What is the future of the technological progress? What did it give to humans? What does it promise?
A reader of our website quoted the following excerpt from Empire V - fiction novel of a well-known Russian writer Victor Pelevin. (This is a dialogue between two recently initiated young vampires and their guru.)
- Do you honestly believe that Man climbed higher than animals in the course of evolution?
- Of course, - I replied. Why, didn't he?
- No, - he said. Man actually regressed well below the animals. Today only a retired billionaire can afford an animal-like lifestyle: to live in a climate perfectly suited for the organism, have a lot of proper physical activity, eat natural food and worry about nothing. Think a moment: no animals ever work.
- What about squirrels? - Gera asked. Aren't they gathering nuts?
- My sweet girl, it is not "work". If the squirrels were eight hours a day marketing and selling to each other something like stale bear droppings -- that would be "work". Meanwhile picking nuts is shopping -- and one for free.
It so happens that in our recent article we discuss how the above view on the human standings in the animal world is not completely accurate. We consider what all large animals lost during evolution, what the technological progress gave the humans, what it deprived them of, why the difference in lifestyles between the rich and the poor in the developed world is largely ephemeral, why even the retired billionaires cannot satisfy all ecological rights of Homo sapiens and how this relates to finding the right development plan for our civilization. The article was published in Russian in the Energy magazine of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. For our English readers we provide an English translation. This is work in progress. Some theses from this work are to be developed and published later.