What next, now?

Unfortunately as I found out recently, Quora is not that great a way to challenge and debate over any sufficiently reinforced “mainstream” viewpoint..

Well, no matter how indifferent anybody else may or may not be to the existing reality, there are some things I know for sure: I DON’T want to just keep earning and spending money for the rest of my life.. and I DON’T want to just grow old one day and retire before I die, just like our previous generations have for decades. As J. Krishnamurti put it so brilliantly:

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

It might take 10, 15 or maybe even 20 more years to really change things.. (hell, it took over 50 years of Bucky Fuller’s own lifetime.. and even after that, many of his inventions, his Geodesic domes were only brought down to ruins). But now I am determined to work towards what it is that I know I eventually want, and it’s certainly not personal possessions, or some nameplate formal success in the existing system.

After much deliberation over what should be my next course of action, I have come to this conclusion: To put it succinctly in a Fuller quote:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

So.. my desired reality of tomorrow is that technology and robots can (and should) displace all humans in all mundane tasks and jobs (or atleast, deliver an immense efficiency speedup per man-hour). Keeping those jobs around just to keep people employed is to undermine our own human potential.. no matter what your opinion may be about our “inherent” ability or capacity, I feel we are capable of much better.. we all might be in for a big surprise at the magnitude of our pent-up thirst for self-study and creative expression.. if only given a chance.

To that end, these days I am considering heavily engaging in robotics/infrastructure development.. open-source, mostly driven and built upon projects like Arduino, Linux, Blender and so on. And this time it is practical robotics, not hobby line followers (which BTW might turn out to be a surprisingly important basic building block for any sophisticated setup 😀 Electronics Club FTW!)

Within a few years, I expect that my own house will become a “living” system that maintains itself.. maybe a technology zoo!

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