Isaac Newton predicted the end of life as we know it in about 2060. Various computer analyses estimate the date as 2040. Coincidentally, 2040 is also the early target for when artificial intelligence may initiate the Digital Singularity. That’s also an estimate for things like commercial fusion, the adoption of life-sustaining technologies, and the colonization of space. This isn’t about a specific news story, analysis, or prediction; but it is a moment to note the collection of events happening nearly simultaneously. Political, societal, and demographic shifts are heading to similar cruxes. This will be a very interesting time, and the reason to keep following news for people who are eager and anxious about the future – and pretending not to panic.

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