The primary motivation of this blog is to record my reflections on materials I come across related to this question:
What is it to be human in hyperhistory?
The initial difficulty may be defining what I mean by “hyperhistory” but actually, the greater problem is perhaps what I mean by “human”. And whether human is a broad enough category of concern.
However, I’m not going to get into definitions here. This is partly because finding such definitions is part of the purpose of this project and partly because I don’t think they will help clarify my intent.
Instead, I’ll list just a few of the questions I’ve been thinking about as I started this project:
- Can machines think about things or are they merely symbol processors, dead things with no possibility of consciousness? If so, what makes human consciousness special?
- How do we see ourselves when our technologies no longer needs us?
- Is the future fully determined by technology? Are we fated to adopt technologies because they can be invented?
- What do we actually know when the information we hold to be true lives mostly on the Internet and is immediately accessible via our devices (i.e. not just in our brains)?
- What does the world look like when our capabilities have been modified and augmented?
About the Author
This blog is the work of Seyed Razavi, a technologist and student of philosophy. Born in Tehran, Iran, he lives in London, England. He is married with two children.