Philip K. Dick predicts the future

From 1981:

1995: Computer use by ordinary citizens (already available in 1980) will transform the public from passive viewers of TV into mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing experts

2010: Using tachyons (particles that move backward in time) as a carrier, the Soviet Union will attempt to alter the past with scientific information.

That is from The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings, edited by Lawrence Sutin.

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Considering just how well known Dick was for drug consumption, it is interesting to see any of his visions being mentioned here.

This vision is much more entertaining, particularly when illustrated - https://philipdick.com/resources/miscellaneous/the-religious-experience-of-philip-k-dick-by-r-crumb-from-weirdo-17/

Any relation to Andy Dick? They both seem like Dicks.

Andrew Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his eccentric behavior, drug addiction, and sexual misconduct allegations and arrests

Any relation to Dick The Butcher? He's kind of a dick too.

Naw, he just gets the better of you consistently.

Trolls and morons.

"Takes one to know one", mama used to see.

... mama used to SAY.

"2010: Using tachyons (particles that move backward in time) as a carrier, the Soviet Union will attempt to alter the past with scientific information."

Unfortunately the attempt to alter the timeline by inserting critical information 20 years into the past backfired and led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

"...from passive viewers of TV into mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing experts"

This prediction was off by 20 years and the author at the time didn't realize that the information-processing expertise would be primarily concentrated in social media.

Trying to send information to the past never ends well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWbFni6_25Y

(spoiler alert if you haven't seen the movie)

The Ruskies already sent their tachyons back in time and wrote the article on tachyons. Discovering time travel by time travel is a neat trick.

His genre is called paranoid fiction. That ordinary folks would use computers to become mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing experts is fiction, and paranoid. They are the same media-obsessed, passive viewers of entertainment as always. An aside, here's the link to the record in the FTC case against Google/YouTube that had Cowen all worked up about "piercing the veil" and holding boy wonders legally liable for their outrageous conduct, in this case manipulating children: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/172-3083/google-llc-youtube-llc It's the dissenting statements of Chopra and Slaughter that had Cowen in a lather about ending freedom as we know it.

His short from Electric Dreams, "Autofac", addressed automation. Amazon's Prime Video of the same reinterprets it with a succinct economic lesson.

Can't have production without consumption.

Replace workers with robots and you of necessity replace consumers with robots.

Otherwise, what's the point of production, or even the economy.

Most workers can be robots while most consumers will be high level welfare recipients or service providers in an economy increasingly focused on special service jobs for the elite or high end, high skilled professions beyond the reach of automation. Small wealthy elite, large, heavily sedated but comfortable hoi polloi.

"Small wealthy elite, large, heavily sedated but comfortable hoi polloi."

This is not the future, it's the present.

And the same for 5000 years, except that the hoi polloi wasn't comfortable. So that's progress.

Neither came true.

If Russians are changing History by changing tachyons to the past, how could we know? Is it how they elected President Trump? Would any of us be aware of the changes? I vividly recall President Clinton II leading the polls.

While Truth has no obligation to be interesting, Hypothesis does.

That's why its called science FICTION, Bob from Ohio.

No one could have predicted.

In the 1960'and 1970's, people protested genocide, racism, war, etc. In the 2010's, it's chicken sandwiches.

...you don't see any protesting of racism these days?

Good point. The suit against Harvard has revealed that it is as racist as ever.

Maybe Asians should try to study in Japan.

Maybe the Democrats who run Harvard shouldn't take FDR as their model for how to treat Asian-Americans.

I see people (Democrats) too stupid to govern calling tens of millions of voters, "racists!"

Made my day! ". . . mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing experts." I can't stop laughing.

I think I can process at least ten sitcoms a day.

That '95 prediction looks conventional for then, quaint for now.

Maybe AI will save us!

"Using tachyons (particles that move backward in time) as a carrier, the Soviet Union will attempt to alter the past with scientific information."

Or tell Stalin to not trust that Hitler guy.

what was the topic again? cunts ...

Insert some combination of "The future always gets here too fast and in the wrong order" and "History may not repeat itself but it certainly rhymes."

2010: Using tachyons (particles that move backward in time) as a carrier, the Soviet Union scientists attempted to alter the past with scientific information.

They succeeded, but only partially. They got rid of the Soviet system, but the mentally alert, highly trained, information-processing-expert public was wiped out as a side-effect.

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