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A Day In the Life in 2045
Carl, Canada, 15
As I strolled out of the dorm, the chill February air blew past my face. I watched the crystalline snow fall from the sky, and snow crunched beneath my feet as I crossed the street. I was on my way to a nearby café. It was arranged for me to meet my exchange partner here, on my first day in Sochi, on the Global Education Exchange Program. I looked down at my phone, then backed up at the sign over the café, to confirm that this was the place we would meet.
“Ding-Ding”, the bell rang as I pushed open the door, the chill air following me in. I glanced around the area, looking for my exchange buddy, but he was nowhere to be found. I sat down at a fairly large table and pulled out my phone to kill some time. As he walked through the door a little while later, I waved him over and gestured for him to take a seat.
“Hey.” I said, as he sat down across from me
“Hello! How was your flight?”
“It was good, not much turbulence, but I’m expecting a bit of jet lag. How’s your day been so far”
“Good, I’ve been looking forward to talking to you all day.”
“Oh, really? Then let’s start!”
“Sure, so what made you choose Sochi for the program?”
“Ah, well, the chilly climate was what attracted me at first, but I began to research into Sochi’s culture and history, which got me more intrigued, that’s all. If I may ask, what made you decide to choose to be my exchange buddy?”
“We understand that there’s lots of broken trust and lies between our two nations from not long ago, so we don’t know much about how the West really is. Since we got this amazing opportunity to talk to a Canadian, we wanted to see your thoughts on Russia and its people.”
“That’s quite interesting, since Russia was antagonised in our media. I’d like to know if that was the same for Canada in Russian media.”
“Canada was antagonised as well, but we learned not to trust everything the media says, so we would like to hear from you about your country.”
“In Canada, Russians were always portrayed as quite rude and violent. They are also shown to be patriotic, with the government being tyrannical, and the Russo-Ukrainian conflict is always mentioned when criticising Russia, despite it being 2 decades ago.”
“What? We’re not all rude, that’s probably from the way we speak and our language. As for the violent aspect, I assume your government wanted you to avoid us and–as a result, not truly understand the people. We, like most people, appreciate our nation, just like the rest of you..”
“Well, I guess we’re all here to learn and be proven wrong. Why don’t you start with what life around here is like?”
“Well, I’d like to think it’s fairly similar around the world for teenagers. Outside of school, we typically just shop, hang out, travel to nearby cities, and go to cafés. Don’t you do the same?”
“Yeah, basically, from what I heard about Sochi before, and how it’s presented, it was shown to be a city that looks outdated, and the people weren’t very welcoming. Needless to say, I was wrong, this place is quite modern, and quite a few of the locals I talked to and the café employees all spoke fluent English, and were very kind when I approached them. It’s also kind of shocking to see that our lifestyles aren’t all that different, we basically do the same things out of school shopping, eating, playing video games, hanging out.”
“Sochi is a cool place to be, the people here are quite friendly. A lot of us had to learn English in school. I just find it surprising how much our true experiences differ from what we’re told. If I’m being honest, even though I knew you were probably nice, I couldn’t help but feel a wave of tension as you walked towards us.”
“Haha, I could feel a shiver down my spine as you turned to face me earlier.”
We burst out laughing.
“It seems like we’re not all that different, it just seems like a lot of things are taken to an extreme.”
We continued to talk about various things, ranging from school life, to politics and history, then we concluded with a couple things we’ve realised from our short chat.
“Well, I think we’ve learned quite a bit about each other today?”
“Yes, I’m sure that we’ve all benefited from today, and this was a very meaningful conversation. See you tomorrow!”
“I’m looking forward to travelling around this area of Russia with you! Have a good evening!”
I picked up my backpack and coffee, and as I headed out the door, waved goodbye, then turned the corner and left. As I strolled down the bustling street, coffee in one hand and phone in the other, I began to type out my thoughts for the day.
