Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I need a drink.

Of course, it doesn't help that others do alot of the thinking for me and have the time to put together lists like this:


  1. Climate change. Needs no explanation, I assume. (I would like one, actually.)
  2. Robots. Explanation here. Even Paul Krugman is tentatively on board now.
  3. Immortality. Laugh if you want, but it's hardly impossible that sometime in the medium-term future we'll see biomedical breakthroughs that make humans extremely long-lived. What happens then? Who gets the magic treatments? How do we support a population that grows forever? How does an economy of immortals work, anyway?
  4. Bioweapons. We don't talk about this a whole lot these days, but it's still possible—maybe even likely—that extraordinarily lethal viruses will be fairly easily manufacturable within a couple of decades. If this happens before we figure out how to make extraordinarily effective vaccines and antidotes, this could spell trouble in ways obvious enough to need no explanation.
  5. Energy. All the robots in the world won't do any good if we don't have enough energy to keep them running. And fossil fuels will run out eventually, fracking or not. However, I put this one fifth out of five because we already have pretty good technology for renewable energy, and it's mainly an engineering problem to build it out on a mass scale. Plus you never know. Fusion might become a reality someday.
So I guess I need to worry about an arid, relentlessly hot and oxygen-depleted environment where robots who don't mind the heat and don't breathe and, by the way, are already kind of immortal after a fashion, are wielding deadly viruses (which would negate immortality for us, don't you think?) for as long as they have sufficient energy to destroy the planet.

Oh, goodie.

The bright spot in all the news today is that drinking makes you live longer. So if I have to see this future, at least it will be with a Senor Playboy in my hand.


 A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.
 So I'm good. Really good. I have the consistent part down, anyway. I will live to see immortal deadly robots burning under an angry sun.

That thought alone would make me drink, if I didn't already.


  1. About these immortal death-bots? They work on some kind of real-world logic right? That sounds pretty good.

    In that case...
    I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

  2. Ha, RG! I agree. If the robot minds at least operate under real-world logic, it'd be a huge improvement over our current overlords.

    Buttercup, I'm with you on the thinking too much and worrying and then drinking. I'm having a real bad bout of that lately (the thinking and worrying - the drinking part is the good part). Everything just seems so...depressing. I'm not sure why. All I know is it started right around the first Tuesday in November.

  3. HAHAHAHA! you guys! Those robotic overlords might be kind of like Transformers. That would be awesome.

    Rachel, I hit a real down period for a good while...and then decided to throw myself into doing things I really loved, just like you getting Primo! You have to just take a deep breath (have a drink! yeh!) and get on with stuff. I have believed for most of my life that people don't really want to be free, it's too risky. They WANT to be free of consequences, which mean SAFE. They vote for security every time, NOT freedom. We were GIVEN freedom, no one ever voted for it. And we have been bargaining it away ever since.

    Shit. But there it is. Now I'm depressed again.....HAHAHAHA!

  4. I don't know if it's my computer screen, your font, or my glasses, or some combination of the threee, but I was trying to figure out why people were worried about BLOW-WEAPONS, and then what viruses had to do with blowguns, maybe to put on the tips of the darts, and then I realized that the "L" was actually an "I" and that there was only one "W".

    And no, sadly, I haven't been drinking recently. Though last Wednesday evening I found what I think is the one bar in the entire town which carries Campari.

    1. I'm with you, Gryffon. I was wondering what BLOWEAPONS were, also. Then I got closer to the screen and saw the L was an I. My eyes get much worse, they'll have to make computer screens and rifle scopes braille capable.

  5. Yeah, I was thinking that ordinary window screens were sufficient defense for THOSE weapons ...