The Future.. cont’d

Yesterday I spoke about cool technological advances that I thought would be cool if they came into existence. Since then, I’ve thought up a couple more but I thought of talking about things that would help our future if we went in the other, declining direction; i.e. towards extinction. Now this post is not to scare you all cause I like to think we as humans are able to figure it out at least before the sun blows up (cause it is a star you remember and that’s the fate of all stars).

My husband showed me a video last night of this YouTube channel he follows called Primitive Technology. Basically a guy bought some a plot of jungle land in the middle of Australia somewhere and he films himself doing very basic, or primitive things like building a hut and tools, etc from what you find in nature. It’s quite mesmerizing to watch. I’ll share a video below but every time I watch one of these videos I think of how useful it would be to have these types of skills in case we spiral backwards into an apocalyptic world because when you think about it, no matter what happens to us, nature will always reclaim it’s territory. This is evidenced in lots of photos and videos around the world of what used to be a city now looks like a jungle. There’s actually one of those close to home. There used to be an amusement park called Geauga Lake. It was very popular but then it fell on hard times and closed. Now when you drive past Geauga Lake, it looks like a straight jungle because nature literally seeped through the cracks and is thriving on top of our man-made structures.

Here’s a video of the man building a hut from scratch in his new area:

After watching this (and getting sucked in and watching his other videos) I started thinking about the constant circling around travelling to Mars. Scientists recognize that Mother Earth is dying and they are just a small group of a giant population trying to figure out alternatives. I remember seeing a video once of a group that saved genetic material of many animal species including some that are extinct. The group is called The Frozen Ark and they currently have over 700 cells, DNA and gametes from various animals sitting on -80ΒΊC ice in the hopes of preserving natural history. There’s another “doomsday” vault in the frigid ice habitats of Norway called the Global Seed Vault. Here they do the opposite of the Frozen Ark and preserve seeds of plants from past and present. Currently, they have 930,000 seed varieties stored here and these seeds have come from all around the globe. 200,000 of them alone are just rice species. Boggles the mind right? These are considered stop gap measures if a plant species were to be wiped out completely or we were to colonize Mars and get a fresh start. Well, and also, they’re nerds so this is like the coolest collection a nerd could have. πŸ˜‰

I just thought this would make a great followup post because we really don’t know where the future is headed and honestly most of us will probably be dead by then but I like seeing this evolution of thinking of what could be in either direction. It also goes to show that there could be a decent balance between technology and nature to the point that we are able to make these happen like preservation or even rehabilitation because we’ve become advanced enough to do so.

Did you watch the video? Do you have his skills and come come teach me?? What do you think about these vault collections of various species past and present? Do you think we could go backwards but in a good way with technology instead of full steam ahead of full on technology? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “The Future.. cont’d

  1. I do think that people have forgotten how much power they have. It’s not difficult to save seeds and grow a garden of your own food. There are over 20,000 different species of plants to eat here on Earth (right now) that we aren’t even taking advantage of and when it comes to growing your own food, it’s quite easy, but I won’t get into that, lol. We’ve lost a lot of skills when it comes to hunting, gathering, and growing our own food because we just buy food at the grocery store. It’s just handed to us and then all we have to do is just turn up the heat in the winter. What could be easier than that? Some people don’t even think about where those resources come from. I’m ranting haha! πŸ˜€ When the sh** hits the fan, I think survival skills tend to kick in because humans generally want to live. If everyone prepared we could be ready, but everyone is just too busy living the life they have now.

    I think the seed vaults are a must and it’s good to preserve. I also think that preparing is huge. The issue also goes back to our conversation about change. Many people are resistant to change because they don’t want to stop living how they are now. We just keep squeezing the tube of toothpaste a little more until we run out. It’s something everyone should be thinking about because our kids, grandkids, great-grandkids all have to live here after we are gone. It’s something to think about and I’m sorry, but I just ran this post into another direction haha. ❀ Thanks for sharing this, Nel!!

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    1. I think when it comes to gardening and growing your own food, difficulty mostly stems from where you live. I can attest to that having lived in tiny one bedroom apartments for a while. A garden is just not feasible especially when you don’t have your own plot of land or a balcony. Now hydroponics makes it a little bit more feasible but either way you need space. I agree about losing skills like hunting and gathering because society has made it so easy and in a lot of cases, specifically hunting, made it so you can only do it at certain times of year and stuff like that. I agree with you though, when you’re in a shit situation, your survival instincts definitely kick in if you don’t want to die.

      Oh yes, I agree completely about the change. The beauty of living is being able to adapt to our ever changing world but people are super resistant. Like just trying to get people to recycle or repurpose is like pulling teeth out. Haha it’s okay. Rant away! I love it and I’m glad you enjoyed this continuation post πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. What is, will be and has alway been. Future, present, past, a matter of perspective. Another good thinker Nel, thank you for sharing.πŸ™‚πŸ˜€πŸ’

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  3. This was a great follow up post! I definitely do think about *end of the world* scenarios- possibly because I have an overactive imagination- but I think you only have to have a teensy bit of an imagination to find it plausible. Although I think that the way we’ll go is the AIs will have enough of their human pets πŸ˜‰ …actually that reminds me why I don’t like to think about it πŸ˜‰ as for whether I have any useful survival skills- nope, in pretty much every apocalypse scenario I’ve ever thought of I’d be one of the first to go πŸ˜‰ Hopefully it’ll be my children’s children’s children that’ll have to deal with it πŸ˜‰

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