I was lucky enough to be able to watch “The Incredible Bert Wonderstone” yesterday morning. I say lucky because I needed to waste a few hours in the morning and it was the first thing to come on TV and I couldn’t find the remote. What I was lucky enough to be able to do is not wake the baby sleeping in my arms by laughing at all.
What it made me realise is that there is no such thing as magic, it’s all just an illusion. As Arthur C. Clarke said:
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
So rather than be imbued with mystical powers I will exchange this for a great intellect that will allow me to appear like a deity before the world.
I realise this is treading very closely on the toes of Neo, but I wouldn’t want to free people from the Matrix, I would opt for the Agent Smith version of control. I would of course be terribly benevolent as a dictator, certainly more Anna Wintour than Kim Yong-Un.
Being able to control the world’s technology would give the person in charge unmeasurable power. Finance is purely digital today and being able to move the decimal place at will on your bank account will open up the ability to buy what ever you want. Whether that is a nice new Ferrari or influence with politicians. For the right price you could be the one with power.
As well as controlling the flow of information I could also use my powers to create machines capable of staggering feats. Being able to travel at the speed of light, teleportation, holodecks or the ability to synthesise any food would make me look like a magician. Or someone who has stolen all his ideas from Star Trek.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Do you Believe in Magic?.”