Exponential Change is the New Normal, but We'll Never Get Used to It
Ultimately we’re never going to get people used to the rate of exponential change. Humans will always be somewhat resistant to it.
Ultimately we’re never going to get people used to the rate of exponential change. Humans will always be somewhat resistant to it. There will be those individuals who are far more open to it. I am and it’s just the way I'm wired and built and there are many people who are part of Singularity University or X Prize in the same fashion. But the majority of humans are not.
What is going to happen is people will sometimes be kicking and screaming, brought into a new technology, and will begin to utilize it and then once they realize the benefits to them then you can’t pull them out. But it’s always been that way, going from the buggy to the train to the car to the telephone.
Ultimately these technologies are resisted at first and then once they’re utilized because they’re so advantageous to us that we get used to them and we learn that by using this technology we have so much extra time, we have so much extra money, we have so much extra connections or safety or whatever it might be that we fully utilize it and are happily adjusting to that as the new norm.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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