Facing up to CatastropheMy topic is the indeterminacy regarding the survival of humankind. With the advent of the atomic bomb, humankind became potentially the maker of its own demise.
In a recent stunning book, England's Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, who, incidentally, occupies Newton's chair at Cambridge University, forecasts that the odds are no better than fifty-fifty that humankind will survive to the end of the twenty-first century.
The title of the book is explicit, and the subtitle even more:
Our Final Hour. A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in this Century--on Earth and Beyond(2).
Sir Martin warns us: "Our increasingly interconnected world is vulnerable to new risks, 'bio' or 'cyber,' terror or error. The dangers from twenty-first century technology could be graver and more intractable than the threat of nuclear devastation that we faced for decades. And human-induced pressures on the global environment may engender higher risks than the age-old hazards of earthquakes, eruptions and asteroid impacts."
Sir Martin is by no means isolated in his warning. Already in 2000, someone who is anything but an irresponsible leftist, Bill Joy, one of the most brilliant American computer scientists, wrote a celebrated and much commented upon paper titled "Why the future doesn't need us. Our most powerful 21st-century technologies--robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech--are threatening to make humans an endangered species."(3)
Even if one is less pessimistic than those two major scientists, it remains true that our way of life is in the long run irremediably doomed. One would be hard-pressed to imagine how it could last more than another half-century. Many of us will no longer be here, but our children will. If we care about them, it is high time that we open our eyes to what awaits them. There are three main reasons for this prognosis.
Master Izi Commentary:
1. What Technical Errors (of the aircraft components/system failure) that lead to MH370 Boeing 777 (KL-Beijing) on Mac 2014 auto-fly so far away and crashed into the south Indian Ocean killing more than 300 people ?
2. What Human Errors (of Ukraine/separatists military conflict) that lead to firing of missile that destroyed Malaysian aircraft MH17(Amsterdam-KL) on 17 May 2014 ?
3. What Deliberate Anti-Terrorist Action/Policy that USA imposed on the world since 9/11 WTC twin towers destruction that enhanced its power, control, manipulation and deception...keeping the US Dollar paper-digital-debt-usurious system alive and dominating world economy/banking/finance ?
4. What is the annual Revenue/Profit of Microsoft , Apple , Google , JP Morgan and Exxon combined ?