A word can be a very powerful thing. A word can change lifes, a word can destroy worlds, a word can lead us to other words, a word can make us stop breathing, a word can make us lively, a word can kill us. As you can see, each word is a very special thing. But I’m not here to talk about words, am I? No, I’m not, but I’m going to start with a word: time.
If you want, you may listen to this music (The Swings of Central Park by Alexandre Desplat) while reading:
Time is something interesting, isn’t it? What do we know about time? When did it begin? Yes, it’s a very strange question because the beginning of something implies time, and the start of time should be in some time. It’s a really strange concept and it maybe frustrating for the common mortal beings. We have brilliant physicists working on those theories.
But, still related with time, what does the common mortal know? Past, present, future. We only know the past, and we don’t know it entirely (scary, no?). The present, for me, is something complicated - I think it’s a mix of past and future because the present was the future and is the past.
Some time ago, a friend of mine told me about a very interesting YouTube channel, Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell. It has very funny, beautiful and amazing videos about science and all that stuff. When I was “zapping” throughout the channel, I found a video called What Is Life? Is Death Real? and, of course, I saw it. See it too:
I think that video is very scientific but also philosophical. It lead me to some interesting questions:
- Are we all dead or all alive?
- Is there something after death (if it exists)?
- Who are we?
I can’t answer none of those questions. I don’t have that power; do you?
Some days ago, I was talking with Matthew Carrozo, and we started talking about a very interesting and mind blowing subject: immortality. He just said he could see himself living for millennia as a regenerated synthetic human. It reminded me of a movie which came out this year: Ex Machina (I saw it and I recommend it too). Then we talked a little bit about it.
“I very much like that concept [wetware] and probably plays far more of a role in our future than people think. We won’t be hunky bits of metal but we’ll slowly replace ourselves, rather than worry about the transfer/copy problem. A mix of regenerating what we have and reinforcing it with the «artificial».” - Matthew Carrozo
I like this thought and I agree with it. But does that matter? I can agree, I can believe in it, but that doesn’t make it real. But I hope so. I don’t see myself living for millenia as Matt does, but I see a longer lifetime for my children, and then for their children, and so on.
Someday, I hope the immortality can be reached, or not. What can the humans do being immortal? Good things, but also very bad things. If we were immortal, Albert Einstein could be alive, Pitágoras too, helping the science. But if we lived forever, there would be a lot of problems:
- Earth would not be enough;
- If someone is immortal, what can we do with “villains”?
We still don’t know the future of the universe, or universes? There’s only one? There’s two? How many? Zero? Only one? What’s the universe? Who are we to change the planet? Who are we to do what we’re doing today? These are good questions I think, but now, I don’t want their answer. I’m not prepared for that.
If you were immortal you would see the end of the universe. And being part of it, it would be your end too. But if there were more universes, you would travel to another. We can’t predict the future with 100% sure. But I’m sure it will be possible, someday.
I may not see it, you may not see it, our children may not see it. But someday, someday it will be possible.
Go back a little bit. Do you see that image? That’s the image of Ava from Ex Machina. It’s an AI. Would you like to be like her? Would we be like her? I want your opinions, please comment. It would be a very nice discussion.
Is the future real? Does it exists? Who are we? What are we going to be? Time? Death. Is that real? What's the difference from life? Some interesting questions no one can answer.