The Beginning & End of Humanity


the year is 1968 a seven-year-old boy named clay has just finished building a contraption that remotely opens and closes a little outside door for his family’s dog he is constantly building toys and mechanical contraptions like this one using spare bike parts old TVs radios and any other objects he can get his hands on eight years later the year is 1976 the first personal computers hit the market clay now 15 finds himself immediately drawn to the newly developing industry of computers he soon begins creating software programs and as a unique way of understanding how technology and humans can interact throughout his adolescence because of this interest understanding and his natural ingenuity clay creates and sells several computer softwares develops a software business appears on TV about a dozen times meets the president and graduates from MIT the year is 1982 clay is 21 clay loses his mother to coronary heart disease having not had a father in the picture clays mother was one of the few people clay had that he truly loved and could count on in his life clay struggles with his mother’s death the experience and idea of her death and death in general makes no sense to him clay wonders why a conscious intelligent being unlike any other species dies like every other species how can a species that can create fire tools computers airplanes rockets medicine and so on still die basically the same as a slug or a lizard early on clay forms the belief that it doesn’t have to be this way he believes that in the not so far future we can overcome the dependence on our weak and entropic biological human body through technology clay embarks on his pursuit of this belief he studies and develops his theories and begins to immerse further and further into newly emerging computer softwares and bio technologies the year is 1997 at age 36 clay starts a biotech company named curve which creates algorithms and computer models related to human biology and genetics clay soon discovers that the brain is quite similar to the software’s he’s creating and studying the brain with the brain recognizes patterns organizes these patterns hierarchal II and is then able to formulate an awareness of its conditions and make judgments accordingly just like the newly developing artificially intelligent softwares clay is working with in this clay realizes that if the coding of human consciousness can be fully modeled and replicated it could also be theoretically placed onto any device of replicable function and sustained indefinitely in other words the human experience of self could essentially be limitless beyond the human body thirty-two years later the year is 2029 at age 68 clay and his biotech company successfully reverse-engineer the entire function of the human brain this in combination with a vast array of other innovations in the biotechnology space now means that human consciousness can be enhanced maintained and transferred through and on to any hardware device or cloud service entity people now have the opportunity to think and understand at a rate that is exponentially greater than any conceived possibility of the past mental conditions are now able to be modified beyond inherited genetics lifelong mental disorders can be eradicated bacterial and age-related diseases can be circumvented eight years later clay is now 76 the year as 2037 clay is the first person to successfully upload his entire brain function to an outside hybrid entity now at any point clay can change over to a separate synthetic body and reconnect to his consciousness via a software access server like the cloud and still remain with his sense of self with this clay would lead humanity into a new realm of existence a life of boundless consciousness the year is 24 8 e 6 clay along with the rest of humanity lives hundreds of years past a previously standard life expectancy clay travels the whole world and visits every place there is to see he reads every book sees every movie watches every video visits every website masters every language hears every story and learns every skill he falls into love and out love over and over hundreds of years turned a thousands thousands turned to millions the year becomes irrelevant every time boredom overpopulation overconsumption and so on appeared to be on the horizon new worlds are discovered and created clay explores new planets new galaxies new dimensions he meets new beings from other worlds new realms of art science and entertainment emerge and die emerge and die he experiences new types of feelings new ways of thinking new ways of experiencing millions and millions more years go by Clay’s home his mother his sister his dog his childhood his mortal self the conditions of the world he was born in have all along been forgotten stored away like an old file on an old hard drive he forgot he ever had clay continues on for millions of years he explores more worlds in more realms of life on and on until eventually the stars begin to die the galaxies begin to dissolve and the universe begins to burn out clay accomplished what had been but a fantasy for all of human history before him a supremacy over one’s nature and immortality he traveled the cosmos he made millions and millions of discoveries learned everything there was to know every law of physics every rule of reality all to end up here about to die with everything else what was it all for clay wonders to himself what was the point of beating his own death just to be subjected to the death of the universe how could a species that transcended its own biology and the nature of life itself just died off with the universe like all the little particles and amoebas that came before it in the remaining moments of the smothering universe clay decides to create one last thing now having learned all the mechanics of nature and how the universe works clay begins to construct the blueprint for a new one like creating the rules of a video game he renders the code for a new universe he makes it hard but not impossible long but not without end he makes it so each level gets a little more complex yet a little more interesting a little more daunting he had a little more rewarding he makes it so the rules of the universe change a little over time never too far so it makes no sense but never too close that it makes complete sense he hides the end games far from the starting point only in the final stage can it be seen and comprehended he conceals the truth amidst the chaos the logic amidst the disorder the meaning amidst the lack thereof finally he leaves the possibility for creating anew clay finishes it’s perfect he says to himself the universe begins to compress tighter and tighter the dying energy dries out any remaining life the last stars turn off the last planets explode everything gives one last nod a farewell to this existence as it squeezes back into nothingness as the energy tightens into a final pinpoint clays new universe explodes a bursting of colour matter and energy floods out reversing the nothing into an ever expanding everything time and space begin again stars fill the sky celestial collisions occur planets form bacteria and amoebas flow around each other life emerges in a trial and error of existence unfolds a sequence of living and dying trying and failing evolving and adapting thinking and talking building and creating years and years and years would go by the year is 1968 a seven year old boy named clay has just finished building a contraption that remotely opens and closes a little outside door for his family’s dog he is constantly building toys and mechanical contraptions like this one using spare bike parts old TVs radios and any other objects he can get his hands on he’ll probably do a lot in this life as clay finishes the dog store his sister asks him didn’t you already make that yeah I just took it apart and made it again replies clay why asks his sister I don’t know it was fun and I wanted to see if I could make it better replies clay well is it better now asks his sister clay replies no it was fine [Music] [Music] [Music] you

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