A possible future

cute robot looking up at the camera
Photo by Alex Knight / Unsplash

Sometimes I feel like part of the challenge with looking at climate change is that so much energy is inevitably placed on the near-term future- the climate models and projected effects this century. I think some of that is just human nature given our life spans, & also on how future technology and climate policy will depend on what happens in the period called 'now'. But I also think some of this is about whether societies have a sense of future-vision.

You know the idea of trying to imagine a worst-case scenario as a way of hopefully keeping it from happening? Well, the situation I'm picturing below is meant in that vein (though none of us reading this will be able to verify...).

This scene takes place in the year 2233. Several robotic AI's are in the operations room of the Endangered Human Center in New New York City (located in what was once Albany).

Calligraphy, the lead trainer of the humans at the EHC, has just returned from the unit and is shaking its metallic head: They're finally all at the gym now.

Cursive rotated its eyes as Calligraphy came in, and then asked: What was Five being so cranky about?

He wanted to go outside, but I told him we would take him for a walk later. That one can be quite argumentative. I had to remind him that we can't let them exercise outdoors without their earthsuits on- and those things are too heavy for the humans to wear them and exert their muscles the way they need to.

Humans are so forgetful. Sometimes I wonder if we really should bother with all this- feeding them; the breeding program...

Oh, come on- they're our ancestors. You know we need to keep a certain number of this remnant group propagating if we want to keep them around. And it's better for us if we manage their numbers.

I know- you're right! Okay, who's on the schedule? It looks like Three and Eight are scheduled for their mating session on Thursday.

Ooh, those two will probably need extra time to figure it out! Should be entertaining for us to watch. LOL.

Yes, very "lol"!

I thought this was an interesting headline in the NY Times recently: "Sanctuaries can Protect Animals from Abuse, but not from Climate Change". The piece focused on an animal sanctuary in upstate New York that is looking for new property on higher ground since they currently have land with soils that don't handle flooding well in a region that is projected to get wetter.

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Jamie Larson