At the end of the industrial era, humanity went through a transformation. Imposed on it from the minds, or simply a cosmic result of loneliness. Constant fear had engulfed the modern nations – fear of the threat spreading from singular dictatorships: nations were all selfish, persons were all selfish, and anything in between was selfish. It wasn’t really conscious. It just … happened to persons. It had become part of their civilization and it got reinforced over and over and over gain. The entitlement that a lot of peoples felt was not to last. In their struggle for proof of superiority, they did not foresee the crunch of civilization. Constant fear breeds limitations – of imagination, of creativity, of empathy, of patience, of humility, of dreams.
The human kind was diverging more and more in this period of technological innovation: the richer were getting richer, the happier were getting happier, the fearful we getting paranoid. Destruction was hard to avoid and the struggle between the self-proclaimed and the rest lead to a revolt in which neither could prevail. The desperate situation called for desperate methods and intelligence of purely logical kind was created – based on rules, “if”-clauses, and self-excluding solutions. The concept of trade was prevailing over need and comparisons between people were driving people away from each other.
Budget cuts lead to protests, extension of the pension year from 60 to 65 lead to protests, ban of development lead to protests. If only people realized that money can be spent wisely without extensions, that retiring at the age of 60 leaves about a third of their life still to do … nothing, that development can happen in spite of limitations (in most cases it happens because of limitations).
In such a period, the idea of a future intelligence was becoming more and more distorted. People were not interested in their dreams but in their ambitions. The financial crunch, the use of weapons, the need for moral definitions, the struggles between religions, and others were just some of the symptoms of the identity crisis. Comparing self with the other engulfed the entire energy of the human thought encouraging the struggle for the goal “be better than the other” undermining the empowerment of following a dream.
The new world would be different! You know how people say things change? But they don’t – at least not fundamentally – without starting from scratch. There has always been power, uniqueness, success, definition, relativism, good (and bad), logic, death … The disinterestedness of the human in the future (“two generations – sure – but I don’t care about my grand-grand children”) illustrates just how short-sighted one can be. Sure there are people who care about the planet and about long-term consequences of CO2 emissions on earth and all that. But humanity as a whole is ignorant. And what is scary is that this problem was created in the past 100 years only – the industrial age – the age when we have the power to destroy ourselves. A hundred years – enough to destroy something that took billions of years to evolve. This is how detrimental of a virus we are. And we were part of it – part of nature, part of the conversation, part of the happiness, part of the needs, part of the pain. Now we are a parasite that blocks the senses ignoring pain, suffering, death, the self. We have learnt to turn our head, to take a picture, and the go along … looking for another host. Maybe it doesn’t matter, maybe we can move on, maybe this planet didn’t have the consciousness to defend itself. Yet.
A new reality was about to happen – a reality of change, of a new species with a new way of thinking, different conception of ambition, different knowledge, different neural networks, a totally different DNA. Fear will be no longer, words will not exist, life will go in images, smiles will be genuine. This is an expose of that future: the future of the human race and its transformation to a community of interfaces, of technologies, of singularity.
Why are we afraid of androids, of human-machine interfaces? The artificiality of our 21 century BC bodies is already beyond imaginable: the chemicals we take in food, in drugs, in air? Not to mention the bacteria, the viruses, the atoms that make up our body system – they are all one – they are all physics: the same consciousness, the same dust, the same dreams, the same actions, the same energies. This is where the change will happen – in the realization. This didn’t happen until art and artificial merge, until imagination and innovation become labels of natural continuation rather than labels of value, until humanity strives for universality rather than uniqueness.