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The fallacy of science fiction

Abstract

This article explains why many (but not all) works of science fiction bear no resemblance to the future.

1. Features of the future

Here are seven features of the future that differ to what is predicted by works of science fiction.

1.1 War will be obsolete

Nuclear war implies M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) so that in an age where nuclear weapons (or worse) exist war between two sides that possess nuclear weapons (or worse) will not happen. Therefore works of science fiction such as The Matrix, Star Wars and Star Trek are not accurate. As Einstein famously said: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

1.2 Backwards time travel is not possible

Time travel backwards in time is impossible because it leads to contradictions such as going back in time to kill oneself. Therefore such movies as the Terminator series and the Back to the Future trilogy are not accurate.

1.3 Computers will surpass us

In movies such as Star Wars computers are depicted as idiotic servants of ourselves (for example C-3PO and R2-D2) but the promise of artificial intelligence (A.I.) is that in about 100 years computers will eventually surpass us. In particular A.I.'s that surpass us will come about before large scale space travel does.

1.4 Computers will be our friends

Many works of science fiction depict A.I. computers as disrespectful of human life, i.e. computers turn on humanity and attempt to destroy it, for example the Matrix, Terminator and Space Odyssey. Since we will be the parents of A.I., artificially intelligent beings will respect its creator (us). If all of the A.I.'s in the Universe stop functioning (i.e. die) then the presence of humanity will serve as a backup device i.e. humans will be capable of re-building A.I. back into existence. This "backup" property is the principal reason why A.I.'s will respect us.

1.5 Computers will leave us behind

Computers will leave the human race on Earth and will colonise the Universe without us. Therefore works that depict A.I.'s existing with people travelling through space (such as Space Odyssey, Star Trek and Star Wars) are not accurate.

1.6 The future ant-like quality of life

When computers surpass us in the form of A.I. beings, the children of these A.I.'s will have an ant-like quality, with ultimate power delegated to only the executive subroutine. Small machines (possibly built with nanotechnology) with no real power will exist for the sole purpose of serving the executive subroutine. These small machines will resemble ants in that there will be many of them and they will have no consciousness in themselves. This situation ensures that no part of the A.I. can attempt to destroy the whole. Most works of science fiction do not depict this outcome.

1.7 Reincarnation will not happen

Reincarnations in the form of computer simulations of human beings must not have the power to destroy the A.I. that simulates them. Moreover, reincarnation has no point so it will probably not happen. Therefore such TV programmes as Futurama are not accurate.

1.8 An alien species would not contact us

Since we possess nuclear weapons and there is a distinct possibility we would use them to destroy alien life since the selfish gene has no reason to not commit murder since murder is a way that a person can increase their share of the gene pool. It follows that alien life would not want to contact us. Therefore films such as Independence Dayand books such as The War of the Worlds are not accurate. Only once A.I. computers have surpassed us that A.I. alien life would contact us, for only at that point is there mathematically zero probability that either side would use nuclear weapons (or worse) to destroy the other.



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