6.0 Coming to our senses
“These animals… you gotta take care of them… and not eat them.” #OurFuture
Over millions of years, our senses have evolved to meet life’s most urgent problems and avoid danger. That survival instinct has been our best advantage.
For humans today, we have no greater skill to deal with the arrival of robots than our creativity.
One of the binaries of Emergent code sanctifies the agelessness of human life by understanding the best way to protect our future is by appreciating the innocence of children.
Children are our connection with the truest human self. Today’s newborns are a hope for the future at a time where the fear of digital is becoming real and there is an increasing appreciation of the need for a new model.
We are now living, in real time, as a collective and beginning to understand what’s good for our brains as connected humans.
If you do a Google search for ‘celebrate best things life’, what you will get is ‘celebrate small things in life’.
Best is not always small. Best can be big.
So beware the risk of algorithms encouraging you to think small.
How well do we use our senses to connect to the essential elements of human development that we once experienced in childhood? This is key to our future, where the value is in supporting inquisitiveness, joy, wonder and play to ensure a minimum viable prosperity for the digital human.
Kevin Kelly suggests that the greatest value of code and the central economic imperative of the new economy is to amplify relationships. The economy can create what we might call generative value instead of extractive value through sharing.
Meerkat has had an instant appeal in 2015 because of how it amplifies sharing and relationships through rich immersive media and live streaming .
As analytical understanding and data literacy develops, open design and networked intelligence can support human freedom and happiness at the heart of the next wave, so organic engagement remains a more potent a force than induced action and that our essential human well-being is supported through a framework of economic development.
If you could conjure up in your mind ten of the best things in life and thought about these things on the way home, every day, instead of drudgery, fully believing that it would be possible to realise and encode them, how might the course of human existence change?
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey
This section of Emergent code is a sensory one, using sight, touch, taste, smell, music, imagination and feeling to look at the art of experience design that code can create for digital human.