A science fiction vision of Garry Kasparov’s future
It is October 10, 2067, at the Eco-Mobility World Festival in the Hamahsing Railway Cultural Park, in Kaohsiung. A forum is held to talk about advances over the past 50 years since May, 2017, when chess grand master Garry Kasparov published his book “Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins” following his loss to IBM’s Deep Blue in a chess rematch.
Our two fictional futurists Art and Sage are present at the forum. They engage in conversation.
Art: I still remember when Taipei launched its unmanned electric minibus system in August, 2017, and Kaohsiung launched its unmanned electric minibus system in October, 2017. They operated along dedicated bus lanes at maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour, carrying 12 passengers. Unmanned electric minibus systems in Singapore, Australia, Leon, France, and Switzerland have now expanded their systems citywide and are no longer restricted within enclosed areas such as between airport parking lots and airline terminals, school campuses and hospital grounds. Both Taipei and Kaohsiung use versions of the EZ10 manufactured by France’s Easymile and Taiwan’s 7Starlake.
Sage: Privet. Yes, and China began production of natural gas from flammable ice in the South China Sea in 2017. Germany has gotten rid of diesel fueled vehicles in 2030.
Art: And now, all city buses in Taipei and Kaohsiung are driver-less. All amputations, heart and valve surgeries, cancer treatments are being performed by intelligent medical robots. Deep sea oil drilling and oil production, shale oil extraction and production, as well as extraction and production of natural gas from flammable ice, are all being performed by intelligent machinery. Manufacturing of automobiles, now all electric, are done by robots.
Sage: So what’s the theme of this Eco-Mobility World Festival 2067?
Art: Environmental pollution, climate change, and cleanup of ocean pollution.
Sage: There is still a serious problem with severe greenhouse gas pollution. The ozone layer has thinned. Outdoor temperature has risen. The outdoor environment is now unfit for human activity. People spend all of their lives indoors in indoor climate controlled environments. Outdoor activity is risky and dangerous. Garbage collection, household trash collection and treatment, gutter and sewage cleaning, street sweeping, are all done by machines.
Art: Because of serious ocean pollution, all marine life have been severely contaminated, and all aquatic food products are now farm raised in fish farms, shrimp farms, and shark farms providing shark meat, and restaurants are now serving shark steaks. Whale hunting has been banned worldwide in 2067.
Sage: Yes, whale hunting persisted until governments passed strict laws banning the use of all animal based oils. All foods are raised and grown in indoor farms. Organic foods are also grown indoors. With indoor farming, pests and insects that ravage outdoor farming have been almost eliminated. Genetically altered foods are no longer needed. All food staples are produced indoors.
Art: Yes, soil and agricultural land throughout the world have been so polluted by 2057 that crops have failed. Crop failures worldwide have prompted the surge in indoor farming. The people of poorer states who still have to rely on natural outdoor farming and polluted outdoor water sources wage wars against the wealthier and more mechanized societies for control of resources and water.
Sage: In 2057, many states have finally realized the importance of desalination of sea water. Desalination plants now dot the coastlines of many states.
Art: Wars are now fought over control of such facilities. And wars are fought by unmanned drones, naval ships are unmanned, and soldiers are robots. And since all people live indoors, peripheral damage to human life is cut to a minimum. Precision strikes against leaders are conducted.
Sage: Sadly, human creativity will continue to be focused on waging war with the help of machine intelligence, and I do not think this is exactly the future envisioned by chess grand master Gary Kasparov back in May of 2017.