The Age of Conscious-Technology
Can We Envision the Future We Want While We Still Have Time to Shape It?
Jerome Glenn, The Millennium Project
We are moving from the Information Age into the Conscious-Technology Age, which will force us to confront fundamental questions about life as a new kind of civilization emerges from the convergence of two mega-trends. First, humans will become cyborgs, as our biology becomes integrated with technology. Second, our built environment will incorporate more artificial intelligence. Conscious-technology raises profound dangers, including artificial intelligence rapidly outstripping human intelligence when it becomes able to rewrite its own code, and individuals becoming able to make and deploy weapons of mass destruction. Minimizing these dangers and maximizing opportunities – such as improving governance with the use of collective intelligence systems, making it easier to prevent and detect crime and matching needs and resources more efficiently – will require that we actively shape the evolution of conscious-technology.