Before you get in your time machine and travel forward to the year 2078 make sure you do 2 things:
- Look up when dangerous asteroids (see “Bennu”) are about to hit the planet and visit a future point in the years BEFORE these events happen. Bennu might hit Earth in 2082, so I’d visit prior to that. Future technology will probably take care of this issue, but there are no guarantees in life.
- Make sure you hire a Dr. (in 2021) with an updated vaccine waiting exactly where you land in the future.
You see, the 2021 version of your body has immunities up to THIS point in time, so all the nasty virulent stuff that pops up in the next few decades will surely kill you. And yes, Covid19 is NOT going to be the last nasty pathogen that whacks the human race.
Of course, 40 or 50 years from now vaccines might not be needed at all because medical technology will be far better than today, assuming that humany sontinues along our current path without any macro disruptions.
Someone with 2021 natural immunities who finds themself in 2078 will be like the indigenous people who met Europeans carrying smallpox 300 years ago. Entire villages were wiped out.
Read “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond.
Great book. He talks about how easy it was to just march over indigenous people because they would be very sick within a few weeks of first contact. Sadly, the Europeans conquerors saw this as “God’s favor” on the Europeans.
Not true, the North American people had merely been isolated from European pathogens. They had zero natural immunity.
Just like a time traveler.
This is what I’m thinking about today.
August 17th, 2021