EF49 (S2-E10): The Domino Effect: The Momentum of an Unstoppable Future

The Domino Effect: The Momentum of an Unstoppable Future

EF49 (S2-E10): The Domino Effect: The Momentum of an Unstoppable Future

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Humanity’s relationship to the future is like falling dominoes, where the momentum of the present surges forward to create what’s next. But since our actions enact this cause-effect chain, does this mean the future is knowable? Or do humans not even matter in this cosmic cycle? More...

The big question driving episode EF49 is … Is the future unknowable? And do humans even matter?

In the year 2045, a physicist named Sam Payne is creating increasingly large black holes on demand using an advanced particle accelerator. At the end of a 30-yr quest to understand the nature of reality and our existence, she is convinced the answer lies on the other side of these dark portals. As she rips through the fabric of space-time of her world, confidence in her plan crumbles as everything she — and the rest of humanity — holds dear edges towards the abyss. Will she meet her maker? And how far is too far in search of the truth?

Although the distant future is unknowable, we try to predict, or rather, create, how the future will look. Unlike philosophical theories that deal with the present and the past, futurism benefits far less from current or previous knowledge. A small, influential, tech-obsessed class is focusing the evolutionary trajectory of humanity towards an artificial intelligence-based, transhuman existence. But will this solve our problems and lead to a superior existence, or just exacerbate and reframe our issues into a more high-tech box? And does our obsession of what’s to come blind us of the point of being alive — and being human — in the present?

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to Ray Kurzweil. See the EF49 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more. 

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