It is 4 PM. The bulls are supposed to be on their way, according to the few mentions on websites and the stories of my students. I have been here since 2:30 PM, as it is my habit to seriously overcompensate when attending basically any event. However, this is the Middle East, where they say inshallah in connection with time and attendance. “God willing,” the bulls will arrive at 4 PM.
‘So this is how it ends,’ he thought as two large soldiers lifted him from behind and pushed him against the door of the transport ship. ‘How did it come to this? And so quickly?’
I will awake as the sun rises just high enough to shine through my bedroom window and warm my face. The timer I have set to match the sunrise and automatically update with the changing seconds of every day will have raised my blinds automatically. I will head straight to the shower that has also been turned on automatically and is at the perfect temperature for me. My coffee will be waiting for me, and my juicer has already squeezed the nutrients from my fruits and vegetables. All I need to do is dress myself, sit down at the table, and choose what to read while I start my day.
With more and more of our attention being drawn towards discussions on the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), everyone is knocking on the doors of our pre-eminent physicists and tech experts (techsperts), and the internet is being scoured for quotes to support one camp or the other. When asked about AI, Elon Musk said that he thinks we “should be very careful… If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that.” Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking agree with Musk, while Neil deGrasse Tyson expresses equal concern, but adds that “as long as we don’t program emotions into robots, there’s no reason to fear them taking over the world.”
In Liu Cixin’s novella, The Wandering Earth, hope is a viscous substance clinging rather tenaciously to the remnants of humanity. At times, it seems as if this is the only theme running an even course throughout the story; however, tucked beneath the surface and erupting later in the story is another powerful theme that speaks to many of our problems today: a distrust of scientists.
“I’m telling you, they’re acting weird. They know,” Mrs. Smith finished placing the dishes into the dishwasher, closed the door, and allowed the computer sensors to take over.