YUVAL NOAH HARARI'S latest forecast of our shared future, in his book : ''In the Kingdom of  Cyborgs'' is one very unique and very original work of the coming cyborg symbiosis.

If human brains are reconditioned by being melded with digital ones, does one really think one can enshrine free will in ''the code''? The very nature of coding is determinism.

IN 1973, a computer programme was developed at MIT to model global sustainability. It predicted that by 2040, our civilization would end.

MANY, many in history have made apocalyptic predictions that have so far failed to materialize. But what the computer envisioned in 1970s has by and large been coming true. Could the machine be right? 

Why the program was created: The prediction, which recently re-appeared in Australian media, was made by a programme dubbed World One. It was originally created by the computer pioneer Jay Forrester, who was commissioned by the Club of Rome to model how well the world could sustain its growth.

The Club of Rome is an organization comprised of thinkers, former world heads of states, scientists, and the UN bureaucrats with the mission to ''promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication and advocacy''.

The Predictions : What World One showed was that by 2040 there would be a global collapse if the expansion of the population and industry was to continue at the present levels.

As reported by the Australian broadcaster ABC, the models calculations took into account trends in pollution levels, population growth, the amount of natural resources and the overall quality of life on Earth.

The model's predictions for the worsening quality of life and the dwindling natural resources have so far been unnervingly on target.

In fact, 2020 is the first milestone envisioned by World One. That's when the quality of life is supposed to drop dramatically. The broadcaster presented this scenario that will lead to the demise of large numbers of people:

''At around 2020, the condition of the planet becomes highly critical.

If we do nothing about it, the quality of life goes down to zero. Pollution becomes so seriously it will start to kill people, which in turn will cause the population to diminish, lower than it was 1900.

At this stage, around 2040 to 2050 civilised life as we know it on this planet will cease to exist.''

Alexander King, the then leader of the Club of Rome, evaluated the programme's results to also mean that nation states will lose their sovereignty, forecasting a New World Order with corporations managing everything.

''Sovereignty of nations is no longer absolute,'' King told ABC. ''There is a gradual diminishing of sovereignty, little bit by little bit. Even in the big nations, this will happen.''

How did the programme work? World One, the computer program, looked at the world as one system. The report called it ''an electronic guided tour of our behaviour since 1900 and where that behaviour will lead us''.

The program produced graphs that showed what would happen to the planet decades into the future. It plotted statistics and forecasts for such variable as population, quality of life, the supply of natural resources, pollution and more.

Following the trend lines, one could see where the crisis might take place.

The World Students Society thanks author and researcher, Paul Ratner.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare for Great Global Elections and ''register'' on : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter !E-WOW! - the Ecosystem 2011:

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