The future of the Human Mind, in its expanding abilities, creations and intentions, will shape the future or non-future of our species -- the ultimate fate of Humankind. This statement, of course does not give effect to natural disasters, radical climatic change, and other uncontrollable variables which may well defy attempts at prediction. Am then of course, there is the incredible potential of the cloud -- allowing for uploading, downloading, storing sharing and a tremendous volume of informational exchange mechanisms
With some of the technologies which we have at our disposal today, especially those lending themselves to cloud-mind interface, this "Future Human Mind" may be a synergistic multilateral polygamous marriage or fusion of a Human organ and an electronic data cloud.
Further this could be a new species unto itself, with access to resources and a thought capture and exchange mechanism that makes the potential for ideation and creation of a new reality infinite and largely unforeseeable. What some may consider a great intellectual or cognitive enhancement might, in fact be opening up the doorway to the extinction of Humankind as we've come to know it, and to rise of a collective creature (born of multiple minds in a giant router) which will supplant all of what we consider Human and reign with an indomitable power all its own.
Our minds (through our information and communications devices) are already in the cloud as a computer connectivity phenomenon ... but The Global Futurist Blog believes that it is a matter of less than 15 years (being quite conservative) before a "safe" technology is created where the connection device can be eliminated, and every individual will be able to become linked into the cloud [and the cloud, of course, linked to each of those individuals].
The fusion of the organic mind, with inorganically-derived programs and devices is occasionally regarded as Transhumanism, and is spoken of with a doubtful and negative tone. Yet, I believe, as probably did the legendary Faust, that more knowledge is better. While I am afraid of the truth, and the bliss which it will invariably occlude, I am, by my mind, of its own accord as a creature apart from myself, compelled to grow it capabilities. Every living organism has an inherent survival component inherent in its very design -- and I believe that these survivors develop, secondarily, a need to grow -- to acquire more control over more territory.
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Following is a slightly dated but increasingly, screamingly relevant article which appears courtesy of the BigThink Newsletter, which is one of the finest resources for any Futurist worth his or her weight in Unobtainium. On a serious note, BigThink is a tremendous inspiration in terms of topics worth thinking about, writing about, and being proactive about. It is, put in my simple terms, an idea genesis machine. Read on, and remember that The Global Futurist Blog utilizes BigThink as an inspiration as well as a powerful, uniquely-original prediction resource.
We are going to create synthetic neocortexes in order to extend our own neocortexes. . . . Read >>
I am certain that you found the article to be thought-provoking and stimulating. Remember, in The Braintenance Blog I have repeatedly stressed the point that the more that you use your brain in such exercises as reading, problem-solving and in full-sensory imagination, the more powerful it becomes -- just as any other muscle in the Human body, with an added enhancement --- as you develop your mind, it affects (electronically, magnetically and biochemically) every single muscle in your body, down to the sub-cellular level. This represents self-initiated, self-paced, personalized evolution.