But how? I already mentioned a strange paradox: the only way to explain
complex concepts to a general audience is to make them more
Also known as oversimplifying, it's surprisingly hard to do.
Imagine there was a way to artificially increase human intelligence or functionality by just a small amount, the simplest possible mind extension.
Such an invention alone could change everything, as much as a workable brain plugin.
If it's ever invented, it may be based on the principle of total surveillance.
Intelligent software would watch everything the subject was doing, and directly measure their mood and motivation.
This, together with faster access to all human knowlege, might
cause a sudden phase shift
in human society in the future.
Individual changes could be as great as death itself, including the abandonment of obsolete beliefs.
Trying to hold on to a past identity would be as useless as trying to resist a "Men In Black-style" neuralizer in a dream. Before you know it you are already in another dream. Then the memory of the lost memory is wiped but you can't remember why.
The change is as unimaginable as trying to reconstruct how I would have reacted to a videogame a quarter century ago.
Many people wouldn't mind such a metamorphosis.
Some online loser may feel like little more than a brain in a vat. Instead of being a conventional solipsist, they may think of themselves
This could be a good thing. Their attention could be turned outward.
I've already written about content aggregation as a way of life.
Someone could become more like themselves by collecting and organizing all available data on whatever they are most interested in.
The organized memory library they leave behind will be larger than the organized data they could fit in their heads.
If the Net can make individuals smarter than their genes alone would allow, the groups
they belong to would not necessarily improve as well.
It could be wonderful
. There could be online news agencies, crowdfunded mass media, banks and insurance cartels, and virtual corporations and countries.
There could also be endlessly elaborate conspiracies and crime networks.