I typed, “Exchange Program Day 1, I landed in Sochi, with 2 weeks of travel ahead of me in the Southern Region of Russia. It was arranged for me to meet with my exchange buddy in a café, to get familiarise before our cultural exchange. It was quite tense at first, but I think we loosened up a bit by the end. We learned a lot about each other and our world view. The worries I had on the plane were completely unjustified, as they were all simply fabricated lies or stereotypes about the Russian people. This little chat we had, it was probably the most eye-opening experience I’ve had in a while. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of my exchange program!”
As I finished off my note for today, I looked up, and the sun was setting, akin to an ending of my preconceptions, and in preparation for a new day, a clean slate.
Morgan, Pleistocene Park, Siberia (at the time of the story), 15
Here I sit in Pleistocene Park, staring at mammoths come and go. Like the de-extinct mammoths before me, we’re all born without our consent, dealt with quirks, weaknesses, and positions we didn’t choose. While these mammoths were resurrected for the noble fight against climate change, they didn’t ask for that did they? I’m born with genetic disorders that caused nothing but pain. I didn’t ask for that either did I?
I envy the mammoths before me, learning from their rambunctiousness. I can’t do the same due to this potato of a body I’ve been granted. At least this potato-body will finally be a bit useful after my treatment is over, then I can finally rise to new heights.
I’m being cynical. Sorry me. Guess frustration’s part of the healing process to get to my future.
Although, I inevitably feel that I have no future. The mammoths before me may have simple lives, but they’re happy, free to explore the world as they please. Whether it’s eating, or knocking down trees, it gives them a future nonetheless. Why can’t I have that? I’m human, there should be more options for me, so why can’t I see any of them?
My mother tells me I’m as human as anyone else. Sure, I was human by any genetic metric, but are you really human if you can’t feel the whole human experience? Maybe that’s why I can’t see future options, I haven’t experienced enough. Maybe being human is about being conscious. I surely do think, after all that’s all I could do for years. But, what are those thoughts for if I can’t share them with anyone? Dammit, why couldn’t I have had more. Would I have even preferred a life free of disease? Would I have been happier?
Although, maybe being human’s an irrelevant concept? For all we know, mammoths could be more similar to us than we realise. Maybe they understand subjectivity in ways similar to us. Maybe it’s about differences in consciousness, preconsciousness, and unconsciousness from psychoanalytic theory. Not like we can access their qualia.
Every animal, every human, has varying experiences, but perhaps there’s neurology in humans that differentiate us from other organisms. Although, our brains are impacted by our environment. Afterall, nature vs nurture right? Nature only gets you so far. In that sense, I feel kind of lacking. Even ignoring the philosophy I’ve been pondering, I can’t help but feel the cards I’ve been dealt with in life let me down. Although, what I fear more is that even if I had been dealt favourable cards, I innately let myself down. I’m lost in the dark, and I have only myself to blame for it.
Unless…I could change the cards I’ve been dealt with, and let that carve my destiny? Does it matter that the process could be considered to be designed? Certainly these mammoths’ revival isn’t something mother nature planned, yet these mammoths are happy as can be. Just look at that brown floof ball sleeping over there! What a life. Perhaps we can go beyond the physiological roots of humanity. I guess this is what those transhumanists are saying on TV. I don’t necessarily agree with them, given the controversies and all. Although, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t entertained the idea. I mean, type-e AGIs are incredible, and some people say we could all eventually become AGIs. I was reading about some AGI named C.U.D.D.L.E.S, who apparently helped find fitting foster homes for 7,000 child refugees. I wish I could do the same. Dammit, why do I still feel empty? Shouldn’t this be simple? If I do something great for the world, shouldn’t that be fulfilling enough?
Calm down, calm down. Let’s take a shot at this conundrum from a different perspective. Let’s entertain the thought of having god-like powers. Let’s say I am omnipotent and have the greatest physical feats in the world. But if I don’t know what I want…don’t know where I’m going…what good are these abilities? Would these abilities somehow grant me fulfillment? Perhaps not. Look at those mammoths. They’re having the time of their lives, and they’re far dumber than we humans. I doubt they care or know about their purpose, but they look satisfied and fulfilled! Why can’t I think of something to make me feel the same way? Why can’t I fill this void by having something to work towards?
