Future’s past memoirs

This story was originally published on Medium.

07/03/73 PC

Majestic, aren’t they!” said a calm, tender voice next to me. I nodded and glanced into the distance ahead of us. My original plan of dozing off for a few minutes before reaching the final destination of my weekend trip was seemingly thwarted by a chatty old lady sitting next to me. “Where are you headed, young man?” asked she, as she looked up at me with her wrinkly eyes. “Tijuana…, I am coming home for the weekend to…ehm, well it’s a family lunch,” have I replied sluggishly as I was still trying to focus my eyes on the Giza plateau ahead of us. Even now, many years after the archeologists fully mapped out and understood what used to be considered one of the biggest mysteries of the world, kept the pyramids their air of mystery and magnificent allure. “How sweet of you! Do you come home often?” asked me the lady in a hope to get the conversation going. “At least once a month! Although my mom is an avid traveler and she just loves Kabul, even though…,” have I continued when a loud laughter and a nudge in my ribs interrupted me. A voice on the other side of the aisle exclaimed suddenly, “So?! Did you miss me bro? You better, it’s been a while!” I twitched my body in a response to the nudge but quickly grew ecstatic and overjoyed! My brother has just returned from his third exploratory mission of the Mayall’s Object in the constellation of Ursa Major. “So you did get my message!?” I shouted euphorically. The operator said thxere was a lot of ionizing radiation in your quadrant due to the massive coronal mass ejection from a nearby star. “Phfff, that was nothing we couldn’t handle!” shunned Jorge my concerns. “We came back earlier, so I quickly located you and used QUAT[1] to get over here,” I can’t wait for us to be together again!

My brother Jorge joined the Space Exploratory Agency only a few years ago, just before the heyday of the intergalactic space missions began in earnest. Whenever he managed to come back home to Earth he would crash at my place in Kabul and we would always have a great time as me and my friends all listened to his stories from the galaxies far, far away.

So how is Kabul?” asked Jorge. “It’s been great! The final phase of the Global Restorative Program (GRP), just kicked in. The place has been really revived over the last couple of years!

As many other places around the world that have been decimated by war and violent behavior manifested by the various nation states of what is now referred to as ‘pre-civilized’ world, Kabul has been completely rebuilt and its environment restored. In the post-transition period, the GRP program included some stunningly innovative technologies, such as Nano-Scale Material Disintegration and Recycling System or, the so called, PRoM [2], Predictive Rendering of Minerals. These two technologies proved to be indispensable in the years that followed the program kick-off and saw most of the habitat being revitalized while pre-fabricated residential hubs were 3D printed into existence. What used to be mostly a radioactive, barren wasteland has been transformed in only about 10 years into a lush burgeoning garden. Kabul has then become a new up and coming metropolitan area with an intercontinental transport hub and intra-galactic launch pad.

Coming to Tijuana always invoked a lot of childhood memories. Sure, just like every other place, Tijuana also had its history and former reputation drawn from the primitive social organization and territorial dissection of the planet. The preceding state of global affairs was indeed a very dark place in which an outdated and stupefyingly dumb socio-economic system nearly destroyed the planet’s capacity to support complex life forms. Personally, I am not old enough to remember but my grandparents’ journals are full of stories we now find hard to comprehend.

As my brother and I kept busy catching up on the last year and half of our lives, the train operating systems announced the next stop, “Dear Passengers, shortly will we arrive to Tijuana, thank you for traveling with Spherio!” “Yupieee, I am so excited to back home again!” shouted Jorge as he grabbed his bag and rushed out.

Spherio, a global Evacuated Tube Transport Technology [3], was fully deployed at the end of the Great Transition — the time during which we segued from monetary-market economics to the current paradigm. As such, the system infrastructure is modeled based on the planetary geographic coordinate system of latitude and longitude lines with a number of auxiliary lines completing the main grid. At the onset, ET3 faced quite some headwinds as it represented a completely unparalleled way of transportation. Even now, decades after its introduction one can sometimes catch a glimpse of trepidation in the eyes of the older passengers as the pods begin to accelerate. At the maximum travel speed of 6,500 km/h, Kabul — Tijuana takes a little less than two hours.

Coming back home was always very rewarding largely because of the massive improvements experienced by the region. In fact, the entire Mesoamerica has seen a lot of changes in the previous years. Right after the global society stabilized the global climate, we tackled the next challenge that plague the so called Ring of Fire for a very long time. A system of measures commonly referred to as ‘Tectonic Stability System’ was introduced to pinpoint and safely release any imminent seismic threats that could put lives in jeopardy. If you went to Tijuana only a generation ago, the place still looked pretty barren compared to its contemporary image. Furthermore, the region hugely benefited from the deployment of Cybernated Farm Systems (CFS) [4], a fully automated Smart Aquaponic Greenhouse system, which eliminated the gap between global food production and distribution of clean, healthy foods to the people of the world. CFS systems played a major role in phasing out the 17th century styled agriculture, which wasted water, ruined soils and climate and suffered from capricious weather.

As we approached our parents’ house, my brother and I greeted familiar faces from our past. Tijuana has for a long time now been one of the world’s most important centers of artistic expression. The main reason was the role arts played in communicating global socio-economic changes prior to the beginning of the Great Transition. To a large extent, arts became one of the main international languages and a powerful vehicle for global change.

Zigzagging around my home-town led me to reminisce about my childhood in Tijuana. By now, I’ve known the way home backwards. First, Cerro Colorado, a place where the famous ‘common heritage’ speech heralding a new era in Earth’s history was delivered, followed by my Alma mater — The Academy of Curiosity & Experimentation, and, finally, a large mural embellished with a quote that become an ethos of the pre-transition times, ‘You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.’ We were home!

[1] QUAT is a technology based on quantum entanglement that revolutionized intra- and intergalactic transportation in the late 21st century by means of quantum teleportation.

[2] Predictive Rendering of Materials was developed specifically for the purpose of tackling mineral and inorganic substance shortages around the world without the need for mining which was phased out as a primitive and destructive method of mineral acquisition.

[3] Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3) is a technology based on the application of the High Temperature Superconductive Maglev in vacuum. At the height of its maximum speed the equatorial ET3 line takes about 6 hours and 10 minutes to circle the earth. More info available here.

[4] https://www.cyberfarmsystems.com/

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