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My Take on Mo Gawdat's Post on AI


My take:


Mo Gawdat, I think we can still be the smartest on the planet, or at least the most aware.


It will require educating ourselves anew. The old way of education–minimizing one's view as "bias" while valuing only the apparently objective has reached its limits. We can only blind ourselves to ourselves for so long without repercussions.


We need policy changes, but we also need a compelling story about who we are and how we interface with the world that is actionable while also philosophically, scientifically, and experientially consistent.


There are layers to what you are that are hardly ever spoken about. Almost all attention is dedicated to the physical layer, some to the mental, and almost none to the energetic, informational, and consciousness layers. All of these can be experienced. Cut off from ourselves, we cut ourselves off from the world, and the world begins to look like an increasingly dangerous place.


This is not only about introspection, but how we transform that introspection into a story and path forward that we weave together with the world. Philosophy and spirituality are of little use in this moment unless they transcend themselves in service of the world.


The next time you hear about how great tech is, roar about the greatness within you and the person next to you. Don't forget–the story of AI, the pandemic, climate change, and whatever is next is actually our story. We started writing it. We still hold the pen.

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