Moogfest 2014 keynote Conscious-Technology, The Millennium Project, and an Invitation
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We are merging with technology. We will become “Conscious-Technology” beings. …
We are merging with technology. We will become “Conscious-Technology” beings.
Google Glass, Internet of Things, heart pacemakers, the works! Voice recognition and voice synthesis with artificial intelligence imbedded through the built environment will make inanimate objects seem conscious. We will import advance tech in and on our bodies and export our consciousness to technology. These imports/export will seem to merge into a continuum of consciousness and technology. The quality of this merger will depend on how well we can blend our mystic-self with our technocratic self, as individuals and as a species. By mystic I simply mean one whose primary focus is improving life by enhancing consciousness; by technocrat I simply mean one whose primary focus for improving life is with new technologies and policies. We are all part mystic and part technocrat, but we tend to be more of one than the other. Seeking harmony, balance, synergy between the two seems right to me. Like the musician, instrument, and music merge in a great performance.
Merging the attitudes of the mystic toward life with the technocratic’s knowledge of life makes life work and be worthwhile.
Arts, media, and music technologies can be designed and used from a mystic attitude. Experiencing performances of such technologies should enhance our consciousness. From such enhanced consciousness new technologies can be conceived. And so on to become a more aesthetic future conscious-technology civilization.
The explosive, accelerating growth of knowledge in a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world gives us so much to know about so many things that it seems impossible to keep up. At the same time, we are flooded with so much trivial news that serious attention to serious issues gets little interest, and too much time is wasted going through useless information.