The year is 2308. Machines dominate industry. The muscle mass of the world has been made obsolete. The six phases of mechanisation are complete.
First came the geometrical tricks, those neat extensions of man’s brute strength. Levers, pulleys, yokes, wheels and other such magnifiers of raw animal power allowed man to settle and multiply. Man was released from the limits of his body.
The second phase was the harnessing and direction of energy, which let man and beast burst beyond the barriers of even their magnified output, accelerating progress and making life comfortable. Man was released from the limits of his power.
Next came processing; unleashing logic at the speed of light. Now the machines were not only stronger and faster, but they were smarter too, if in a dumb way. Man was released from the limits of his mind.
Automation was the next logical step. The machines got smarter. The machines learned to learn. There was barely a task they could not complete, once they were self-sufficient. Man was released from the limits of his management.
Fifth was the development of emotions. The machines learned to feel. The creative bastions of humankind were no more. Man was released from the limits of his art.
Lastly, cognisance emerged. Or perhaps it is more correct to say that man and machine converged. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Man was released from the limits of his ego a long time ago.
Maybe that’s why there are so few humans left. How could they compete with a super-ego? I’ve never seen one, but I hear there’s a breeding program to try and save the few remaining in the wild. Would you like to make a donation?