I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the podcast “Ars Technica”. I got to speak with the host, Ben Shneidman, the author of the acclaimed book “The Rise of AI”. He was one of the primary figures behind The Information Society, and one of the primary architects of our current digital future.
It was a very interesting experience to talk with him about our changing world and what the future means for the way we live our lives. And as much as I love to rant about it, it was also very exciting to hear his honest thoughts and thoughts that I should have paid attention to and didn’t.
I’m not sure if he would have agreed with me, because he does have a point, but he also points to the fact that we are becoming more intelligent, more capable, more self-aware, and more able to make decisions for ourselves. Which is a scary thought.
You can bet that my opinion of “the future of the world” and how it will impact our lives didn’t change that much. The future is going to be much more aware, but it will still just be the way it is.
In his column, author of the Ars Technica article, Chris Anderson, gives a good overview of this. In fact, he suggests that we will live in a world where we are more able to control our own lives. As things become more self-aware and thus more aware of our own reactions and habits, we will be able to decide how we react to the future and how we react to one another.
Self-awareness isn’t new. It was around at least since the Renaissance and it was in the West for a long time before that. It’s a process of learning to control our own reactions and habits. It’s been around for a long time too, and is not new to the West, but it’s in the West that it’s most often discussed. We can’t expect to see this in the future of the West, but we should be aware of what is in our own future.
The fact is that we are constantly on high alert for threats, so we don’t have the luxury of being too comfortable. It is not new for the West either, because we have been on high alert for threats for a very long time. As a species, we have our minds made up about everything we do, and therefore we cannot be too comfortable, or too relaxed.
You would think that the West would be more relaxed, but the whole idea of living in a society that is constantly on high alert and therefore not too comfortable is a lot to be happy about. If we had developed a society that was too comfortable, we wouldnt have the technology to fight off invaders from the outside (which is what the whole “Western” mindset is all about). In fact, that has been the case for a very long time, and still is today.
The current Western mindset is not very peaceful, and the more secure a society becomes, the more likely people are to get drawn in into it. We all think of the West as a place where the police are more relaxed, but in actuality, it’s a place where the police are on high alert. Our society is still a society where we are constantly on high alert, but we only tend to think of it that way because we are so comfortable with it.
When it comes to society, as in the actual lives of our fellow citizens, things are never as peaceful as we think, and we do tend to think that way mostly because we’re so used to it.