In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Banks lays out a 10-point vision of the future. Alas, the reasoning for some of these predictions is missing. The rest of the world may never know why a 120-year-old pregnant woman with curly hair will need a pep talk from her robot.
Whatever the reason, that’s exactly what could happen.
Most of Banks’ predictions are image-based, not surprising for a woman who has made such concerns into her life’s work. Plastic surgery, for example, plays a large part in her vision of the future. According to Banks, our future selves will get surgery “as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol.” That could be literal too, since the former model and TV personality talks about pill-based beauty enhancements in addition to the standard surgeries.
What sorts of modifications will people want? Banks sees individuality and unique looks as the norm, along with a curvy figure to show off food consumption in a global-warming world. If people aren’t beautiful enough, robots will step in to the modeling world — when they’re not working as corporate-sponsored helpmates, that is.
Interestingly, Banks writes herself out of a job, saying that when robots take over, “models will be as relevant as a horse and buggy.” That makes sense in a world where curly hair comes from a serum, eye color is chosen by parents, and women will be empowered and having babies well into their triple digits.
It’s an odd view of the future, maybe, but there are some entertaining parts to it as well.