Four years ago, I began a series of five volumes on the topic of whether the human species would be erased, and if so by what. All five were subtitled "A Catalog of Imaginary Creatures". In light of the ever-increasing dialogue about what A.I. is doing to us, and whether it will eventually eliminate us entirely, I bring you here the libretto of Volume Five. In the book it is followed by provocative CAD images of the creatures that might supercede us, if we cannot resist our addiction to violence.
Are We Erased?
Butter queried shattered cocoon:
Does a fart fly? Does a fungus cry? Are they asking why
Do SETI and METI wed
Has FGM ever bled
Does the shape of time ever change
Is there any rapture to capture
Does crux have a matter, pitter hate patter, God have a bladder
Is there even a there to out, out there?
Fly, soar, but always beware
Of the pillar of certainty, OZ of impunity, johns of divinity
Every and any
For you are the where
c. Corinne Whitaker 2015 - 2019
Note: Another view of humanity's extinction is offered by Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MOMA in New York.
And a thought-provoking response comes from a new Netflix scifi.
Finally, a discussion on bloomberg.com opens our eyes to the purging of Chinese scientists in the field of cancer research, where power politics and egos subsume any thoughts of patient benefits. We are better than this. We have to be better than this.
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