Five Lines or Less — Scary Times


We are living in scary times.

A whole continent is burning.

The climate is becoming inhospitable.

The world is at the brink of war.

I’m afraid for the future of life on Earth.

5 linesWritten for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “afraid.”

One-Liner Wednesday — The Future


“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

American baseball player, manager, and coach Yogi Berra

I’ve quoted the late, great Yogi Berra before, but given what is going on the world these days, I think Yogi was quite prescient with this quote. With climate change proceeding along virtually unabated, I’m not even sure that humanity will be around in the future.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G.Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #47

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

There are those who believe that technological advancement a net positive, while others look at it as more of a net negative. Yet most people agree that technological progress is inevitable as long as humans exist and that it can’t be stopped, nor should it be.

There is a controversial concept wrapped around technological advancements called “technological singularity.”FDA6DCE0-1BC0-4605-856A-036827FDF863It’s a hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.

So my provocative question for you this week is this:

Do you think the singularity will occur? If so, what time frame do you think it will happen in and how will it impact humanity? Alternatively, do you think or care at all about the potential for reaching singularity?

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#100WW — The Gargoyle on Top of the Cathedral

CF4600CA-AB7B-44AE-8E15-5AE04C043A54I’ve seen it all from up here on my perch high atop this cathedral for the last 850 years. I’ve witnessed the very best of humanity and civilization and I’ve witnessed the very worst of both.

I’ve seen war and revolution. I’ve seen peace and salvation. I’ve seen unfathomable cruelty and incredible kindness. I’ve seen death and destruction and birth and construction.

I’ve seen progress and growth. I’ve seen stagnation and decline. I’ve seen warriors and holy men.

Yes, I’ve seen things come and I’ve seen things go. But I don’t think I, or humanity and civilization, will see another 850 years.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: Pedro Lastra.

The Singularity

3B238185-F303-4156-ABB1-A4113F02284B“Heed my warning,” the speaker said. “We are on the superhighway toward The Singularity. What is The Singularity, you ask? It is simply the hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence, or ASI, will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.”

Not a sound could heard in the auditorium. The speaker continued “We are quickly approaching the hour when the robot will soon become ubiquitous in our society. Man and machine will merge. The human and the robot will look from one to the other and will not be able to determine which is flesh and blood and which is electronic.

“Oh, it won’t be all bad,” the speaker said. “These robots will be durable, close to indestructible. They will do the jobs that humans either cannot or will not do. They will also be beautiful and sensual and can be available to help you to spice up your life and to satisfy your carnal desires.”

There were some chuckles among the audience at the talk of sexy robots. But then the speaker leaned in and said in a booming voice, “Do not be so easily seduced. Do not allow the allure of sex toys and slave labor to poison your common sense. The Singularity is a noose around your collective necks. This is not the inheritance you should want to leave to the generations that follow.”

The chuckles turn to angry shouts. “We must stop The Singularity,” the speaker shouted. “We cannot permit runaway technology to fundamentally change humanity. It is an affront to our Lord, the Creator, and it must be stopped. The machines must be destroyed before it’s too late.”

The crowd was on its feet, chanting “Destroy the Machines” as meeting monitors handed out laser blasters and tiki torches to the assembled.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, The Word of the Day Challenge, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, Your Daily Word Prompt, Daily Addictions, Scotts Daily Prompt, and for the Three Things Challenge, where the things are poison, noose, and inheritance.

And yes, I know, these prompts were all from yesterday, September 1st, but I was late getting a round tuit.