I thought the only chance for human evolution might be aliens, but I suspect today we are progressing through our creation of the internet. Physically we have evolved from amoeba to fish to man-apes to humans and intellectually we evolved when Socrates and Plato established human thought. Their use of the word ‘gnosis’ recognised a perceiver.
We have now become dependent on the internet and businesses have been built by it, think Google, Facebook and Uber just to name a few. As with all things business is taking over so focussed on another human invention we are, money. The internet provides an opportunity for us to evolve but key players are influenced by opinion. A Google search sometimes presents results according to Google’s preferences. The US election is an example, the results for a search on ‘Hilary email’ weren’t by the number of hits but an algorithm.
I am waiting for a new search engine which, like the website Steemit, uses a ‘Distributed Open Trusted Database’ which might present search results according to preferences like maybe by the number of hits or location or accuracy. In this system the results to your search criteria might partly reside on any computer globally because of shared resources with no server someone can control. No influence just data, an open way to access information, not determined by companies or interests. Today corporations might be controlling the data, mediating the search in hidden ways.
Also there is crypto currency where we may even transcend money, the human interpretation of value. Instead we could focus on life and experience. I think life more valuable than money. Money is such a human abstraction, how much do you earn? rather are you happy? Sure we needed it for incentive to evolve to this point but maybe we can evolve further and go beyond the industrial age or ‘competitive man’ as I’ve put it below in my assessment of human evolution. Indeed through artificial intelligence we have created machines that can think which has become our primary activity, to think, perhaps inter-galactic man is next? But then again in the time of Trump Facebook has become fake news, human devolution.
Thinking Man – Gnosis
Competitive Man – Money
Intelligent Man – Artificial