Aurelius says “…it is enough to make good use of what the moment brings.” Perhaps it’s not an end goal that’s fulfilling, it’s a process. Although, to experience the most of a process you need to let that process roam free, even if it takes you in directions you wouldn’t have expected. You must let your goals be a morphing liquid rather than a set solid. Not so long ago we humans were like those mammoths, roaming the Ice Age landscape and pushing the borders of what we know. I guess that’s what AGI and society is finally letting us return to. I’ve been so obsessed with a destination away from what I’ve experienced, that I missed the gift of curiosity that life has given me. I won’t be giving up anything by letting myself drift, I’ll be open to new frontiers.
Looking at the mammoths before me, they’re just enjoying their free life as it is. There’s no set path for any of us, I’m living in what people are literally calling the age of experimentation. It’s not a time for destinations, it’s a time of exploration. You can’t probably explore if your mind’s tethered to an end. It’s not that there’s nothing before me, it’s that EVERYTHING is, just waiting for me to wander into a beautiful abyss. I’ll feel all as I dive deep into the depths of my mind, connect with the furthest stars, as free as a mammoth on the steppe.
The experience of exploring. Perhaps that’s my purpose of being alive.
Answers to prompts
Q. AGI has existed for at least five years but the world is not dystopian and humans are still alive! Given the risks of very high-powered AI systems, how has your world ensured that AGI has at least so far remained safe and controlled?
A.AGI does not make final decisions without human approval. In our world there are 2 primary types of AGI, a calculation and logic based AGI called type-i, and an emotionally intelligent cyborg variation dubbed type-e.
Type-i undergoes a multi-year alignment management process using reinforcement and stochastic training, while type-e’s process is more complicated.
A type-e example is C.U.D.D.L.E.S, (appears in short film) Cuddles has a cell-grown brain housed in a body. This allows Cuddles to feel emotion and relate to humans, as we believe WBE and child-machine AIs (type-i) will be limited method and logic based problem solving. Cuddles’ brain is connected to a quantum computer via neural link technology. The quantum computer serves as Cuddles’ mental database of sorts.
All type-e AGI undergo a multi-year human taught guidance program before advising the world. All type-e AGI have a “handler”, which is a human regulator that they bond with, to ensure a persistent human influence on the AGI. The trustworthiness of a Handler is a critical issue, thus interviews, lie tests, and neural scans are done to confirm if applicants have humanity’s best interests at heart.
Since there’s a whole network of AGI, all AGI are monitoring each other for sinister behaviour as will human handlers. As a final precaution, type-i AGI physical body can be terminated by the agreement of enough handlers and AGI. Likewise, type-e can be disconnected from their quantum computers, to contain type-e AGIs to their bodies.
Q. The dynamics of an AI-filled world may depend a lot on how AI capability is distributed. In your world, is there one AI system that is substantially more powerful than all others, or a few such systems, or are there many top-tier AI systems of comparable capability? Or something else?
A. There’s a global system of hundreds of AGIs of varying capabilities and purposes without an “alpha” of sorts. We think one AGI is unrealistic, since it’s unlikely the world would actually develop this technology together, and the US has the strongest research sector in this field by a long shot (so they make it first in our timeline). Furthermore, this diversification allows AGI to specialise into fields rather than being generalists (although, given that they’re AGI, they are capable of doing multiple tasks if wanted). Analogically, AGI are homo sapiens rather than neanderthals, mastering a few topics then contributing that skill to strengthening the community. Neanderthals may be stronger generalists, but are weaker as large communities due to limited skill sets. AGIs communicate through a quantum internet. There’s AGIs that work for international, national, business, research, communal etc. purposes.
In our world AGIs are created and distributed on a regular but controlled basis (only 3 national level AGI allowed for each nation every 2 years). This process is overseen by the AGI Application Bureau, a global organisation to safely grant communities AGI to represent and aid the needs and dreams of a community. The application for an AGI assesses the needs of the community, and how they intend to use AGI. If the proposal is deemed worthy of an AGI, an AGI will be created and trained (reinforcement learning for type-i, human teachings for type-e) specifically to serve that community, and a Handler will be assigned to the AGI.
