Times are changing and so is parenting. Around 100 years ago, many children went to school at home and probably didn’t have homework outside of household chores. Plus, in 1916, the average person’s life expectancy was 47 years old. In addition, children were more likely to die before the age of five. Not so today. If you look to 100 years from now, women will probably be able to conceive even past their 70s.
In fact, men might even be able to conceive. But, more than that, people might shun natural birth in favor of baby farms. Pick your ideal baby based on gender, eye color, hair color, IQ and more. Isn’t that what we’ve learned to expect from a myriad of sci-fi movies? Perhaps, 100 yeara from now, there will be a cure for cancer, AIDS and even heartbreak.
Some scientists say that romantic relationships with robots will be the norm in about 10 years–or around 2026. If that’s the case, then baby farms might not be too off the mark. Perhaps we can even freeze our aging process to maintain our teenage bodies but keep our adult wisdom. Wouldn’t that be a perfect world? We might not even live on earth as we know it.
A 100 years from now, we could be living on Mars or another undiscovered planet in a galaxy far, far away. Still, children will need parents. So, what might happen?
Elon Musk predicts that robots and artificial will take all of our jobs, and the government will essentially give us a monthly wage to live on. If that’s the case, then families may be closer than ever. When parents no longer have to work, they can be at home with the children.
Or, if the children were purchased from a baby farm, then perhaps one parent is human and the other a robot. On the other hand, you could be 100 years old and have a baby. So, in that regard, parenting will change in terms of the types of morals and lessons a parent might pass on.
For instance, a 25-year-old parent will have a different view on life relative to a 100-year-old parent. Plus, if a robot is one of the parents, will it impart genius-level knowledge?
Today, most parenting occurs in person. With the advances in augmented reality, parents don’t even have to be around. What if the parent is an augmented version of themselves? Then, the parent can be anywhere the child is. The child can essentially keep their parent as an app, available anytime and anywhere.
Make memories from the couch
Again, through augmented reality, there won’t be any need to travel on airplanes. Plus, if you’re living on a government wage, this can cut down on travel costs significantly. Instead of saving for the dream family vacation, everyone can take part through virtual reality.
A 100 years from now, the technology will be so advanced that you can see and smell the sights and sounds as if you were actually there. This includes touch. Why spend $200 on a theme park ticket, when you can visit from your sofa? In this regard, you can travel the world in a day. Talk about making family memories.
Since people will be dating robots, parents may have to decide what types of robots their children will be allowed to date. A century from now, there will be many different types with varying personalities. Plus, there may also be associated costs. So, like human dating, parents will have to set the boundaries for what is and isn’t acceptable in their child’s dating life.
In the future, you might be able to upload your consciousness and live forever as a robot. This means you can continue to raise and rear kids for as long as your robot body works. There wouldn’t be any transition period to worry about since the child only knows your robot self.
Think of all the activities you’ll get to participate in when you no longer have to worry about eating, sleeping or aches and pains. You can play all manner of sports with your kids. You can even stay up with them to watch hologram Netflix movie marathons.
No need to go to bed early for you. You can stay up all night fixing lunches, cleaning the house and more. If you could stay up 24 hours a day, every day, with no consequences–what would you do? If you needed to learn something, all you would have to do is download it.
Again, we might be living on another planet in 100 years–or perhaps several new planets will be inhabited by humans. Depending on the atmosphere, we might have to alter our lifestyles. You might think of the Jetsons, flying to and from buildings. We might live in a high-rise thousands of stories high–reaching the clouds. So, parenting would involve teaching our children how to fly and live in a world that humans are still getting accustomed to.
A 100 years from now is anyone’s guess as to what types of morals will be trending. It may revolve around preventing artificial intelligence from destroying the human race altogether.
So, pro-human parents may teach their children how to prevent that from happening. On the other side, pro-AI and anti-human parents will be teaching the opposite. Of course, robots will have an unfair advantage against humans since they don’t have to deal with the vulnerabilities present in a human body.
On the other hand, there may be robots that take up on behalf of the human race. Those against humans may argue that humans have done nothing except destroy the world and should–therefore–be destroyed. Those supporting humans will state that humans created robots and artificial intelligence, they created space travel and are capable of creating much more–so, they are needed. As a result, parents of the future will have the decide what train of thought they will impart upon their children.
If we upload our consciousness into the CPU of a robot, some of us may be alive 100 years from now and beyond. Certainly, parenting will have to change in response to the evolution of technology. One thing that will remain the same is most parents will love and want what’s best for their children.