UNFORTUNATELY THE SAPIENS REGIME ON EARTH HAS SO FAR PRODUCED LITTLE THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF.
Time and time again massive increases in human power has not improved the well-being of individual humans and has caused immense misery to other animals.
In the last few decades we have made some progress as far as human condition is concerned , with reductions in world wars, plagues, and famines.
But we remain unsure of our goals and remain as discontented as ever.
No body seems to know where we are going. We are more powerful than ever before, but have little idea what to do with the power.
Worse still we seem to be more irresponsible than ever, wreaking havoc on the world and nature while seeking little more than self-satisfaction which we never find.
I am sure like me that you are finding it difficult if not impossible to assimilate never mind keep up with all that is presently taking place in world.
Mass migration, climate change, return to the dark ages ISIS, not to mention wars, terrorists, cheat, (Volkswagen) Countries going broke, Designer drugs, Space exploration, the Web/Internet/Apps.
THE FACT IS THAT WE ARE THE TERROR OF THE ECOSYSTEM and it seems lost on us due to short-term profit and greed.
Most of our world organisations with the advance of technology are out of date, underfunded and unrepresentative of humanity and the planet and in need of radical overhauls, but it is of little concern to the populist at large.
However the good news is that in the back ground there is a revolution going on that is changing the way we live and is going to change evolution itself.
Once more we are being presented with opportunities that are opening up so quickly they are outpacing our collective capacity for making wise and far-sighted decisions.
Presently, only a tiny fraction of these opportunities have being realized.
We are releasing ourselves from the shackles of biology.
We are beginning to re shape our minds and our bodies.
If you think that the mapping the first genome require fifteen years and three billion dollars that to day a persons DNA can be mapped within a few weeks for a mere few hundred bucks which means nothing to most people, but soon we will be able to know what you will die from other than accident or bullet.
The road to designer medical care is well on the way for those that can afford it.
Our social media is blinding us to the true consequences of supplementary devices we now use to live our lives.
Or is it telling us that we are standing on the brink of becoming true cyborgs.
Like storing or brains in the cloud, having inorganic features that are inseparable from our bodies that are modify our abilities, our desires, personalities, and identities.
Do we care that bio-engineering could resurrect the Neanderthals. No
Do we care that we are braking the laws of natural selection with impunity by producing a rabbit that glows. No
Do we care that we can produce mice that grow human ears, or change sex through hormonal treatment, or creating computer versus that are self learning, or bring back extinct creatures. Are these examples not the first steps of genetically engineer that are changing an individual abilities but also their social structure. No
Tinkering with or genes won’t necessarily kill us.
But we might be fiddle with Homo Sapiens to such an extent that we will be no longer be Homo Sapiens.
Do we care that the Defense Advance research project Agency in the US is developing cyborgs out of insects? No
Do we care that computer algorithms are running the stock exchange or selecting target for drones, running our economies, teaching the next generation? No
What if we have quantum computer power? Our successors will then function on a different level of consciousness. Not to worried we are human.
The Good news. If indeed we become cyborgs with some thing beyond consciousness that we cannot conceive, it seems doubtful that Christianity or Islam will be of much interest to us or our current social organisation of Communist or Capitalist, or which gender we are.
At this point you might think why worry we are only upgrading into a different type of human being.
Even though the implications of creating a mind inside a computer is far more dramatic than anything we have seen to date there is a great and urgent danger that our complacency which is hidden by science under the umbrella of The Gilgamesh Project (that justifies everything that science does by labeling it as curing diseases and saving human lives) is going to be nonrecoverable in the near future.
In my view its time we decide what we want to want by influencing the direction that scientists are taking.
If what is happening is allowed to continue and continue it will without imaginative social policies blight our society and there will be millions of people living wretchedly lives and reacting accordingly.
Globalization, technological changes, and governments policies have produced a class structure with a tiny plutocracy of billionaires, corporations and algorithms that are doing away with people.
We need a politics of time.
We need to scrap the United Nations and replace it with a new fully funded¨( see previous post) World People Protection Organisation that reflects the needs of the planet and all that live on it.
We must realize before its to late that the growing structural inequality is socially unsustainable. A basic world wage would be a good start. ( See Post We don’t live in a digital world the washing machine has changed lives more than the internet)