The robots will replace some jobs but they won’t get rid of work. Technology is shaping and mutating culture, education surveillance, healthcare, propaganda, media, war and behind it is all is business. Will every inch of this world be privatised. What will privatisation even look like in twenty or fifty years?
Will there still be any public space or only ‘public order’. Who will enforce it? Police? They will be busy managing the result of an ecosystem in decline. More prisons will be built, more walls and borders. Are people being kept out or in?
Who or what will be the big global powers in 100 years and what of the
nation state? Will war just last forever now or did it ever end? Will
there be a new re-imagining of democracy and the fight for it - or are we on the
road to fascist hell with microchips in our skulls.
It is all deeply uncertain but what about Ireland in just a few short years?
Imagine the year 2020
Miriam O'Callaghan is president.
Monsanto Cola Sachs McDonalds LTD, the company formerly known as Irish
Water, is in the process of restructuring. Your bill is €900 pa,
non-executive director Phil Hogan is paid €479,652 and the pipes were
The majestic faces of Denis O'Brien, Michael O'Leary & Lucinda Creighton have been carved into the side of Benbulbin.
Irish politicians have promised to conduct an all-party review on the
possibility of ordering a scoping exercise into establishing a working
group to examine the potential for holding a referendum on the eighth
amendment, sometime after the next election.
Diageo have released a special Fergus Finlay brand of Lager. €26 a pint in Temple Bar.
All hospitals north of Athlone and west of the Shannon have been
closed. Some suitable buildings have been converted into workhouses
owned by Peter Sutherland.
All remaining hospitals have been
“streamlined” into a “one stop shop” called “ProfitMed”. The bed
shortage problem was solved by simply getting rid of beds. Now the daily
number on trolleys is seen as a measure of success and for those
sleeping in the carpark, envy.
Health Minister Eddie Hobbs, on
the recommendation of advisers Norah Casey & Bressie, has just
launched a new 'national mental health initiative’ in which the
bewildered and still heavily indebted population are herded into 80,000
capacity 'mandatory smile meetings’ hosted by Hector. Despite initial
hiccups, the minister promised waiting time for places should be down
eighteen months by 2036.
Average rent in Dublin is fifteen grand a
month, “a bargain” according Karl Deeter noting “the city centre is
really only one bus from Longford”.
Ireland continues to “punch
above its weight” in the lucrative perpetual global war market after
Shannon Airport was, for the third consecutive year, awarded Best Value
Café of any “rendition hub” west of Fallujah. The begrudgers laughed
when the idea of catering provided entirely by robot was first mooted.
After four years on the run, John Waters has been captured and forced to marry David Quinn at gunpoint.
All newspapers have gone bankrupt, some almost immediately after the
Graham Dwyer trial ended, however the TV licence is still collected, by
drone. The Irish media now consists entirely of The 24hr Pat Rabbitte
Show on RTÉ, pausing occasionally for the Angelus, and TheJournal.ie
posting twitter reaction to the Pat Rabbitte Show.
Bauer Holtzmann III, the Prime Minister of Greece, has just been removed
from office by military for being too slow with 'reforms’.