Introduction

The car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed

There is a plan for the future

On 28 June 1914 the Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in his car in Sarajevo. It was the act that triggered World War I. The war ended with the Armistice of 11 November 1918. Strangely enough the car in which Franz Ferdinand was killed bore licence plate number A III 118, a possible reference to the Armistice of 11-11-18. History may be a script. If there was a plan for the future in 1914, there could be one in place now.

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A few possible scenarios

Machines and algorithms may take over many of our tasks so that humans will become obsolete as workers. Humans will enhance themselves using bio-technology, cyborg engineering and information technology, and evolve into beings that live long and differ from humans existing today. They may create virtual realities with simulations of humans to entertain themselves. Perhaps this already happened.

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Illustration for the first edition of Utopia

Welcome to Utopia

Until very recently nearly everyone lived in abject poverty. Most people had barely enough food to survive. In 1651 the philosopher Thomas Hobbes depicted the life of man as poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Yet, a few centuries later a miracle had happened. Soon we may have nuclear fusion providing us with unlimited energy. That may be the end of poverty.

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The curse of The Omen

Rumours go that some films have been cursed, for example The Poltergeist, Superman and Rosemary’s Baby. Still, the curse of The Omen stands out. This story includes some personal experiences. What happened challenges the laws of probability. You have been warned.

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