Where we are today — and why this book
Humans have been revolutionizing the world since the existence of Home Sapience-Sapience. In the early days of mankind, evolutionary changes took hundreds of years for even tiny steps. Over time different steps happened simultaneously. And the more simultaneous steps happened the faster the evolution moved forward. Still even 500 years ago we may had several hundred advances a year, it was still almost insignificant. Every new discovery was carefully woven into the existing knowledge. As we all know that changed rapidly after the industrial revolution and still continues to accelerate.
The past 200 years
Only in the past 200 years we found ways to share new discoveries much faster which sparked new ideas and new discoveries and we experience exponential growth in knowledge. During the same time period the human race is experiencing a new fear for the first time. The fear to starve to death or be eaten by wild animals vanished away and is replaced by the fear of change. Everything radically new is disturbing over 80% of the population, making them truly fearful. Even though knowing that after some time they can’t live without it: Iron tools, Stone built homes, Steam ships, Airplanes, Automobiles, Radio and TV, Internet, Social Media, Online Shopping – the majority fears change.
Massive global work on AI
Today many hundred thousand people from more than 50 countries work on different aspects of Artificial Intelligence. The number of scientist and software developer is growing by the month. Many even work on their own with no pay just because the topic is so compelling. On the other hand people embrace the idea to stop it, making the prognosis that robots will completely eradicate humans. Worried about their own imperfection and knowingly making terrible mistakes, just not knowing how to stop it. We will see how the artificial humanoids will help in the biggest human conflict of all times so far.