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As memories of the pre-Covid ‘old normal’ and real life fade, it’s time to relax and enjoy a Zoom vacation or attend a Zoom orgy. But is this actually the sort of virtual new world we want to ‘live’ in?

Even as World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab admitted months into the Covid-19 pandemic that the https://archive.is/xaL7l" data-sk="tooltip_parent">outbreak was hardly the “new existential threat” the world was being told, humanity was being sold the idea that technology was our only hope for the future – and not just any kind of technology. 

Transhumanism, a tech-based philosophy that seeks to merge our organic bodies with computerized enhancements, has been hailed by the likes of SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk as humankind’s only option for “surviving” the rise of sentient machines – with the additional perk that as Earth continues to slide into a drought-ridden hellscape, those who miss the past can just jack in to their own private VR nostalgia trip – and stay there forever, collecting universal basic income and hopefully remembering to eat and drink once in a while.

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