Posts tagged future
Is College Worth it?

The decision to leave for college is exciting, empowering, and, for most, an ill-timed, giant waste of money. We live in an age where information is free and limitlessly abundant, yet we’re governed by education systems created in a bygone era. The predominant post-secondary educational model conditioned into society as the only path for “successful” youth, is a deeply flawed model ripe with possibilities for improvement. What we need is a different approach to self-development after high-school- one that objectively analyzes the possible options. The college route must be knocked from its deified status to be one of many possible paths for career success and one that might likely be enjoyed better in the mid to late 20’s.

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John Henry, Automation, and the Future of Human Usefulness

Yuval Noah Harari’s book, Homo Deus, predicts that a world could emerge where even our choices are relegated to technology. Body monitors tracking physical reactions and lifetime patterns may be better than our own minds for deciding marital partners and every other conceivable choice. Harari notes that the common robo-future dystopia of machines becoming self-aware and deciding to eradicate humanity is the far less likely and less scary option. More likely, the technology will work perfectly, freeing us from any inconvenience such as living life.

Humans are not fulfilled by gifts and creature comforts. These enhance life’s immense richness, but few lessons are better documented than the terrible angst and dissatisfaction that follows hedonistic orgies of consumption. Rather, humans need a sense of competency and connection to thrive. People need to feel authentic and a part of something greater than themselves where they offer essential contribution.

Automation can offer free time to feed our better nature, or mindless distraction to enslave us to a need for evermore mindless consumption. Technology can work with us to empower what is beautiful about humanity, or cause us to lose it all together. Culture is our power. Art is our power. Humanity is more than any mechanization. Adversity and problems are what give life meaning. We are not at a loss for major problems- we’re at a loss for the inclination to act.

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