Why would we be fucked yet?
Well, look around! I give you a few reasons:
A superpower in possession of nuclear weapons with a maniac leader started a war lately.
Which had all the world's people having wet dreams about any kind of more weapons go very excited.
Trust me, you don't want to see headlines like Germany is supposedly building Europe's largest military. Because, well, last time it went so well...
Ok, that one is a joke! Luckily it's not like that anymore.
COVID-19 is still around, while not only having a huge death toll, producing long-term sickness and restricting our way of life as well as affecting mental health.
And then... There's climate change. This fucker – without a doubt – will make us, as a species with interplanetary ambitions and being relatively intelligent, hit the coffin. If we're not going to pivot anytime soon, that is!
Germany is running out of beer or at least bottles for said beverage.
This is bad! If there wasn't enough beer in Germany god knows what could happen!
Killing Marine Life
We're (well, our pollution) killing marine wildlife, especially plankton *.
Since plankton is one of the very roots in marine food chain this is awful in so many ways. With plankton missing, most maritime species are going to die. And so are we! * It's only one data point and most likely not as bad as they write! Still we should take more care of our ecosystems!
2022 brought large parts of the northern hemisphere another pretty plague... Europe, the US and China suffered (and are still suffering at the time of writing this) from the worst drought for 500 years. We didn't have real rain for about 8 weeks where I live which is very unusual.
Wood pellets used to create heat in special furnaces are supposed to be a bit more climate friendly since, in theory, they're using a renewable source.
Turns out (I know, you already guessed it) the technology leads to even more deforestation, because people don't regrow enough forests but just burn the old ones.
Oh my, we're soo good at this!
Carbon offset doesn't work. It's basically just useless sh**. Who could have thought that buying yourself a clear conscience wouldn't work. I wouldn't even be surprised if it all was mostly an elaborate scam.
Fun fact: It might not be the singularity that kills us. Turns out a bit less than dumb text and conversation generator is sufficient.
Why? Because those generators are very confident in what they're 'saying', even if it's utter nonsense. While, until now, we had to rely on windbags like Trump, now everyone can create truthful sounding lies without much effort. And hoping for people double (fact) checking what they read seems to be very optimistic to me.
Have I mentioned AI?
Ah, yes, so the military is running tests here as well.
And boy, they're doing great! I mean, this was a
simulation thought experiment, but it still shows how creative an AI could get to reach its target.
So might get to the killer AI, after all!
The author's take!