We do not just live in a new world but in a world that is continually reinventing itself and at a dizzying rate.
We, as humans were given an unusual advantage in comparison to the rest of the animal kingdom. Our brain is capable of constructing a model of the world that can calculate the effect of causality in relation our points of view.
So far, most of the data we use to build our model with comes via our senses and while one cannot argue on the substantive qualities of external objects, the content of only physical data is not enough to “predict” the behavior of complex living creatures. To do so, we must understand their state of mind — feel what they feel.
Language is yet another valuable tool in this process. It enables us to capture new definitions of reality and build our development upon previous existing fundamental building blocks we already carry within us — our qualia.
Qualia are individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. It is a single entity, different from the brain yet affected by it — it is our inner experiences of experiences.
The (human-machine) functional convergent evolution –
For the past years, we have witnessed an exponential growth in technologies such as computation power, biotech, artificial intelligence, neuro-engineering, instant accessibility, flow and data mixing, automation (and more). While we are just at the beginning of this journey, these technologies evolved to create a transparent interaction ecology that for the first time positions us, humans, as part of the perception of reality rather than reality itself. — We shifted from observing the information, to become part of the information itself and as such we now can be connected and understand the world via knowledge that is external to our existence.
Our qualia can experience experiences that are anchored in our brain but use external digital sensations and senses to paint the image of substance.
These evolutionary constraints are re-creating our reality, and because of our ability to calculate it is implications and potential are still at its embryo phase, we have to ask if “what we know that we know” is enough to predict how our current action can impact our species.