What will happen when the world ends?


Have you ever thought about the end of the world? What do you think it’ll look like? Will it be the zombies, the robots, the aliens, disease, global warming, or a nuclear war? Could it happen this year, next year, in ten years or in fifty years? Truth be told, no one really knows the future of the human race.

So, why are some members of the upper class starting to prepare themselves for it? If, like me, you are having flashbacks to ‘2012’ (that really awful film with the John Cusack) you might remember all of the rich people getting on the boat and allowing the poor to drown. - *Adds flood to the list of things that might kill us all*

During conversations with Douglas Rushkoff, several very wealthy hedge fund managers allegedly broached the subject.

They quizzed Rushkoff, an expert on the philosophy of technology, about how to maintain the loyalty of their guards and servants if such an event did occur. They asked him about how they would pay their guards if money was no longer of any value and if they should use robots instead of humans if the technology was advanced enough.


These men speculated about using “special combination locks on the food supply” or “making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival”. It apparently doesn’t take much for us to revert back to keeping slaves.

According to Rushkoff, these men discussed their plans in detail, they told him that their “bunker systems” were complete.


It makes me wonder how many billionaires have thought this far ahead. Is Mark Zuckerberg currently tunnelling beneath his house? Will we find a secret spaceship in Bill Gates’ garage? Is that why Richard Branson is so keen to get his space program off the ground?

Of course, this is all just speculation. But if these men and women are making preparations, should we be? We thought those Doomsday preppers were crazy, but do they all know something we don’t?

I think more unsettling than the idea of the end of the world (even though zombie movies literally scare me to death) is the idea that we would knowingly allow each other to perish and enslave any other survivors.

Apparently, our world is still “every man for himself”. Though this is a different rant entirely!

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