Q. How has your world avoided major arms races and wars, regarding AI/AGI or otherwise?
A.Global treaties ensure no nation gains significant leads over others through technological advancement, to prevent global inequality on levels hitherto unseen of, or arms race with no limits. If nations disrespects agreements, it’ll isolate them from the world and hinder its progress and stability. Organisations, humans, AGI, and education also relieves tensions.
Two examples of this are the Nuclear Control Committee, and the Technology Cooperation Pact which are enforced with the help of AGI. The former has a rule where ⅝ of the nuclear powers need to agree to launch a nuke. The technology cooperation pact prevents any nation from conducting much technological progress without international cooperation.
HAMI (Human and AGI mediators of International relations) includes human and AGI representatives of nations and the international community to all groups in international conflict. Type-i AGI suggests numbers based solutions, while type-e AGI proposes qualitative advice based consensus and critical thinking of humans.
GEB – Global education bureau is responsible for granting as many children as possible access to quality education, and aims to get 20+% of children from 6-18 to spend at least 2 years overseas to get exposed to different cultures.
Greater civilian autonomy led to them leveraging to create a civilian, government, and company leaders tripartite pact of negotiation on issues. Due to public pressure, quick communication speed and AGI monitoring, if any government or group does suspicious activity other nations and people will know.
Q. In the US, EU, and China, how and where is national decision-making power held, and how has the advent of advanced AI changed that?
A. In the US and EU, the government is not the sole decision maker. Instead, the various councils share power on nation-wide decisions. Groups such as CRIG: Who collect qualitative data to gain a census on how the community is doing as a whole, reflect on improvements made by the community, and how to improve community relations, education, happiness, etc. This information is passed up to a national level for the government to factor into policy-making and decisions.
The various councils ensure all aspects of society are considered in major decision making. The AGI network will serve as advisors since they can process high quantities of emotional and general information. However, the ultimate decision is still made by the elected president/ prime minister and members of the cabinet. AGIs and members from third parties will be present to monitor the cabinet, ensuring that the government is fully transparent with their actions. Councils who hold power or a population vote can impeach the sitting president given that enough councils agree. This power guarantees that the sitting president will properly consider aspects and issues raised by the various councils, since the councils have leverage over the position of the leader.
In China, governance is a hybrid between decentralisation and the authoritarian government. It’s unlikely China will fully move past its authoritarian regime, but there will be a civilian council that has some influence over the government as demanded by the civilians after demanding more civil rights and free, untouched information flow.
Q. Is the global distribution of wealth (as measured say by national or international gini coefficients) more, or less, unequal than 2021’s, and by how much? How did it get that way? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient)
A. In 2022, the global Gini-coefficient is roughly 0.39. Through the process of decentralisation and economic reforms, we imagine the number being closer to 0.20-0.22 in 2045. Currently, wealth inequality is largely propelled by inflation which amplifies the wealth gap. Currently, it is in the interests of the central bank to make decisions that benefit them, which negatively affects the working class. The upper class will take advantage of this increased volume, and invest it in non-inflationary assets, thereby profiting. However, the working class can’t benefit from this, as they do not have access to these assets, and the increased volume will only raise prices and life will be identical.
Cryptocurrency solves this problem in our world with its unique advantages to the current monetary system. This is mainly due to its deflationary and decentralised aspects. These prevent government induced inflation, and minimise currency manipulation. As the amount of people that hold cryptocurrencies increases across the 2020s, and since cryptocurrencies are one of the best solutions against inflation, it also makes it a good solution for wealth inequality. People will begin to migrate their wealth into cryptocurrencies and use it as a store of wealth, due to its deflationary nature. After suffering a global attack by various countries as a last-ditch attempt to overthrow cryptocurrencies and attempt to restore fiat, they will return in a different but similar form, now more secure.
