First of all, I'm not sure if there is already a poll like this, I apologize if there is, as I couldn't find any similar. Mods if this is the case, please feel free to delete the thread or merge or move it somewhere.
Ok this a long one, but philosophical nonetheless, so just bear (polar bear?) with me on this one.
I think if society continues on the path its headed right now, our lives will become pointless. Will it happen in this generation? No, but it seems likely in the distant future.
The inspiration for this poll is based on the Disney movie "Wall-E" which made a very good point about human existence in the future. For those who didn't see the movie, it shows that in the future, Earth becomes an utter wasteland, and thus non-inhabitable. The cities and structures are still there, but otherwise the planet is just one huge landfill. The humans direct "clean-up" robots (Wall-E's) to go down and basically clean everything up on Earth.
Meanwhile, humans are out in space, living in huge space stations that cater to everything a human desires. Instead of walking they humans are all wheeled around like they're handicapped. Their bone structure, after many generations, is all but gone and they are all obese. There seems to be no point to the humans' lives in the movie other than to be served and constantly enjoy things.
My question is this. Will this happen to us? Will we become so engrossed with fast-food, self-automation, AI, all this stuff that there is simply no point in living?
These days, people (including me) seem to be spending more time inside on the chair in front of the computer or TV. That's a lot more time spent lazing than our previous generations. It just seems to me that this kind of thing is like an omen of what will eventually happen to the human race.
I mean, already I just imagine that people will want machines that think for them, they won't need to go to school, they won't need to exert energy to eat anything, they'll just be attached to machines and robots and things that automatically do things FOR us.
Will this happen to us?