Humanity’s future hangs in the balance. It is a future that is—as has been true of almost our entire existence—inextricably bound with our seemingly limitless capacity for technological innovation. This capacity may end up saving us, or it may end up damming us. Our cultures are filled with stories that envisage both potential outcomes—from Iain M. Banks’ ‘Culture’ novels to the Terminator mythos.
Horrible robot-run dystopia or idyllic tech-enabled paradise—whichever future you happen to feel has more chance of coming true will likely depend on your personal beliefs.
But today, let us all join hands and dare to glimpse a happy vision of the future—a vision embodied by this video of a little girl mistaking a broken water heater for a robot and lovingly welcoming him into her affections: