Life is more like concept art than a corporeal reality.
Physical reality is hard, it has bodily substance. You get pushed by physical things. It interacts and moves.
The transition to multi-dimensional human beings is complete for most of the technologically developed world.
I think that’s what Terminator Genisys was driving at with the “Pre-Order” of the AI program. Connectivity in that film was in demand by such a huge segment of the human population, that people became nodes or hubs in a larger neural network.
That’s not physical. That’s not Newtonian Physics.
We’re already at the threshold of Quantum existence. The tough question now isn’t: “can?”
The tough question is, “Should?”
And “Should” is much more political of a question than can.
If someone can do something, that’s a physical and engineering and logistical problem. What pieces of the puzzle will allow someone to have the resources and know-how to do something.
The concept of, “Should” requires judgement, there is a sense of morality, ethics and even politics involved in that very small word.
That’s where we’ve already crossed into…without knowing it.
News articles on the internet are designed to allow readers to make snap judgements. Comments sections allow discussion and venting on those judgements. Cognitive dissonance related to issues gets disseminated to social media for further review by larger audiences. The more cognitive dissonance mixed with emotional energy that can be aroused by a topic…the tendency for more shares and recursive levels of comments.
It doesn’t feel like traditional politics. There isn’t the ballot box, people at the polls kind of feeling…it resembles something more like…processing power. Sub-servers, linked network hubs.
The issue isn’t the judgement calls or the system itself. It’s that it isn’t corporeal.
The level of information analysis paints an extra picture for the world we live in. Yes of course there are streets, roads, buildings, that’s all still there. But every day, information-based decisions that are primarily occurring in cyberspace are having a larger effect on very real things such as resource distribution and information access.
Each new day, a new piece of concept art is being created for the next. We all judge that concept art and make decisions. But by the time we collectively and asymmetrically analyze the information, the system has changed.
Yesterday’s corporeal reality looks like business as usual, and tomorrow feels like a blank slate.