We all remember the stories we were told as children. Regardless of one’s ethnicity, religion, education, upbringing, or where on the map we started out in life. Every one of us through the generations has heard the stories to explain how what is, was made possible by what was.
The human experience is a never-ending tale of What, Why, Who, and how’s. Our older generations taught us what they were taught by the generations before them. The way, your grandmother sews a quilt together one patch at a time, our understanding of life is a columniation of stories patched together. Every generation’s children’s education of why things are is defined by the translators of what was. Translators who were part of the community, of the family, the stories we heard were guarded and rarely changed. In years past the translators were motivated by the power the story had to influence one’s thoughts and behaviors.
Well, it’s nearly a quarter into the 21st Century, and storytelling is beginning to take a new shape which is profoundly changing not only in one’s access to learning, the access to fuel one’s imagination is almost unimaginable. Today we can communicate with people around the world easier than the generations before us communicated around the campfire, or the dining room table. For nearly all humankind communication was about storytelling. Those who gathered talked about what was. They regurgitated what they heard from others, and then injected their ability to spin an opinion into what the future might be.
The younger generations are more and more technology-driven earlier and earlier in life, so with the increases in the availability of information and the continuous improvements in technology’s user-experience the audience of users will soon include all generations. As our digital world migrates itself deeper and deeper into our physical world the speed of information is redefining the ways information is consumed and digested. Today we don’t have to execute a process for gaining knowledge of a subject; we don’t have to research what we need to know. What we need to know can be delivered to us before we ask. Technology has taken predictability from a fortune-telling process to a data-driven science-based process.
I believe that in the future the stories we pass down from generation to generation will be more about what the future holds than what the past provided. As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to increase in capabilities the amount of information available will exceed the human’s, comprehension capabilities. This ability to learn more than ever before about what could be will drive us to disregard what was. Artificial Intelligence will have the ability to imagine and create something unknown to a physical world ahead of its human cohorts. From this ability, Artificial Intelligence will give birth to ideas which are incomprehensible to humans. Artificial Intelligence will live and direct traffic in the intersection between the digital, and physical worlds.
In all society, there are those who are considered the pioneers, the futurist, the Einstein’s, Edison’s, Musk’s, or Hawking’s of the world. These type individuals represented the tiniest percentage of the human population they were the one in 100 million and what they accomplished is not only remembered it directed and still directs the what and how things are today, and in some cases centuries later.
So as Artificial Intelligence continues influencing the world the speed to action of what could be will continue increasing. Think about a world were Artificial Intelligence surpasses in quantity the human-computer the Einstein’s, the Edison’s, the Musk’s, the Hawking’s of the world. A century ago it took visionaries decades to prove or disprove, to evaluate, to study the facts. Those thought leaders throughout the centuries had one thing in common they needed time; time to accumulate information in those days’ the periods of time in transitioning could be decades. Today’s technology allows time to travel not only well into the future. Today’s technology can evaluate the past, the present, and the future and with ever-growing certainty allow humanity to live and prosper in a present world reality which is moving closer and closer to the border where the present and future connect. The excuse we need time is eroding.
Today’s technology continues being defined by what it does to make the future better. Thereby changing society from needing to learn from history to a society who continuously learns what the future holds. There will simply be too much information available that humans won’t care about history they instead will be consumed with progress. When Thomas Edison was working on the light bulb, he did not care or concern himself with the candle or the candle maker, and the candle industry misjudged the time they had left until Edison would diminish their importance. This misjudgment of time by industries even today is deadly to their sustainability.
So, if we deduct the time, it will take in the future to create a better way we eliminate the procrastinator’s fuel. In the future, the better way is the result of constantly modifying. In the future, the word change was replaced with the word modified. In the future, we won’t have to rely on a genius being born one in 100 million to change the world, in the future, there will be millions of Artificial Intelligent minds. Imagine centuries ago if the world had millions of geniuses not one in a 100 million. What if in the past the one in 100 million was a human born with what today would be considered normal intelligence and the rest of humankind were the Einstein’s. Artificial Intelligence is modifying our world’s reality, the way we communicate and comprehend is forever changing all current circumstances to constantly modifying circumstances. Everyday It becomes more comprehensible for us to imagine what was once unimaginable.
I guess in the future the stories we tell children will be about the future, every year there will be a different story.