Technology evolves, but not quite like biology. We humans generate supply and demand for innovation, and that creates technological change. The relationship is complicated; it’s true that humans do use technology, but technology also uses us. You could say the human economy is cultivating a new order of intelligence on the planet.
We live in a time of truly historical changes in humanity’s relationship with technology, as we stand before a new era of intelligent machines. Humans are now facing difficult and extremely nuanced questions about our relationship with machines, as we scratch our collective heads, puzzling over the emerging new partnership between Humanity and Machine. One of the core themes of the “Intelligent Machines and Us” section of the Vital Edge is that the essential nature of this partnership is the formation of a new container for humanity’s collective intelligence.