Who is ready for Human 2.0? Do you want to succeed in a new world of integrated hi-technology that is rapidly approaching? Do you have any idea what this is? I will tell you.
The coming world will be composed of a reality based on complexity we cannot even fathom. We don’t have the cortex to solve the problems of an existence lined with non-linear chaos that happens so fast we simply cannot keep up. We can’t even think about it efficiently. We’re simply not built for it. Our brains exist to help us find food, avoid things we fear, reproduce and secondarily maximize things we enjoy. I’m talking about everything – economy, communication/socialization, education, global politics – yes, everything and the insanely complicated relationships between them and the millions and billions of variables that make up the everyday functioning of a world that seems to be diverging exponentially every day.
So how will we exist in this coming world? Not by evolving. That process is too slow. We will have to make an adjustment ourselves and we must start by asking ourselves what can exist under these conditions. The answer is something that can process information faster, understand immensely complex relationships and learn/decide more efficiently: enhanced versions of our own minds.
Let me briefly digress: Powerful networks of processors executing unimaginable numbers of calculations per second are busily churning away every moment of every day for the purpose of enhancing interpersonal communication and earning wealth among other things. We have become mere spectators in this grand and daunting dance of nano-particles and silicon. Why? Because we have limitations. But humans have never been a species to accept limitations, so why should we now?
The answer is, we won’t.
In every techno-prophet’s view of the future, it is man vs. Artificial Intelligence. I guess that is a natural extension of thought, but one that spawns hideous views of a post-Singularity world in which computers dominate the world and eventually kill off humans, not because they don’t like them, but simply in their lust for resources – their conatus for survival.
But we live in a world of Integration, not bifurcation. Human 2.0 is the convergence of homo sapien with technology, not the beginning of some great war with AI.
To answer Rodney King’s question, we can all get along. It’s just a matter of seeing the future for what it is and doing what Human 1.0 does best: react, adjust, advance.