It has been a strange few days. There is the model of what the normal word is like. Then there is the model that I have known for the past 30 years, which was how to blend the work and normal life together. In essence, you brains never really shut down or off, nor do you stop looking and learning and changing to try to better yourself in some way each day.
Am I just dense in assuming people have a myriad of interests and things they wish to peruse, excel at, or become better doing?
Or, is life one big simple walk where you wake up, surround yourself with stuff to give a sense of comfort and an image that any change will be minimal, and this is a good thing?
Part of this is really a question I have been working with in Augmanity. While I probably shouldn’t spend much time on the idea of what will happen when AAI (advanced artificial intelligence) and the coming machine age comes out of the lab into the mainstream world, i do ponder and think about, ”what will it be like ? what would i like it to be like? Not like?”
Thankfully, I will be dead by then.
When I look at myself and the struggle each day to get rid of the ideal and passions of life with pride, self-esteem, greed, anger and the rest – many times I simply wonder if the idea that man can evolve is possible? Many days I feel like I am going backwards and not forward in the pursuit to improve who and what I am inside, versus what the normal world seems to care about.
Trust me, I wasn’t always like this. It has been an interesting quest since 2001. Prior to that, I was using technology more like many of my futurist friends to create the best “self” I could. I look at some of the ideas today, and giggle, as we tested them years ago, just as forerunners in history in some way did what they could with technology to improve self.
The questions are not that we cannot hot rod or clock chip ourselves. That is relatively easy. The doping world has proven what one can do with a normal human body. Add genetic modification and stem cells, then put a bit of the smart substances we will be engineering and perfecting that instead of taking the mind on a psychotropic or hallucinogenic ride – they will help the human mind focus and perform better.
Of course, then you have the blurring of body parts, and the ability to physically change and alter a human with bionics, implants and the bizarre area where you will probably 3d print whatever organ you need inside you. Think of a body “part” store you can go into.
Why do I think about these items instead of taking the simple route and remembering to put the toilet seat down 100% of the time, and not 99.95. I can live with imperfection. God knows i have enough of them. Trying to be perfect has got to be exhausting.
I don’t know what it will look like when the machines really evolve. But I look into my own struggle with change, and then try to imagine, “what would get 7,8, or 10 billion people to desire to change from living in fear of that which is different, to actually evolving and realizing, “hey, we are actually all human, why are we treating each other so poorly?”
When the machine age comes, humans will input the base code, and that will the base model it learns and evolves from. Will a machine be able to understand how fragile the human species really is (in the universal sense)?
Will the advanced intelligence of the machine age have compassion on mans weakness? Or will they obliterate the species because it has treated itself so poorly over time?
Thankfully, I will be dead before these questions become tomorrow’s reality.
But I will keep working on ideas to help make better humans, not better ways to just numb or destroy them.