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)