Most of this site is hopefully positive about the increasing speed of Exponential Technologies and the potential outcomes. The big question is, what fate will humanity choose?
It seems we can either transcend the scarcity and limits we have evolved within or craft our own tragic fate. Technology is neither good nor bad. A hammer can be a tool used for building or a weapon of destruction. So it is with all tools and technologies.
I think any reasonable person should be awed by the speed of the advance of many sectors in the news feed of this site. We arguably more significant innovations every year than we had in our history. And, the speed of advance or human prowess through technology just gets faster and faster.
Most things advance through the will, efforts and accomplishments of a select segment of our population. Just as there are world class athletes, business people, and other segments, a few people drive change, evolution and advancement of our species.
So, where are the brilliant few that will help us to change our habits, proclivities and perhaps our very nature? We need them. We need them now.
Children seem to come into the world with awe, openness, and wonder. With needs, but without hate. With opportunity.
Most of us survive the random nature of our birth situation and circumstances. Most of us can show the scars we know and hide from the hidden ones. Many of us thrive and create, survive and love.
Each new generation is an opportunity for us to raise a better generation. But our broken one is the one that must do that.
Our technological power demands that. If we don’t, soon we will crash into ourselves at such a force or with such tyranny that life and beauty will surely take a tragic hit. Perhaps not to complete destruction but surely less than what lies down the other path of advancing our humanity at least a bit as we master the rest of our landscape.
Surely that decision deserves something better than we are giving it. Where are the geniuses of that part of destiny? Anyone?