WestWorld / S1 (2016)

(Publicado en EastboundR)
“They say that great beasts once roamed this world. Big as mountains. Yet all that’s left of them is bone and amber. Time undoes even the mightiest creatures. Just look what it’s done to you. One day, you will perish. You will like with the rest of your kind in the dirt. Your dreams forgotten, your horrors faced, your muscles will turn to sand, and upon that sand a new God will walk, one that will never die, because this world doesn’t belong to you or the people who came before. It belongs to someone who is yet to come.”
This great line of probably one of the best TV shows today made me think of an idea expressed by paleoanthropologist Yves Coppens in The Most Beautiful Story of The World“It is unsure if we humans are to be the heroes of this story” The “story” being Earth’s geological/biological evolution since its formation. We humans have been here on this planet for a mere million years. How long will we survive? Let’s not forget that there are still like 4.000 million years of Earth history yet to unfold!
So will humans last? How long? And if not, who will their succesors be? And will these be the product of evolution/biology (as we were), or rather the product of (human-derived) technology?
Our descendants, the new masters of the world, will they be of the carbon type? Or rather of the silicon type, like these Westworld “artificial” but increasingly -through experience and change- humanlike creatures?

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