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Does the Future still Exist?

  • The future has been already decided before it arrives: your activities as a child, as a teenager, as a student, as an intern, as a worker, as a manager, as a boyfriend, as a father, as a retiree, as a dead person. It has all been decided before you were even born.
  • There is no escaping the rules and expectations of society
  • In a sense, you already lived your future. The future has already happened as much as the past has: you can readily imagine it, "remember" it.
  • What you can change is the topography of your life.
  • We live more and more often in space, and not in time.
  • The only future that truly exists is the one that does "not" have you in it.
  • The temporal dimension is not relevant to organize your future as it used to be.
  • The spatial dimension is: e.g., you may want to try a Chinese boyfriend and an Arab boyfriend. It is not the "when" but the "what".
  • Time is becoming obsolete.
  • Maybe you are not a robot (yet), but you are a post-human, because humans used to invent their lives both in time and space (and they still have to in poor countries)
  • Post-human is the condition created by human societies as they tend to become more and more efficient, controlling and, indirectly, totalitarian
  • The liberation from a deterministic future can be achieved only by a post-post-human, someone who has not been created by the society created by humans

Michel Serres: "Hermes - Literature, Science, Philosophy" (1982)
Fredric Jameson: "Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" (1984).
Katherine Hayles: "Chaos Bound" (1990)