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Computerizing the political process has put an end to campaign contributions, gerrymandering, and lobbists in favor of equality and sustainable resource management. Immune to the selfish, corruptible, and ideologically determined aspects of human nature, political decisions determined exclusively by machines have produced a truly objective government.
Tools that help legal, military, and social service professionals; relief workers; and journalists keep their communications anonymous have finally been perfected and democratized. Encrypted messages now regularly circle the globe in plain sight while keeping information private.
The arms race involving killer robots has finally come to a stalemate reminiscent of the Cold War. Not willing to risk human life when drones can be deployed instead, warring states now resort to statistical victories and other forms of deathless diplomacy.
|Communized Intellectual Property|
Information has always wanted to be free but was everywhere in chains. Dissolving intellectual property patents broke those shackles. New models of production and exchange have spawned in this era of shared knowledge, stimulating an explosion of collaborative innovation.
In an increasingly globally dispersed world, the family has evolved past bloodlines, normalizing what were once considered alternative lifestyles. Familial freedom allows individuals to customize their legal kin while retaining the economic and civil rights traditionally afforded to a family.
|Decentralized Sustainable Energy|
Advancements in batteries and domestic energy-harvesting technologies like solar, wind and geothermal have finally unseated the power of petroleum, both geopolitically and as a source of carbon pollution. The new energy landscape is increasingly fractured with peer-to-peer distribution of electricity from solar-rich regions to their neighbors.
As new pharmaceuticals increase focus and productivity have become as pervasive as those that alter moods and fight infections, attitudes towards narcotics have loosened. Drugs of all sorts have since been decriminalized, reforming the American prison industry and boosting general productivity and happiness.
|Fresh Water Democratization|
The days of fresh-water scarcity and rolling droughts are over. Whether in California or in the most remote fringes of inhabitable territories, new technologies of water purification have undone some of the inequities of climate change by bringing fresh water to all, from thirsty people to thirsty farms.
Ubiquitous and autonomous surveillance has introduced new forms of fingerprints. The rhythm with which you type, the way you walk, and the traces of DNA you leave on a wine glass at a restaurant can all be used to uniquely identify you. The ability to mask these signals from time to time grants you a vacation from continuous prying.
The days of slowly introducing children to potentially poisonous food like peanuts are over. Through genetic modification, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, wheat, and other edibles are engineered to grow without the proteins responsible for allergies. We have stopped fearing our food.
Colonies on Mars are a refuge from life on Earth. They serve as an ideal beta-test environment for everything from new forms of governance, economies, and belief systems to hazardous biotech experiments too dangerous to run on Earth.
Mass automation has reached well beyond routine labor to knowledge work, spawning legislation that restricts the deployment of technologies unless it can be shown it will not reduce employment numbers. Outlawing such innovations has secured the traditional place of labor as the bedrock of social class construction.
Traditional top-down policy creation by government officials has been replaced with direct, democratic engagement through networked tools. Legislation is now created, reformed, and managed in real time by the crowd as a way of finding natural consensus on issues that affect collective life.
Increases in predictability and the capacity to geoengineer localized weather events has tamed the tempestuous element of nature, enabling a new level of control over weather-dependent sustainable energy projects, travel, and sporting events.
The mass manufacturing of organic tissue has created high-performance replacement parts for human bodies inside and out, from organs and limbs to hair. Self-healing biological building blocks have expanded the resilience of large-scale infrastructure projects and extraterrestrial missions, allowing components to be grown on site rather than shipped from around the world or carried onboard.
Material innovation has produced an avalanche of paradigm shifts. A new generation of high-performance adhesives, fabrics, metals, and nanomaterials has resulted in previously unimaginable products that perform seemingly magical feats as part of daily life.
Humans no longer fight fires or organized crime, nor do we control airplane traffic or oversee nuclear reactors and rescue missions. A human life is finally too valuable to be risked. Software and hardware robots are now our primary security providers, allowing the risk inclined to take on even more harrowing feats while knowing they will not endanger others.
With the world’s knowledge already archived online, humanity has gone one step further by using memory augmentation to remove the burden of biological recollection. Moving personal memory to digital storage has freed us to focus on processing the present and enabled us to connect the memory of our individual experiences with that of historical societies and our contemporary peers.
