encapsulates many of the ideas covered in this newsletter; technology, the future, the state of the human condition (mindfulness, the author meditates two hours day
, his crystal clear thinking is a reflection of this). Yuval Noah Harari paints a picture of the future which seems like it’s leading to the Hunger Games
, but there is no denying he explores themes occurring now in society. Technology has enabled a leveling of the playing field, as but as we clearly see with the immense power Silicon Valley has acquired in such a short time, power is rapidly moving to the hands of a few supercharged elite. It’s as if the world is being remade like the tech industry; very few winners at the top of the pyramid. With that power and nearly unlimited resources, comes the desire to touch God’s hand and acquire divinity
: Godlike ‘Homo Deus’ Could Replace Humans as Tech Evolves
⚪️Technology causes massive inequality: As opposed to the use of new technology in the 1800’s and the rapid industrialization of the Industrial Revolution, this time we are going be the technology used. While the Internet has shed light where none existed previously, it has also greatly widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
⚪️The future is here sooner than you think: The rate of acceleration (particularly AI) is going to be entering the hockey stick curve phase before we’re ready. The world’s current political situation is an indicator of this.
⚪️We are limited in envisioning how the future will look: Homo Sapiens
are notoriously bad at predicting the future (aside from maybe flying cars
). There is so much we don’t know even about own minds and conscious, yet we continue to prophesize what the future will look like.