From the invention of the wheel to the printing press, these groundbreaking developments have left an indelible mark on society. But, the current era of technology is bringing a different kind of a shift, one that has never happened before: the cognitive revolution. Read on to find out what Daniel Doll-Steinberg tells Dinis Guarda in his YouTube podcast series about the world 'rebooting'.
From the invention of fire and the wheel to the development of the printing press, electricity, and the internet: Humanity has been marked by a series of transformative innovations that have revolutionized the way we live, work, and interact with the world. The present era of technological progress, where emergent tech like blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Robotics, Quantum Computing, 5G/6G, AR/VR, metaverse and other immersive tech, and bio-computing, is orchestrating nothing short of a reboot in our collective consciousness.
Daniel Doll-Steinberg, a specialist in the global derivatives technologies and disruptive tech, co-founder of EdenBase, and the co-author of ‘Unsupervised: Navigating and Influencing a World Controlled by Powerful New Technologies’, explains Dinis in the interview:
"The past years of invention, including the industrial revolution changed the way we worked physically, and led most of the humanity to use their cognitive capabilities. It ensured that we achieved democracy and an improved economic wealth as well as better health.
But these new technologies are designed to replace our brain processes."
'Cognitive Revolution': The need to supervise the rapid tech advancements
Fuelled by rapid advancements in artificial intelligence, our present-day world is ushering in a future where the very nature of work and human interaction is undergoing a profound transformation. AI is not only replacing traditional human professions but is also challenging the essence of jobs, skills, and even the concept of the "human factor."
With algorithms capable of performing complex tasks once reserved for humans, such as coding, legal analysis, and even creative endeavours, the boundaries between man and machine are becoming increasingly blurred.
However, adding to this is an 'unsupervised' use of social media, which has altered the way we think, connect, and behave.
"Social media platforms, which are originally designed to capture and retain user's attention, have made us more addicted to it in the long run. It has altered the neural pathways of our brains, ultimately manipulating the way our brain behaves", explains Daniel.
The constant stream of information and personalized content on social media platforms not only influences our decisions and beliefs but also subtly manipulates the way our brains operate.
"This is why we wrote this book - to alert the people about what is happening around. People who develop these technologies are very siloed and do not know what is happening out of their domain. It is this era that needs to be supervised", Daniel told Dinis.
Collective vigilance: Safeguarding the tech-driven era
In the rapidly evolving tech landscape, the responsibility of supervision transcends traditional boundaries. Teaching the younger generation is no longer solely about imparting knowledge but increasingly about equipping them with the essential skills to navigate and manage an ever-changing digital world.
The focus shifts from subjects to cultivating digital literacy, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making. As children grow up in an era where technology permeates every aspect of their lives, it becomes imperative to guide them in understanding the nuances of online interactions, data privacy, and the potential consequences of their digital footprint. Waiting for regulations to catch up with technological advancements is an exercise in futility.
"As we are building the foundations of this revolution for a better tomorrow, we cannot turn off the tech just to reset the world for 10 years. It is, therefore, vital t build these foundations representing as many people as possible", says Daniel.
By advocating for inclusive and forward-thinking policies, these entities can help shape the tech landscape in ways that prioritize safety, equity, and accessibility. Daniel believes that to achieve this, a collective action is essential, where every individual, from policymakers to technologists to end-users, has a part to play in ensuring the responsible development and use of technology.