The widespread use of neuropharmaceuticals that increase both focus and the ability to bond oneself to career and life goals like diplomas and diets; romantic relationships; and finishing a lengthy book, has led to increased empathy at a social scale. This newfound human compassion has resulted in a war on inequality and the regular relieving of debt obligations.
|Non-human Political Representation|
The proliferation of real-time data feeds from the natural world, of everything from animals and plants to glaciers and ocean currents, has turned formerly inarticulate entities into a symphony of new voices. Generations born into the era of climate change have incorporated nonhuman perspectives into new political systems that give the environment a vote.
|Perpetual Knowledge Beta|
Formal education has been transformed by lifelong learning enabled by the democratization of knowledge through online courses and other forms of on-demand skill acquisition. Continuous learning has replaced credentialing, removing traditional barriers to education and forcing universities to update their business models. Career paths have become less linear.
Medical treatment is more effective when it is patient specific. Standardized gene therapy, general vaccines, and antibiotics are a thing of the past for those who can afford to have customized medicine targeting their unique symptoms.
Taking humans out of the drivers seat on land and sea and in the air has optimized transport for energy use, safety, and speed. Beyond eradicating accidents and instigating mobile factories, restaurants, and spas, self-driving vehicles have also expanded personal mobility to those who cannot drive themselves, while revolutionizing, infrastructure, logistics, and regional travel.
Automation has made human labor unnecessary. The nineteenth- and twentieth-century techniques of organized labor have become obsolete, while voluntary self-employment based on individual interests has become the norm. New forms of unions not tethered to work have given the unworking classes political agency.
Supercharged photosynthesis, big-data farming, electric LED “pinkhouses” for high density farming, and underwater-biosphere agriculture have boosted crop yields, accommodating demand from growing populations. Tightly controlled ecologies and dynamic environmental-control systems have led to reliable output predictions, ensuring the nourishment of billions of people.
Since the normalization of fetal DNA editing, desirable appearances and abilities have become luxuries rather than lotteries. Personal genome patents now allow you to put a price on your best traits, keeping your blue eyes, swimmer’s body, strong chin, thick hair, and acne-proof skin to yourself, or capitalizing on them by selling to others.
Nations have lost their monopoly on sovereignty. Social networks and other platforms have swelled in influence and wealth beyond most countries and have begun to issue passports and other benefits of belonging that were once only offered by states. Divorced from birthright and patriotism, sovereign service providers now vie for our patronage.
Nanotechnology offers a new class of microscopic machines that engineer and monitor our health from within the body. Rather than rolling the dice and responding to issues as they arise, doctors are able to track patient progress and alter therapies remotely, revolutionizing disease prevention, testing, and treatment.
Technological mediation of a majority of experiences has placed a premium on human interaction. The service industry has migrated up the employment hierarchy; human touch is the ultimate luxury and providing it is now a lucrative endeavor.
Virtual reality has become indistinguishable from what used to be called, simply, reality. The consulting, entertainment, fitness, gaming, sex, and travel industries, among many others, are now regularly overturned by start-ups fueled by venture capitalists eager to disrupt physical presence.
Leaving naturally evolved bodies behind, humans have entered a new phase of hypersensitivity aided by networked prosthetics. Seeing in the dark, tasting new flavors, and long-distance hearing have spawned new cuisines, pastimes, and professions, and rewritten the rulebooks of major sports.
|Universal Basic Income|
Mass unemployment paired with never-before-experienced material surpluses generated by a computerized workforce has stripped welfare of pejorative associations. Regular payments to all citizens have become commonplace, equally distributing enough wealth for everyone to maintain an acceptable quality of life without having to work.
Autonomous labor machines driven by advancements in artificial intelligence have evolved beyond the need for human oversight. Workforce automation is not only more efficient, it also relieves us from toil while providing for greater material surpluses than had been achieved with human labor.
A universally accessible and secure registry for public data like bequeathments, birth records, censuses, insurance claims, patents, property ownership, marriage licenses, and tax returns has made corporate thievery, tax evasion, and the injustices of repressive political regimes clear for everyone to see.
The discovery of new biological, chemical, and physical processes that eliminate the material waste that used to overrun landfills, poison water sources, and clog up the oceans has fueled a sustainable plastic and Styrofoam renaissance. Once-wondrous material innovations that environmentalism vilified have returned to grace.
Data has become a de facto currency. The more data you share, the more deeply you embed yourself in the economy. No longer just services, but goods are now provided in exchange for personal data. Credit limits are increased across the board as everyone now has a source of revenue to tap at any time.