I used to think the only chance for human evolution would be our interaction with aliens, but I suspect today we are evolving through artificial intelligence (AI). Physically humans have evolved through amoeba, fish, mammals until human. Intellectually we have evolved. Human intelligence (HI) began I think with Greek philosophy when Heraclitus, Socrates and Plato established identity. Their use of the word ‘gnosis’ recognised a perceiver which has been a cornerstone of HI. Today perhaps we continue to intellectually evolve since AI is making us more deeply understand HI. We recognise parts of HI that can’t be replicated in AI. Perhaps Greek identity and what we call the soul can’t be copied to computers.
Human Intelligence has considered religion, science, economy, and now technology. Today we have a collective consciousness, the internet. We have pretty big digital footprints, and important events of the past have been digitally recorded. Even the bible is online. Businesses have been built by technology, think Google, Facebook and Uber. As with all things economy has taken over so focused we are on another human invention, money. Crypto-Currency may yet help us to transcend that too towards a purer mode of exchange, perhaps effort. And there is Blockchain which can recognise identity in technology.
I think life more valuable than cash. Money is such a human abstraction, how much do you earn? Rather are you happy? Sure we needed money as incentive to evolve to this point but I think we can go beyond industrial age man. Indeed through AI we have created machines that can think which has become our primary activity, to think. Perhaps inter-galactic man is next? That’s if we can intellectually evolve beyond amoeba and survive global warming.