John McWhorter has a compelling theory about imagined futures:
[E]ven dystopian visions [of the future] are about simplicity. Orwell’s alternate vision of the 1980s ... depicted a mind control that prevented engagement with complexity and nuance. Or, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that in 2045 computers will become more intelligent than people and allow a presently inconceivable superintelligence. The notion of the human essence ceasing to be is unsavory but also as much about escape as enhancement. Superintelligence will render trivial what confuses us and possibly even confusion itself. This, again, evades the essence of modernity, in which there are always many answers.
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