Blockchain and cryptocurrency… It seems AltCoin has had less interest than Bitcoin which may have become more controlled by the powers that be, or maybe not and both remain uncontrolled by government. Either currency might provide a truer exchange of value. It would prevent Trump’s complaints about the Chinese manipulating currency exchange. For these new crypto currencies there would be global value not controlled by governments.
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
In the time of Plato, his ‘theory of forms’ suggested that to see wasn’t merely the act of observation but also of knowing, gnosis, perhaps self awareness. Gnosis represents non material observation, thought. That was our last evolutionary leap forward I believe. It gave us the modern world of thought, education, politics, art… I think human thought is changing again. Perhaps todays populist movements of Brexit and Trump provide a clue. Having said that the United States is going to prevent muslim immigration creating an us versus them mentality, hardly evolution. It’s terrible whats happening in Syria right now. Maybe we’ll care for all human beings, for existence and life, when we evolve. I think we live in a very important period in history, so here are my thoughts.
We should move away from the human invention of money, economic value is such an abstraction from reality, and we are also destroying our planet by climate change. Our intellect offers possible solutions for both in space and science. In space there is another world for us, Mars, where we will soon go and we can focus on life itself rather than human mundanities. And science might be able to alter particles that cause global warming, remove carbon from the atom causing carbon dioxide. Then there is technology. The internet provides us information through sensors. Artificial Intelligence (AI) the evaluation of data to understand the effects of global warming. Indeed there is so much for us to discover in the universe we only need to evolve before we become extinct by our own hand.
Thought inspired by Greek philosophy… http://youtu.be/NO8pLlbCr6I
And humans are soon going to Mars. I think the only way for us to save our planet from global warming and the like is to evolve and move away from our monetisation of everything we know. Then perhaps we can take our place in the universe as the species from the blue planet in the solar system where they call the bright light the sun. I think we should start emphasising existence and experience for human beings rather than always reducing our abstractions to money. Indeed money was a useful and necessary metaphor for us, a third dimensional creature, and it has helped us to evolve as far as we have but we can now go beyond primitive man to ultimately interact with other life in this universe.
And for fellow coma victims, I think Thai massage helps incredibly as it stimulates the brain for various body sensations although the brain also seems to be remembering my defects from before coma, most notably tinnitus. The ringing in my left ear has returned. I can even remember tinnitus as it bothered me greatly.
Humanity is about to invent another wheel I suspect. The first wheel helped us develop significantly and allowed us to build civilisation, cities, employment, travel, education… etc. I think of the plane as an extension of that wheel, and also the spaceship. I can only guess at what the next wheel might be. The most important invention since the wheel was the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention. Our invention of money is such an abstraction from our understanding of value. I don’t mean economic value, I personally value travel, honesty, love… Money was not a wheel type invention. AI is I think, the most significant invention since the wheel. Did the wheel or language come first?
And I have seen many news stories of late about diminishing employment, how there are fewer jobs today. I suspect humans won’t need to work at all soon enough as AI and robots will be able to take care of all human needs. Robots will be able to grow human food, and cook it according to our favourite recipe. They will also be able to build our houses and the places where we eat our favourite recipe’s. Computers already do so much for us, in former times when I needed a taxi I would speak to a person ordering one over the phone. Now I speak to a computer. Secretarial jobs will become a thing of the past. Computers make for excellent surgeons today too. Indeed we will have to evolve when all this happens, it’s slowly happening now. I think when AI and robots become the standard humans will be able to start focussing on life and experience, the things computers can’t do. First of all we will do away with money because there will be no need for it anymore. We will have much more time when we don’t need to compare monetary value. Indeed our command of the physical world today is profound. We have progressed from hammers and nails to CPU’s. Nothing further required, our last physical creation can take over from this point, we can become liberated and focus on life. All that I say has become possible for us, we’ll have to see if we want such progress. We use AI for many things today, secret CIA type things too I’m sure.