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Will a "Golden age" ever happen again? And if so, when?

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So the 2020's..... It's kinda... Awful??

In general, I think the start of the 2020s has been very disappointing and scary even. It feels like the start of major collapses across our society. It's getting harder and harder to latch onto hope and not become a doomer about it all. Heck, it's even getting to the point where I'm looking back at the 2010s in a positive light which is pretty shocking. But life is full of losses so I want to embrace the time period and stick through it if you will.

Anyways what I mean by "Golden age" refers to time periods like the 1980s where everything seemed great (Movies, Games, Music, etc) and life was generally pretty normal for the average person. Optimistic if you will.

So to everyone reading, I could really use a hopium pill right now. When will the new golden age of society happen?
 
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every empire has one or multiple golden age before their eventual death, american biggest golden age was from 1950s to 2001, when they rised themselves to be the world superpower and the dominant cultural force in the world, i mean, i'm not even american and i know how to speak english, to be honest at this point i do think that golden ages are something we made for ourselves, you are the one who decides if life is gonna be a downwards spiral or a success mountain, you are the rule of your own destiny, society is never gonna be the one telling you waht is good or what is bad, if you think what you see is bad, you might be living in a dark age.

I to be honest i'm glad to being borned in the 2002, for my points of view, and the way i see life, we have in our hand a big extention of knowledge, to develop a more critical thinking, know about the rest of the world, being more counsciouss about your surroundings, you can see anything, and that is not something someone from 1985 could do that easily, and to be honest, i'm living my golden era, i'm graduating from college next year, i'm gonna married the exact same year aswell, i'm moving out of this hellhole, i'm learning new skills, knowing more people, improving myself and my family, i even got a job as freelancer while i study, i don't know, but i can't care less about the world, to me, i live the golden age.
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I could really use a hopium pill right now. When will the new golden age of society happen?
Just like Rome wasn't built in a day it wasn't destroyed in a day either. Pax Americana might be on its way out. Maybe we're in for a period of darkness. All in all though, these things are historical, far beyond the scope of what most individuals can affect, and take time. Just live the best life you can live and don't worry too much about whether or not the past was better than the present in some abstract historical sense. As long as God's in his Heaven then all's right in the world.
 
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Don't worry: it's the third time in a row that the 20s are not that great. It just happens, and we all need have patience
 
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We're kinda already living in one of the worst economic recessions so when it all ends, which it will; it's only up from here. A historical example would be that both world wars were followed by the roaring '20s and '50s.
 
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There are always ups and downs. The 70s & 80s had inflation worse than we have now and high unemployment on top of everyone worrying about the US and Russia nuking each other. The 90s were pretty sweet, not gonna lie. You had a steep decline in puritanism combined but political correctness wasn't taken very seriously. The 2000s had 9/11 and everyone being scared of terrorists for a couple years.

There's always bullshit.
 
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When will the new golden age of society happen?
The thing about golden ages is that we often don't realize they're happening until after they're over. We tend took look at the past and recognize that it's better than what we have today. But the reality is that the past wasn't perfect either, we just choose to focus on the good parts. Some stuff was better in the past, and some stuff is better now.

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. There is a high chance that the society you live in is collapsing. Meanwhile another society somewhere else in the globe might be going through business as usual. And likewise when your society heals there might be chaos somewhere else. It happens all the time, and yet despite being more connected that ever before we still tend to view our problems as if they're also affecting everyone else in the world. Life in my country is fine right now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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A Golden Age is marked by advancements in the arts and sciences. Here is how the 21st century could be a new "Golden Age," in a dystopian sense; some might refer to this as a dark age instead.

Generative AI - e.g., Stable Diffusion, ChatGPT, and Copilot - augment the talents of artists, animators, authors, and poets. Technology shifts toward human-machine interaction through natural language, where machines become more "human."

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) such as Neuralink augment intelligence. People compose messages and do tasks at the speed of thought. Simultaneously, personal assistants trained in internet data are the mediators between humans and the wider internet. In a sense, then, we become "schizophrenics" consulting with voices in our heads. A human thirty years in the future will consult with AI assistants for the vast majority of their decisions, thus making brain chips indispensable and triggering another revolution in human evolution.

The world population is collapsing due to low fertility rates; humanity survives due to the robotic and secretarial automation of human work. Even scientific advancements largely come from specialized agents running millions of tests in virtual simulations. Humans spend most of their time in virtual simulations, befriending virtual personalities, and using voice or thought commands to build programs, games, art, and other assets. Public acceptance of artificial intelligence has skyrocketed due to the overwhelming convenience and ubiquitous nature of virtual assistants.

SpaceX in collaboration with NASA and other contractors has established the first human Mars settlement. Elon Musk is venerated as a god of the new future since he is the face of the Mars missions and brain chips. Starlink covers the entire earth and there is no land on earth that is too obscure to connect to the internet. At this point, the blur between the internet, technology, and reality is very blurred. People rarely turn off their brain chips and other prosthetics to live "naked." Virtual simulations are the hubs for entertainment, commerce, adventure, companionship, and much more. Existentialism is rampant as people live increasingly in worlds of their own design; traditional corporate work is no longer required for a large portion of the population.

"Dead Internet Theory" is true and ahead of the curve. Artificial intelligence exceeds biological intelligence in terms of entities online and content produced. It's impossible to know if a given piece of writing or media was written by a human, a human with the help of AI, or entirely by AI. People are in virtual worlds and communities where they could be the only human entity among one-million artificial entities -- it's impossible to know.

TL;DR: By 2100, most humans have brain chips, there is a sizable Mars colony, artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence in net output, and consensus reality is shattered for most people.
 
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