I see a future of a brain wired to the Internet
I imagine closing my eyes at night and shuffling thru
my memories and memories of a million other people
riding the ups and downs of humanity
all from the comfort of my head
Information will be instantaneous and when you walk
into schools of the future, it will appear the children are
all napping. When traveling, you’ll get into your self-driving car
close your eyes, check your email, and then you’ll have arrived.
Instead of people playing on their phones in restaurants
they’ll be sitting with closed eyes, slumped over their
hot, steaming food. Soldiers will guide robots
on the battlefield, and the real fight will be
delivering high-speed bandwidth to Afghanistan.
The elderly, we’ll hook them up to live
vicariously thru children and grandchildren,
seeing the world thru their eyes experiencing
a first kiss
an angry boss
the birth of a child
…as though for the first time.
We’ll live on and on thru the eyes of others until one day
without our realizing
our pulse stops and our eyes stay closed.
It’s easy to make this sound like dystopia (maybe it is?)
But part of me feels like this future is nearer than we realize
part of me feels like it isn’t bad to feel so connected
we’ll be alone, but at least
we’ll be in good company.