The UX of Time

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend”
Theophrastus (Greek Peripatetic philosopher and pupil of Aristotle, 372-287 bc)

Time is a non-renewable energy source.  You can’t unwind the clock.  Time is precious, but I didn’t always think so.  Time used to seem infinite.  Like a refrigerator full of my favorite foods.  Now, it seems like the food is running out and all the stores are closed.  My body is slowly degrading, aching muscles whenever I exercise and fat growing around my neck and belly.  I look at my career and can’t understand how so many years have gone by.  I wonder if I have lost something in the process.

Of course, I should spend my time doing really valuable things like playing with the kids and buying my wife flowers and building a tree house.  Of course, I am not going to do that.  Why?  Because I am human.

Deep down, I hope that by the year 2035, I will be able to scan my brain/soul/personality into a nanobot swarm and replace my body.  I can have my youthful self back.  I will be able to fly and turn invisible and be indestructible.  This is the dream from “The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil.

Then, time will be infinite again.  It will be eternal youth.  Gee, I hope I make it to 2035 with my brain intact.

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