There are many well informed and thoroughly researched perspectives about the state of our civilization and our current trajectory. As mentioned in my recent book Democratizing Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Everyone, I found the one presented by Daniel Schmachtenberger to be not only thoughtful and insightful, but one that we should pay attention to. Daniel’s core interest is focused on long term civilization design and more specifically to help us as a civilization to develop improved sense-making and meaning-making capabilities so that we can make better quality decisions to help unlock more of our potential and higher values that we are capable of. The book references some of his thoughts in the chapters and sections dealing with what does it mean to be human and living meaningful in the 21st century; the problematic trajectory of our current civilization; and beneficial outcomes for humanity in the Smart Technology Era.
In order to help accelerate a cultural movement toward much improved sense-making and conversation, Daniel Schmachtenberger and others have recently founded the Consilience Project which is a non-profit media organization that has as a goal to assist with the repairing and rebuilding the health of the information commons “by helping educate people on how to improve their information processing so they can better detect media bias and disinformation while becoming more capable sense-makers and citizens”. For more details see The Consilience Project – Upgrading public sense-making and dialogue.
In the book I also introduce a Massive Transformative Purpose for Humanity and its associated goals to help shape a beneficial human-centric future (which complements the United Nations’ 2030 vision and SDGs) along with Sapiens (sapiens.network) as a decentralized human-centric user-controlled AI-driven super platform to empower individuals and monetizes their data and services and can be extended to extended to companies, communities, cities, city-states, and beyond.
Some video & audio links: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ai-perspectives-jacques-ludik