A friend just posted something interesting related to both of the two talks I gave about Identity and Artificial Intelligence, “It’s the crossroads of Human history. One road leads to A.I. and it’s merging with humanity and the other leads to evolution of average people to X men without using machines. At some future destination there will be Empire and Jedi among the ‘Bots.'”
So how do we prepare for Jedi VS Empire ‘bots?
I was struck by two pivotal moments when I was interacting with the audience while giving the keynote talk at the West Coast Dowsers conference at UC Santa Cruz this month. In the first moment, one person after another came up to ask a question at the microphone along the lines of, “Can just one person really make a difference?” And time and again I replied, “Yes. One person really can make a difference.” Much of the key to this realization involves recognition that the classical view of reality consisting primarily of physical “stuff” cannot truly be the actual nature of the world. We’re learning that classical physics is a special case within the larger set of quantum physics–and within quantum physics, Observers can and do influence events.
In the second moment, people came up to talk to me after my keynote presentation, expressing a sense of newfound hope that despite current social atmospheres of division seeming to segregate people into groups of “Us” and “Them,” it really can be possible for us to be respectful with one another, rather than assuming ‘others’ to be untrustworthy, profane, oppressive, offensive, guilty, primitive, or evil. We stand to benefit from listening to what others have to say, rather than shouting over them. We can overcome artificial divisions by appreciating that we are not our thoughts, and we are not our feelings–we are the one who sees and hears and feels these thoughts and feelings.
When we appreciate that we can look for–and find–evidence of quantum jumps and reality shifts on the macroscopic scale, we can see the world with less fear and greater appreciation for the miraculous way we experience living in such a remarkably fine-tuned universe. We see scientific evidence that: our cognitive processes behave according to quantum logic, where relationships between events and observers matter. We see that there has been a doubling of the placebo effect over the past 30 years. We see the field of embodied cognition is taking off, with our abilities rising to support our actions as, for example, we feel happier because we smiled. We see scientists having trouble reproducing their experiments in what’s been called a “reproducability crisis.” We see evolutionary jumps, rather than slow gradual change in our fossil records.
Physicist Dr. Henry Stapp provides us with a clue as to how we are connected to Nature with the questions we ask: “The Quantum Zeno Effect says that the answers follow your questions–that by posing the questions fast enough, you can make the answers agree with what the questions are you ask.”
Jedi VS Empire ‘bots
I feel that one of the reasons humans love stories like the Star Wars movies is that we find in our stories a sense of meaning and purpose for our lives. When we view the world of Jedi knights and Empire soldiers from a viewpoint of the importance of retaining the essential spark of our humanity, we can feel grateful that we are always able to take an imaginary step back from any situation and constellation of events, to view it from the point of view of Observer who is observing the observers. And when we ask optimizing, open-ended questions from this vantage point–such as, “How good can it get?” we truly can see just how much more wonderfully unlikely a world we and our future generations can live in.
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