Humans are not more intelligent today than a thousand years ago. Recent information tools have developed full circle, with the advent of iDevices; but our minds are as equally capable of holding information as our ancient ancestors. Remember Leonardo DaVinci? If you were behind a curtain questioning me about geographical positionings, I’d be able to tell you at what latitude and longitude Cyprus is within seconds. You’d be impressed but never know I have my iPhone in hand, And so on.
by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Google
How will our minds be blown in the next 30 years? Well, that’s quite a long time, given the acceleration in history. Still, I’ll be brave and make six hypotheses.
1. Machine Intelligence
I think that just as the Internet has been such a great driver of change across so many spheres over the past 20 years, we will see machine intelligence in the same role over the coming decades.
Today, we are as an intelligent species essentially singular. There are of course some other brainy species, like chimpanzees, dolphins, crows and octopuses, but if anything they only emphasize our unique position on Earth — as animals richly gifted with self-awareness, language, abstract thought, art, mathematical capability, science, technology and so on. Many of us have staked our entire self-concept on the idea that to be human is to have a mind, and that…
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