How the plan for G.O.D. Is Great looked in 2009 ...
One World, One Life, One Mind
We are putting more new technology to work every day. The fountain of science
and technology continues to gush forth new solutions for the benefit of all who
find problems to solve with them. As the pace accelerates, we may ask where the
flood is taking us.
For me the answer is clear: we are advancing rapidly toward an integrated global
organization that will deepen and intensify until it becomes a single planetary
organism I call GO or Globorg. Our biology and our technology will merge in a
climactic integration of all human civilization to date. Whether we navigate the
flood wisely enough to survive with our ideals intact and enjoy the brave new
world of Globorg is up to us.
To explore this vision is my aim in this book. Starting from everyday life and
the new business opportunities it opens up, I look at how wave upon wave of
revolutionary progress in information technology is transforming our world as
never before. As advances in nanotech and robotics force the innovation through
industry worldwide, companies that ride the waves will find plenty of new ways
to feed our appetite for new lifestyles.
A precondition for making the best of the opportunities unfolding before us is
that we coordinate resource flows and legal and regulatory frameworks worldwide.
Globalized business technology can help politicians to meet this challenge. Big
corporations have interests that ramify into huge ecosystems of smaller
companies and further into the lives of billions of people. We can build a
political order that works via corporations to champion human rights.
The transformation of life on Earth that tech is seeding goes much further. As
we learn to deploy robots productively for more and more work, and as robots
improve in power and sophistication, so the extinction of the industrial
proletariat will look more and more threatening. Alarmists will raise the
specter of our paving the way to extinction of the human species in a tide of
robotic terminators with superhuman powers.
Salvation from such nightmares is easy. We shall merge with the robots. Biotech
and robotech will merge in an intimate molecular fusion where we extend
ourselves into machines. We have no interest in developing machines that
exterminate us and every interest in developing systems that extend and enhance
our own powers. Still, the dangers here are urgent enough to ensure that only a
global political order can secure a decent human future.
Science and technology have transformed not only our world but also our
understanding of ourselves. We shall review our deepest ideals and values
through the prism of an integrated global order based on pervasive cloud
technology and discover unprecedented opportunities. We shall put our minds
online and merge them in collective cloud minds. When consciousness resides
largely in the clouds and swirls in virtual centers that abstract from their
physical hosts, we shall achieve a kind of immortality.
As a species we shall bracket our entire legacy of ideas and philosophies as
developmental phases in the evolution of Globorg. Revolutionaries from the ranks
of the old monotheisms will merge their faiths into a new doctrine of the
evolution of life toward the Global Organic Dominion (GOD). By the end of this
century, many believers will regard planet Earth as the temple of GOD, in which
the elect are reborn as angelic beings in bionic bodies.
You may shudder at the cult of GOD. But with bionic spacecraft we shall go on to
explore new worlds and escape the cult of global monocentrism. Much of the way
to GO is all but certain: whether we like it or not, the development outlined
here is well under way and hard to stop. But much is up to us: we are the flight
crew on spaceship Earth in the Globorg century.