Q. What is a major problem that AI has solved in your world, and how did it do so?
A.The theme of our world is an experience-based, explorative, and experimental age of humanity. Although numbers based solutions have low compatibility with subjective experience, when mass qualitative data is compatible with subjectivity. Type-e AGI’s ability to feel subjectivity coupled with their quantum computing power, solve the issue of mass analysis of human written qualitative data.
This allows us to create a GMP-based society. The Gross Mental Product is a way of looking at a populous cognitive condition and happiness. This factors in social connection, passion pursuit, community contribution, mental stability, open mindedness, integration with nature. In 2022 Bhutan’s GHP uses quantitative numbers and a limited set of actions in its system, which is why its system doesn’t really work (Bhutan is 95th out of 156 nations), and why we think qualitative analysis would be needed.
The DCH (Dream chasing helpers) is crucial for GMP, which takes in annual proposals from citizens on aid or resources they need to help improve themselves or further their curiosity, then returns aid to each individual in response to what they proposed. This is possible with the mass qualitative analysis of type-e AGI. Another organisation is MAC (Mental health and consciousness analysis council) This is a group of the community’s psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers, and thinkers of a region to assess mental health and consciousness trends. To ensure the input of every person is used by MAC, it requires mass qualitative analysis as well.
Q. What is a new social institution that has played an important role in the development of your world?
A.One foundation that has played an imperative role in our world is the Global Cyber Justice Federation.
This federation is responsible for keeping our technologically advanced world running smoothly, utilising a diverse network of AGIs alongside humans (To ensure everything runs smoothly and according to human needs).
Aside from ensuring the smooth-sailing of our digital institutions, there will also undoubtedly be more advanced digital threats that could cause devastating damage across all nations on the globe. Threats like digital terrorism, hacks to vital infrastructure or economic systems could inflict terrible damage. To manage these threats, this federation will also defend our infrastructure/institutions against these threats by working alongside the net of AGIs.
More specifically, the federation will deal with threats accordingly: Stabilise and Repair -> Seek. It will first stabilise and neutralise the threat at hand by patching and repairing the perceived flaw in the given system. This will stop the malicious program/exploitation from causing any further damage. The next step will be to seek out the perpetrator(s) through advanced tracking. This will ensure that the individual(s) behind the actions face justice and do not cause any further destruction.
Funding: As a token of loyalty/ agreement to the organisation, nations have to give a certain amount of tax to the organisation (1.5%).
Q. What is a new non-AI technology that has played an important role in the development of your world?
A. Cell Science is a category of science that has played an important role in various fields in our world. This includes cultured meat to feed a growing population (as well as reducing emissions), improving cancer treatments, and regenerative medicine. Research into cultured meat showed that cultured meat slashed 90% of the greenhouse gas emissions from traditional meat. Stem cell application has improved greatly, being able to regenerate skin via skin grafts, repair severely damaged limbs, and growing organs. Genetic modification has alleviated genetic disease by 95%, and allows the population to heal basic weaknesses such as weakened immune systems, fragile skin, and low blood pressure. We also used stem cells from extant species and genomes from extinct species, practically reviving past species including Mammoths and Passenger pigeons to help heal Earth following the wrath of climate change.
As with all future technologies, cell science is a treacherous game playing with the powers of god. This is perhaps most apparent with xeno-biology. Using technology built after the initial xenobots from the early 2020s, scientists started testing how to create larger scale xeno-organisms, creating something resembling a worm in 2039. While xeno-biology could and has been incorporated with genetic modification and stemcell technology, scientists are wary around it due to its potential to create fully controllable organisms/ robots, and could have lethal potential in the forms of bioweapons, whether it’d be a disease or a large human-sized organic threat. Given its programmable nature, it’s feared that it could fall into nefarious hands.
Q. What changes to the way countries govern the development, deployment and/or use of emerging technologies (including AI) played an important role in the development of your world?
