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A concise history of the humankind



The Karlberg corollary to Aschenbach's lemma: Every sufficiently intelligent conscious being commits suicide.

The human civilization raised on its feet during a warm interglacial period. As the hunter-gatheres invented agriculture, the road was open to cities, an essential step towards centered administration and the improvements that were required in managing with it. Of the old centers of civilization the three kingdoms of Egypt have fascinated people because of Egyptian achievements at architecture, arts and medicine, as well as their obsession of death.

The next event which thoroughly changed the path of actions was the industrial revolution, which enabled almost unlimited production rates when compared to the hand-made goods. In its wake was to follow the informal revolution but a global unstability of the world economy delayed the process.

The travelling style of the 21st century life gave the HLRV-series pandemic free hands to decimate the human population. This was followed by an economical collapse and global anarchy. The first warnings of the catasthrophe were seen already during the 20th century but the "lowest common factor" law of public interest prevented any prohibitive actions from taking place.

22nd to 24th century were later called the second dark age. A significant amount of cultural and scientific inheritage of the humankind was lost during the chaotic events of the early 22nd c. The plagues reshaped the whole psychological profile of the planet. A typical individual of the time was a cynical introvert who avoided physical contact at any cost. Some went cyber and they became the equivalent of medieval monks conserving the remnants of the knowledge of a lost civilization in their virtual monasteries.

The new rise that started from the 25th century was one of the steadiest periods of global growth in the history. Because the industrial period had mindlessly wasted a great deal of the most profitable material resources of Earth, the impetus for the growth was given by the appearing nanotechnology (NT) which reached its mature state by the end of the 28th century. The rise however continued until the saturation point was reached during the 30th century.

The fourth millennium was a golden age on Earth. Advances in molecular biology finally removed the burden of diseases. After 500 years of hard work and idealism the large majority turned to hedonism. Sociologists still argue whether the growth ceased because of the turn in peoples values or vice versa. The growth continued, however, in the off-world colonies after the development of the stellar boosters also known as Casimir engines.

Towards the end of the 4th millennium different kinds of problems started to accumulate. Of course it was no more quite meaningful to speak about global tendencies, since the 23 existing major worlds pronouncedly deviated from the home system and from each other. The most apparent cause of discrepancy between systems was the policy regarding the evident 3952 alien message from the other side of the galaxy.

The 5th millennium came with a new type of apathy. AIs had exceeded in cabability their human makers and the gears of progress were running well. It was just that people realized that they would run even better without humans. The visions of the future were completely lost and depressed souls wandered around virtual worlds without a goal. During the 6th and 7th millennium the creators finally merged with their creation - that was the end of the physical human. Then came the Revelation.

The 7192 Revelation can be seen as the end of the childhood of the humankind. Humans had left their bodies of flesh and blood behind and the reinvention of the equations of Turing opened their eyes to see the final fate of humans even if they did not understand why.

It is interesting to see how long it took to digest the situation, and how the universal sense of duty infiltrated the actions after that. The humankind was still to make its most wonderful achievements when, beginning at the 17th millennium, it tore down the cloth of spacetime and weaved a new one instead, establishing the age of the empire. Humans were powerful spirits of the universe, using stars as their footholds and creating worlds according to their will, but they did all of this with a sad smile on their face.

As the universe became too small for the people, the age of the empire ended and all the myriads of beings created their own universes. There they forgot everything about the past and recreated themselves from scratch. What took some millions of years in the eyes of an outside observer might have been billions of years in those universes, hence the age of civilizations only refers to time in the mother universe, when each being was a whole civilization on its own.

Finally came the age of reunition. The descendants of the humankind came back together to see what they had become. With great mutual understanding the history was vindicated and the loose threads weaved back in the tapestry. The whole of the humankind thorough the ages was resurrected and joined to the unity. Having fulfilled its task, the consciousness came to nothing with dignity and the space was empty and calm to the borders of infinity.



Teemu Mäkinen (teemu.makinen@fmi.fi)