Since life began around 3.5 billion years ago, it has developed into relatively sophisticated beings capable of thought and communication. Now, as humans, we have used these evolutionary superpowers to develop pervasive electrical networks that span the globe and connect together people similarly to the way neurons are connected in our brain. These global networks are having a profound impact on our development as a species, and are making modern science possible. In this clip from Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Freeman and a cyberneticist explain the dramatic transition we are undergoing.
The speed at which these networks send signals, the speed of light, closely resembles the speed at which our neurons communicate. We are metaphorically creating a planet sized hive-mind that multiplies or collective intellectual firepower by ten fold.
Even the large hadron collider utilized this modern connectivity to detect the Higgs Boson, a particle that required mountains of data and statistics to confirm. If Galileo had current technology like LHC‘s at his disposal, no doubt science would have exploded earlier.
One lesson to learn from these observations is that we’re privileged to live in this time. We’re witnessing one of humanity’s most critical transformations, and it’s taking place on computers. Knowledge is spreading at the universe’s fastest speed. The frontier of science is explosively traveling outward with the help of this new phenomena.
With no doubt, there will be profound implications for society as a whole.
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