“Jesus was way cool. Everybody liked Jesus.”
Posit: weaponized AIs that can identify, with a very high rate of success, gifted children who will (in 5, 10, 20 years) be wildly successful in their endeavors, be that basketball, mathematics, rocketry, logistics, piano.
The nation-state controls these AIs.
The nation-state then takes that child’s parents and siblings and imprisons them. It can be a nice prison, of course.
The gifted child, once successful, understands he must never leave, else his family’s prison turn harsh.
Fantastical? Only just.
I like to envision the fantastical. I like also to posit alternate histories, imagine alighting between just-touching universes, or crossing the sims, whichever is easiest for you to envision.
In what sim is the brilliant, hard-charging, visionary Elon Musk operating a giant Ponzi scheme, taking in billions and billions of dollars from taxpayers to fund a variety of (green!) (sustainable!) (tech!) (good jobs!) enterprises that will never succeed because they can never reach net profit?
Another one: In what sim is Elon Musk the Propaganda Minister of The Government?
Preparing us all for the inevitable?
Know this: not all will survive World War 3.
Most will die.
You, your spouse, your children, your friends, colleagues, nearly everyone you know wiped out in the massively scalable partially nuclear conflagration that leaves just over 6 billion humans dead in under 3 years.
But for those of us that survive?
There is hope.
We will need solar power infrastructure — the traditional power grid is long since wiped out.
We will need clean water and shelter, shelter maintained via the power collected, stored, and generated from solar panels, panels which power the many “powerwalls” inside our shelters, and inside our meeting places and the reconstructed offices where we begin anew the efforts to establish a government, a economy, a society.
Can’t distribute oil, obviously, so the few cars that remain don’t operate. But the Teslas do.
Oh, and how did I survive?
Like the Londoners who took to the subway tunnels in World War 2, I was inside the tunnels that Musk’s company bored throughout the country. These saved millions of us.
We still have some far-reaching and highly reliable communications links thanks to the satellites Musk put into orbit.
We make regular use of the wise, humanized AI which Musk supported. It’s knowledge and care now help guide us out of these new dark ages quickly.
And our leaders? The billionaires?
They are safe, on Mars.
On the colony Musk established.
They will return once we’ve re-established order.
Musk couldn’t save everyone, of course, that’s just not realistic.