could that be true for the information that we are being encouraged to keep in the cloud. Quite the metaphor to think about. Even photos, in digital form, may be considered to not exist. My kids have very little physical things compared to me at their age. They carry a couple of devices that provide access to everything. All they need is a few clothes and food, and that I contend, is simply because they still have a physical body.
As we migrate ourselves on to the Internet—and one could ask if the Internet actually exist—we might find the need for a physical body no longer exists. After all, the Internet, a web (another metaphor), has been collecting all kinds of information about us and, thus, learning about us, for going on decades. Experts are working hard to develop machines with artificial intelligence. Could machines become so smart that they exceed the abilities of humans? Would machines then find that we are unnecessary, or would they use us in some way, as we are using machines now?
Here are a couple big questions. Is technology taking away our need to physically exist? I commented about some of these ideas in my article post A Byte of the Apple. Stay tuned for a new series of writings called Artificial Turf. Remember, there is a day of judgement and reckoning coming one day. Where will you be? Where will you end up?