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I’ve often wondered if we haven’t done more to prevent or correct climate change because letting the planet fall apart is easier. It’s less work than changing our industries, our economies, our habits. We see apocalyptic stories and think, “That doesn’t look so bad. There are some survivors, and they get to be resilient and heroic. Surely that would be me.”

Most of these concepts suggest a time when humanity will be abandoned by the gods. Whether or not you believe in a higher power (especially a higher power that created the universe and the Earth), it makes no sense to think they will protect the planet for us. That seems like our job — if we want to continue living here, anyway.
The worsening wildfires, heavy smoke, and dire-looking skies could easily feel like just one more trick 2020 has pulled. But as California Governor Gavin Newsom noted on Instagram, “This isn’t a ‘because… 2020’ thing. This isn’t going away January 1.”
If we wipe ourselves out, Earth will recover. It’s ourselves that we need to save. The sooner we realize that and stop living out our apocalyptic fantasies, the more of us there will be to hold the thin fabric of civilization together.
If we wipe ourselves out, Earth will recover. It’s ourselves that we need to save. The sooner we realize that and stop living out our apocalyptic fantasies, the more of us there will be to hold the thin fabric of civilization together.

Newsom is right. When 2020 is over, these mega-wildfires won’t end. The pandemic won’t end. (Covid-19 is not even a 2020 virus; it’s right there in the name.) Summers won’t cool off. Smoke and ash will keep raining down. The sky will probably turn dark orange again.
At the same time, calling it an apocalypse is arguably taking the easy way out. As I was scrolling through social media, attempting to soothe my jangled nerves, I came across a post that said something like, “Everyone is too quick to call this the apocalypse. It isn’t over yet. We can still fight what’s happening.”
The word “apocalypse” comes from a Greek word meaning “revelation,” “an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling.” Sometimes it’s God doing the unveiling. “Armageddon” comes from the Biblical hill Megiddo, where the last battle between good and evil will be fought. In Norse mythology, the word “Ragnarök” refers to the “Twilight of the Gods”; the German “Götterdämmerung” means the same thing. The Greek word “eschaton” translates to “the final event in the divine plan; the end of the world.”
Apple gets some leeway in terms of ARM-based apps owing to its dominance in the smartphone and tablet space but people don’t get a Macbook for tasks that could be done on an iPhone 12 or an iPad Pro. Apple says their new chips deliver the peak performance of a regular laptop CPU at a quarter of the power draw. It’s clear who their target audience is. Creative professionals expect their apps to run seamlessly on the new ARM CPU, an expectation that Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulation tool intends to satisfy.
I know, people are tired. And I know, there’s a part of our mind that sees a dark orange sky and thinks, “That’s it. The sun is never coming back.” But it is coming back — slowly, and through layers of ash and smoke that have temporarily poisoned the air. We can undo some of what has already been done, and we can keep things from getting much worse.
Right off the bat, Apple bets big on its ARM-powered future with not one but three powerful additions to its Mac lineup, from the diminutive Macbook Air to the desktop-class Mac Mini. With a sprinkling of terms like unified memory architecture, neural engine, and industry-leading 5nm technology, there’s no doubt that the M1 is a powerhouse that packs a punch. Comparing one of its four cores to the performance of its current Intel-powered dual-core Macbook Air set the stage for the next generation of Macbooks. But performance isn’t what I’m worried about.
Apple’s delivery of the capabilities of its devices has changed little over the past decade. But these numbers are impressive, even by Apple standards. The new M1 chip promises performance and endurance hitherto unheard of in the computing space. The power of a workhorse in a device that lasts as long as a smartphone? 20 hours of battery life on a family of devices superior to its predecessors? I wouldn’t be surprised if viewers left Apple’s snazzy keynote with equal parts hope and skepticism.
By any measure, 2020 has been hard. We began the year with massive fires burning in Australia and murmurings on Twitter of an imminent World War III. Then there’s the coronavirus pandemic, which had killed more than 646,000 people worldwide by September 1 and has led to long-term health effects, widespread job loss, and financial uncertainty for many more. Black Lives Matter protests took to the streets across the world, calling for the defunding of police departments. The United States is heading toward a very important election that could determine the future of our democracy. Not to mention the locusts and murder hornets.
Last year, Microsoft partnered with Qualcomm and gunned for the always-connected, ultra-light crown with the Surface Pro X, a $999 2in1 device whose promises don’t sound all that different from Apple’s. All-day battery life with unrivaled performance in a svelte package? It sounded like a tech enthusiast’s dream come to life. The catch? Compatibility.
For a device that costs a thousand dollars, the Surface Pro X’s performance was downright disappointing in the services that worked. While ARM-based apps ran without a hitch, 32-bit apps were a chore regardless of how lightweight they were. Even workplace staples like Slack and Discord ran in an emulator that ended up pushing users towards web-based alternatives. Bizarrely, Microsoft hadn’t figured 64-bit apps emulation out before their snazzy $999 device hit the market, leading to a quick fall from relevance. And while their emulation has certainly improved from its infancy, it didn’t exactly usher in the next generation of computing.