I am quoting the world famous technologist Terence McKennaa-
“We are now, there can be no doubt about it, in the final historical seconds of that crisis, a crisis that involves the end of history, our departure from the planet, the triumph over death and the release of individual over body.”
We are, the Gods now.
When you search about the future, a vast majority of things are pessimistic. I don’t know if it says more about our future or our search engines.
Rising Inflation, Decreasing Resources.
Rising Water level, Decreasing percent of breathable air.
Its all very sad.
But i wanted to talk about the future and still be optimistic. I was looking for something new and i thought why not let it be something dangerous but optimistic, wildly crazy yet seemingly possible, daunting yet mesmerizing.
What is it that you attribute to being God?
Well a majority of people believe-
1. Supernatural or anything Miraculous
2. More widely, Immortality.
Let me tell you, why i believe that we are smack in the middle of this road that will make us achieve empirical Godhood. It is wrongly perceived that being human, means to be limited, a century ago our inability to reach the moon and the stars, the perceived deities then, is what separated us, humans form the Gods. Frailty is always mistaken for humanity. No, the only thing that’s human is our quality to seek to extend our physical and mental reach beyond current limitations. That’s what leads us to Godhood, our human quality itself.
Lets talk a while about exponential growth and liner growth. Our brain is conditioned to think in a linear fashion, it cannot intuitively fathom what the exponential can unfurl. For example, 30 steps, linearly would mean 30 steps, it would take me form one corner of this room to the other, twice. Now, 30 steps exponentially, would mean a billion steps, a billion! That would take me around the world, twice.
Our technological advancement has not just been exponential, but the rate of growth itself is increasing exponentially, our acceleration is itself accelerating.
This explain why our smart phones today are a million times cheaper, a million times smaller and a thousand times more powerful than they were 25 years ago. What took an entire building now rests in your pocket.
Now i want you to extrapolate that, 25 years down the line, the same machines, a million times smaller and thousand times more powerful, they will be the side of you blood cells inside your body, reverse engineering our biology. The sheer possibility is mid boggling.
Now this guy, this unsuspecting guy were he alive now, seeing people have these ridiculously powerful machines in their pockets, would it not make him look at it as a miracle? and us Gods?
Immortality is a problem, its a challenge. You see our sole responsibility is to produce something smarter than we are, any problem beyond that is not ours to solve. There are no hard problems, only problems that are hard to a certain level of intelligence. Move the intelligence a smallest bit upwards and the impossible seems possible a, move it significantly upwards, the impossible becomes the obvious.
There are 3 main technologies, the convergence of which leads to the evolution of the human condition-
2. Biotechnology– where advancements are made that are analogous to re writing our own source code. When scientist would write genomes with the same fluency that Blake and Byron wrote verses.
3. Artificial Intelligence
The amalgamation of these three technologies is not going to leave immortality as improbable for long.
See often people believe technology as something alien, as something artificial. Anything that is not organic is not a part of us., but to be honest it is. Technology emanated form within us. Someone thought of planes, imagined about sky scrapers and it spilled out from within their thoughts, from within their head to spill out in the real world. By adapting technology we outsourced out mental capacity to tools. And to close the loop it will all come back within us. We will have the power to rewrite our software, our own source code.
It is the ultimate symbiosis of man and machine.
We are cosmic revolutionaries.
“ I seem like a boy playing on the sea shore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smooth pebble or a prettier shell, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me”
WE, Are the Gods now.