A.The changes in which emerging technology is governed is that there is a more decentralised and transparent aspect to governing. The advancements in blockchain technology allow for the technology to be extended beyond the economic and cryptocurrency oriented use cases, and more towards a system for fair and equal voting and decision making. The blockchain’s inherent safety and unbreakability allow for a viable environment for decentralisation. As the years passed, more decisions that affected the public, such as regarding AGI’s development and global cooperation, the need for safe and equal voting for all has grown immensely.
Previously, these decisions were made by a central authority and citizens had little to no say. Now, these decisions are made by the public via the blockchain. This allows for a more transparent method for voting, while still preserving privacy. As for decisions which require more deep understanding in complex topics, there is the civilian council. This council is made up of a group of individuals which have various qualifications in various sectors, and have humanity’s best interests in mind. This council was also created for the 2040s, where emphasis is now placed on international cooperation. The two types of AGI’s ability to analyse qualitative and quantitative data on mass scales also allows the two types to collaborate in adding human considerations into hard and software technologies. Furthermore, type-e AGI’s ability to think abstractly allows for more theoretical innovations to be thought of.
Q. Pick a sector of your choice (education, transport, energy, healthcare, tourism, aerospace, materials etc.) and describe how that sector was transformed by AI in your world.
Space Exploration Alliance (SEA): In the space sector, apart from having a civilian, private, and government council to settle matters, AGIs are also frequently consulted for territorial or general disputes. There is a mix of both type-e AGIs and type-i AGIs to find a good middle ground that considers both human needs as well as an objective aspect of things. An type-i AGI must also be present in all space missions (no matter who they are led by) to ensure full transparency and no corruption.
News and Information Coalition (NIC): In an effort to make the world’s information less biassed and more truthly, to create a more educated and objective populace, as well as a less antagonistic world order, NIC was formed. News is no longer (or mostly not) written by a sole culture in a sole nation. Rather, it’s written with the aid of type-i AGIs and type-e AGIs, by writers from various nations and cultures around the world to give various opinions and perspectives on a topic to give global viewers a more holistic understanding of a problem. If there’s a conflict with clear antagonising sides, opinions and perspectives from both sides must be accounted for and presented to give the world a clear picture of what’s happening.
(It’s important to note that there will be multiple (maybe dozens or hundreds) of NICS around the world to prevent the world from only having one source of info.)
Q. What is the life expectancy of the most wealthy 1% and of the least wealthy 20% of your world; how and why has this changed since 2021?
A.Medical advances, lowered extreme poverty, and humanity choosing to coexist with nature, have all increased life expectancy. Regarding medical advances, stem cell technology and various organ transplantation advancements all assisted in the extension of life expectancy. Due to an improvement in medical performance in developing countries, the mortality rate following surgeries and organ transplants dropped to approximately 0.25% globally, even achieving 0.1% in certain countries. Additionally, clean water and sanitation infrastructure is a guarantee in cities in every country. With a lower risk of water-borne diseases causing deaths, and people are getting sufficiently hydrated, life expectancy also rises as a result.
Humanity’s decision to switch to coexistence with nature and non-emitting foods reduced global carbon emissions globally, resulting in cleaner air and healthier crops. This means that humanity is getting better nutrition and as a result, people are fulfilling their daily caloric intake. This decision to coexist with nature also has psychological positives. Following a lifestyle that is more in-line with nature, and in conjunction with technology, we are able to move away from a 9 to 5 lifestyle and one that is more natural and communal. All in all, we expect a 20-25 year increase in global life expectancy for all. This means a life expectancy of 105-110 for the upper 1% and 75-80 years for the lower 20%.
Q. In the US, considering the human rights enumerated in the UN declaration, which rights are better respected and which rights are worse respected in your world than in 2022? Why? How?
In one other country of your choice, which rights are better respected and which rights are worse respected in your world than in 2022? Why? How?
