Visions of Armageddon

No, it’s not Armageddon. I was just musing to myself, how is the world and the human race, likely to end.

Post-WW2, many have envisioned that a thermo-nuclear war between nations would wipe us out. That’s merely a product of the nationalised thinking of the time and we’ve come to regard that as less and less of a possibility today.

Some have also imagined that humans would end up creating a race of robots who would rise up against us, enslave us and ultimately wipe us out. That’s behind such blockbusters as The Matrix, Terminator, I-Robot, etc.

More recently, some have imagined that we would end up creating a mutagen or super virus in our labs, that when let lose, would eventually wipe out the human race. Whatever’s left behind would not have enough viable genetic material to continue on. Lots of disaster films here too.

However, I thought to myself today, that neither of these possibilities are going to be likely in the future. I think that our end would be ensured when we have war, not fought by humans but by our creations. As a result of this war, we humans would be collateral damage and would get wiped out.

Why do I think so?

No specific reason except that I think that the human race, as a whole, is dumb. We are not smart enough to actively engineer activity that will bring about Armageddon. Armageddon is likely to be an unintended by-product of our inaction.

So, that leaves someone or something else as the catalyst for Armageddon. Why not our creations?

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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