Fellow Citizens of Earth:
During our digital age of privacy laws, data breaches, and consumer profiling; the distinct split happening within psychological minds of individuals needs to be addressed.
Our minds are being located, followed, stored, and traded. Our personalities, habits, and life expectancies have been determined by complicated sets of data. It could be imagined as something like an “avatar”, a digitized character, or a “BitMoji”. It looks like you, it acts like you, you can control it, make it do different things. Its exactly like you in almost every way. It’s character is shaped by the items we shop for, the stuff we search on Google, the places we go, the things we eat… the list can be seemingly endless. Yet still, its mind is not ours, it is a spirit unto itself.
So, this begs the question; what anchor do we have? How is this “avatar” different from us? What do statistics NOT display about a person? What is our avatar missing, that separates it from us? What does it mean to actually be a human?
Well, A body. A living, breathing, physical structure. But is it this simple?
Currently, I use a DNA service called “23 and me”. It compares my DNA data with other users and discoveries are made. Like how likely i am to smell asparagus in my urine. So, while its a far cry from the more intimate details, perhaps DNA data will one day determine the intricacies of our physical bodies as well. This would also contribute to our avatar, making it look more like us. But will it ever HAVE a body?
Our bodies remain the one thing standing between the avatars we are unknowingly creating, and who we really are (even if Google damn well knows that you took a shit today with a greater than 50% accuracy).
So, a psychological split is occurring with regards to our relationship to this avatar. Dont think so? People everywhere are living by the laws their data has created. Top statistical methods to every aspect of life. These methods were created stored and shared from other avatars data. I mean if you could tailor a “perfect life” for yourself by following your avatars example, wouldnt you? Fancy a little Lifestyle Design?
Chances are, like me, youre farther into this rabbit hole than you thought…
A visionary of our time, Elon Musk, had recently made suspicions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) being mankind’s next “biggest threat”. I admire Elon, but believe it could be taken one step further by saying:
It has become upon us: we are becoming the artificial intelligence.