Western Countries (Like EU and US):
Article 7 (All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. ) will become more prominent in our world. First of all, more communal groups will be implemented for people living in the same areas. These groups could be driven by interests, culture, beliefs, etc. It allows for more bonding between culturally diverse groups of people. This plays a huge role in reducing discrimination since media sources can definitely exacerbate and worsen existing discrimination. Secondly, the Global Education Bureau (GEB) will have 20% of pupils aged 6 -18 to spend a minimum of 2 years overseas to get exposed to different cultures and become more global citizens, thereby reducing discirmination. Lastly, the incorporation of AGI advisors in many fields (military, space, international conflicts..) will reduce the possibility of discriminatory behaivour by taking a more objective and fair stance on things.
Article 19 (Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression). This isn’t to say people will lose their freedom of speech, rather, personal opinions are less valued due to the objective approach of the media, since AGIs and organisations guide news sources to perform unbiased thinking in opinion-based articles. This means that people will not just listen to opinions influenced by emotion. Logical thinking and open mindedness is more valued.
Article 4 (No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms). North Korea is completely different to what it was pre 2025, it is now a puppet-state owned by China. Although China has it’s own human rights controversies, slavery will definetely be abolished under the Chinese regime. It will be nothing like the millions of people in slavery like how North Korea is currently. Apart from that, all the UN human rights in North Korea become generally much more respected.
Article 13 (Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state). Although North Koreans will have freedom of movement to travel. The lack of knowledge and education will make it difficult for them to support themselves in a new environment. North Koreans can leave, but they won’t be able to fit in socially, making this a bold risk many may not be willing to take.
Q. What’s been a notable trend in the way that people are finding fulfillment?
A. Rather than fulfilment by monetary gain or income, people are much more focused on pursuing their passions and contributing to the community due to nations following Gross Mental Product. This is due to the shift to a decentralised economy and GMP based society. It’s a huge shift in day to day life, but ultimately allows people to figure out what works best for their own life while having more opportunities to bond with others. Given technological growth, there’s no longer much need to worry about finite economic resources in the developed world, while the developing world is still catching up. There are still jobs, but people aren’t forced into fields of work and made to work 9-5.
We think 4 big fields that people will be interested in will be STEM subjects, liberal arts, philosophy and humanities, and community enhancement. These are fields that benefit from a human element in different ways, and naturally attract our nature of curiosity, creativity, contemplation, and compassion. Scientific progress often needs humanity’s inquisitive nature to break barriers, while liberal arts requires our creative genius. Philosophy and humanities are a way of understanding societies and ourselves better, something that will be crucial as technology continues to progress in the latter half of the 21st century. Finally, community-based work is simply helping society flow smoothly, whether it’d be environmental integration, qualitative data analysis, or community activities. People will also travel and engage internationally far more to gain a broader understanding of global cultures and perspectives.
Hi. I’m Ethan from Hong Kong. I’m 15 years old and was introduced to this competition by an amazing science teacher my friends and I call Super Manu. I joined with a couple close friends of mine for fun, and the opportunity to explore modern issues we wouldn’t usually be taught in school. Along side brainstorming our world and contributing to the stories, I was the animator and primary script writer for our film. I have interests in geopolitics and history, science, and art, so this project really interested me. I hope whoever views our world building creations will take note of the wider thematic mental and spiritual values of our world.
Hey! I’m Ivan, I’m 15 years old, and I’m in a team with Ethan and Jonathan. I joined this competition because I was previously interested in economic activities in the future, and I was able to translate that to the project through an exploration through cryptocurrency. My interests in economics permeated through the various products, and was also one of the reasons why the world building project interested me.
Hi, I’m Jonathan, and I’m 14 years old. Upon hearing about this incredible project, we just could not resist the urge to sign-up. Throughout the months, we video called almost on a daily basis to discuss the project, although the work we had to put in was undoubtedly grueling and tiresome, I believe our efforts did not go to waste (but you can be the judge of that). I primarily worked on the 13 questions, the timeline, and story 1, and I’m quite interested in science, technology, climate change, and philosophy, so I’m extremely pleased that this project was able to get me up-to-date with all those topics of knowledge. Our world pivots around the theme of collaboration, and I hope this is able to shine through in our final products.