If We Are Erased

Four years ago, I began a series of five volumes on the topic of whether the human species would be erased, and if so by what. Volume One was subtitled "A Catalog of Imaginary Creatures". In light of the ever-increasing dialogue about what A.I. is doing to us, and whether it will eventually eliminate us entirely, I bring you here the libretto of Volume One. In the book it is followed by provocative CAD images of what might replace us.

I knocked on tomorrow's door

But it wouldn't let me in.

So I made up my own tomorrow

With creatures that don't fart

Don't wet their beds

Don't throw up over Mars.

As the borders between living and nonliving begin to dissolve

I imagine a species

That might exist

In the synapses of consciousness

Self-replicating forms

That might not recognize us as their ancestors.

And might not want to.

If we are erased

What will follow?

Meet your new neighbors

Quite possibly you will not be around to greet them

Nor will I.

If we are erased.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2015 - 2019

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