As for much of the state of culture and popular values – one cannot question too loudly technology trends these days without a rebuke from those whose trust in technology is unwavering. People are already using, developing or investing in digital technology but are we ready to leave earth for Mars? For now when you think about the autonomous car, sensors, artificial intelligence, internet-of-things, genomics – our imaginations go wild. The cool factors aside; jobs are created, innovation thrives, healthcare advances and lives change. All good.
As for the two paths elaborated by Mr. Musk, however, he’s denied the most basic knowledge about the hope of humanity. Hope isn’t left to humankind fleeing toward the planets and starting over nor is it about human intelligence figuring out how to survive “inevitable destruction”. It’s about going way, way beyond the planets to heaven which is God’s promise to those who accept Jesus’ words about his Father. Mr. Musk is right in one regard: earth is not an eternal planet in its present state. From Genesis to Revelation the message is clear: our time here was always heading toward more than extinction but rather, re-creation. The frustration we’ve been subjected to is not eternal. Techno-dreamers, adventurers and hope-filled optimists for humankind are a sign of humanity’s hope even though the science & technology fields apply understanding of things scientifically, empirically, mathematically and logically. The miraculous is not their concern. It’s beyond understanding.
Going back to AI, genomics, neuroscience, precision medicine, robotics and more; throw all of this together and we are still more than concerned about planet Earth’s inevitable destruction Mr. Musk mentioned. Honestly, it’s painful to watch in motion. Sure enough, there was a solution all along and in Jesus the promise of eternally living far, far beyond Mars to Heaven itself is for everyone who dares to believe. No rocket required.