Evolution of Technology

As depicted in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”, humankind has had incremental, disruptive leaps in technology. But, unlike in the movie, where these were handed down to us by some greater power, we should not keep hoping for someone to hand technology to us. Just like the Renaissance accelerated the industrial revolution, we are poised to accelerate the technological revolution which will get us closer to an ideal life not limited to our planet. And we will do so on our own.

We have graduated from the days of huge computers, with knobs and keyboards, to ones held in our hands with touchscreens. From landline phones which were tied to our homes, to mobile phones which have made us (and the world to us) accessible from everywhere. But, we have done so at a slow pace, starting with the semi-conductor and now on the threshold of quantum computing and artificial intelligence. This progress has been defined by discoveries which happened over a period of time. But, what if we had imagined touchscreens and mobile phones back in the 1950s or 60s? And worked towards those technologies consciously instead of refining our devices slowly over a period of time, as and when a new discovery was made? Could we have gotten there earlier and / or with better technologies? Were we restricted by technologies of the time? Or our imagination?

While we are making ground-breaking discoveries in theoretical Physics, we are limiting our imagination and endeavours to proving the existence of more and more particles! It is understandable though. The argument for persisting with these methods can be: How can you learn a language without learning the alphabet? How can you learn about the nature of the Universe without understanding it’s building blocks? But a reverse argument can be this: the birth of language (at the dawn of time) didn’t begin with learning the alphabet. It began (though in a crude manner) with conversation and communication. The alphabet came afterwards. The same argument can be made for the evolution of technology.

The great hope though is research in Quantum Physics and Medicine, Body and Consciousness, which can be harnessed for the technologies we present in this book. But the caveat is that we should make an attempt to grasp Quantum Physics conceptually rather than mathematically, to make progress.

In our quest for evolution of our technologies let’s be audacious in our imagination. At least about what could be (which we discuss in this book), rather than how.

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