Few people alive todayÂ realize just how different our experience of life isÂ from what we once knew. Today’sÂ objectivity and reason were modes of being only a sliverÂ of us knewÂ in ancient times. As the rays of the Enlightenment spread across the globe, this slowly changed.
Today, logic is so embedded in our lives that we no longer see it. We swim in a primordial sea of virtual intelligence, our material world bending as light refracting inÂ water, to aÂ rising tide of human instruction.
To say we understand our technologyÂ investments is true in the short-term, but notÂ in the long-term. Today, we push our ego-driven engines of development faster and faster â€”Â primarily in search ofÂ economic gains. Over the long-term, we have little understanding ofÂ how these investments will stack up. We have no idea what they will become.
What strikes me most about humanity is the ominous uncertainty of our future. Never has Dickens been more right: these are theÂ best and worst of times; we straddle oblivion on one side and Heaven on Earth on the other.
TheÂ human psyche is ill-prepared for the changesÂ to come. We aren’t just flat-footed in ourÂ economic raceÂ withÂ intelligent machinery; we are unaware of how thisÂ new intelligenceÂ will shift our experience of life. We are about to seeÂ fundamental changes in what isÂ expected ofÂ our minds. The rapidlyÂ rising sea of code will lift theÂ burdens of our logic and objectivity. In that wake, our brains will be left wonderingÂ what it meansÂ to beÂ Human.
Thankfully, the more things change, the more they remainÂ the same. With ourÂ layers of logic moved beyondÂ our organic brains, we are freed to rejoinÂ a Golden Era, a time when our insides led in ways weÂ do not understand today.
Unexpectedly, the gift of machinery, which we give to ourselves, canÂ leave us with aÂ moreÂ meaningful mode of Human Being. But only if we make it so.