Given the ability to project yourself into the future but not return, would you do so? If not, would you change your mind if you could take someone along? How far would you go?
Uh… we’re all doing that. It’s called life. Tomorrow is the future and once we get there we sure can’t go back. But really…
Look, the idea of going into the future is intriguing. I think it would be fun to be able to explore the unknown like that. But that’s the thing… there are just too many unpredictable unknowns. To be unable to return? To be stuck in a future world that could be an apocalyptic wasteland? Or could be overrun by artificially intelligent machines that would just plug me into their power plant as soon as they got the chance? Or could be populated by talking chimpanzees and gorillas? No, thank you.
And I wouldn’t change my mind if I could take someone with me. Because then I’m condemning that person to the same potential futuristic nightmare that I’ve subjected myself to. I won’t be plugged into the Matrix with that weighing on my conscience.
But what about you? Would you take a one way trip into the future? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.