By: Vanessa C.
We all dream of the world being a better place- better people, better dreams, better hopes, and a better future. In a world of increasingly educated and aware youth, I explore what it means for me, personally, to be a global citizen who aims to learn more and more each day of my life. I think it is finally time for me, just a humble person, to give my opinion on the world. Not terribly drastic, but this, in my opinion, is what I want and what I envision the world to be.
Right now, the world is more divided than ever. It is always about the politics, politics, politics. However, I think something we must get over and recognise is that the world is more than just our politicians and policymakers. Of course, some scepticism helps to keep things in check and balanced, but right now, nothing is united. People are not trusting their governments and there is a visible divide and marginalisation of people in many different aspects- especially when it comes to politicians and racial issues. As much as these issues are incredibly important, I hope that the people of our world, all 7 billion of us, learn to be kinder and happier. Our increasingly digitalised world means more stressed and unhappy people, and you have seen the stats with what happens. Couples divorce, people lose their jobs, fire employees and in general, this creates a bipartisan divide and separation of people which causes undeniable rifts and divides that cause further harm to our mental and physical health. Internet videos of kind souls who help others often garner millions of views and likes, and people comment, "I wish there were more people like him/her, we need more of them!" It is ironic that the people who do comment and like the video hardly do anything to become that another kind person. Is being rude, mean and angry a part of modern society? I think not, I hope not. I pray not. In a world where mental health has now taken centre stage and many people are being more and more involved with it, I think it is a timely reminder to the world that being kind to others both improves their happiness and mental health, along with yours. Changing the world starts with being kind, being human.
Of course, talking about the future means we now must grapple with technology that is changing every single day. Quantum this, computer that. Now, computers can replace humans in almost every mechanical task. Long gone are the days where you require quality control checkers, clerks and other administrative jobs which require, among others, sorting, cataloguing, and recording. Machines can do all that. One thing which I hope happens is that robots and mechanical power becomes a friend, not our foe, and is our handy partner for whatever task we want to do. Some people view the dawn of AI as the end of our world as we know it, but I do not think we should do that. People and human beings are naturally curious beings who strive for progress and development. What I want for the world is one where we can slowly sit through and discuss what is worth advancing and what is not. Our technology will only be as powerful as we make it to be, are robots are valuable mechanistic objects that could really save time, energy and effort. People worry so much about the rising influence and advent of AI and I can see why. What about our jobs? What about money? I think AI can be a tool for people to reinvent and upskill themselves instead of using the old ways. I believe that if you can successfully raise a generation of people who are competent with technology, the demand for such skilled handlers will only grow with the ever varying tools and technology which we have all been heavily reliant upon. I hope that, in time to come, we will see the true value of systems such as AI and machine learning which may help us to do better as a whole human race. It is not too far-fetched to think of a world where technology is the future. In fact, it already is and will continue to be. I hope we learn, as one humanity, which technologies are present and what to develop. I am sure we will not want a world where robots control everything, from our human conversations to our valuable daily commutes where thoughts are bred. We must be cautious with what we invent what we develop and must be ready to bear the full consequence of the disastrous result should this get out of hand.
These are just some examples of what the world can be. Kinder, more aware, and lastly curious. This is one of those human values we must not leave behind, and as I see people inventing, discovering, creating, I remain convinced that our natural thirst for knowledge will remain intact for long to come, and I certainly hope it does not die out and float away, like the embers of a flame. Passion is fire, not ash and we must let that fuel our species to discover new heights and ride the wave of an advancing species. We have come this far, we still have a long, long ride ahead. Who knows what maw await at the end of the road if there is one? There will be hiccups, mishaps, terrible errors, but learning has and always will be one of those things that does not change for us as a species. I look forward to the ride where we get to discover more of our world. Would you come along for the ride? I encourage you to! Let us explore, empower, grow, and fuel like we always have and always will. Welcome to the future. It begins now.