Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Human 2.0

My own perspective of the "end times" is that we should look to recent history to think about how things "end" and new things "begin". From an evolution perspective there is not an abrupt "end" but more of a transition where there are still examples of the old, but there are also examples of the new. And as the new is adopted, fewer examples of the old remain.

TV sets are a great example of this. How many of us own widescreen TVs? How many don't? How many don't even own a TV? Do we view this change of technology as a cataclysmic event? Can we still find examples of old TVs lying around?

How about cars? The VW bug is a great example - a classic car that still exists, but has evolved. It looks kind of like the original, but it's somehow different. A more modern design, a different kind of engine. Maybe you don't have to "roll up" the windows anymore. A better stereo system! (Do you remember 8-tracks???).

I feel the same thing is happening now with the human being. We have modified the world around us to the extent that it is now time for us to adapt to the changes, to evolve with our environment.

There will still be plenty of examples of the "old" but there will also be examples of the "new". Initially there are only a handful of examples of the new, seen as a luxury item. And as the new technology is adopted, fewer examples of the "old" will exist... but there will always be nostalgic holdouts! Those "new" items that were once seen as luxury become everyday items that we take completely for granted. Can you remember walking into a department store and staring in awe at a brand-new widescreen TV, when they were first introduced? How about now? Does that same item still hold the same amount of awe for you?

We clearly didn't fear this new technology, so why should our own evolution be any different? Shouldn't we all be hungering for this change as the true "gadget geeks" that we are?

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