The Paradox of Free Will During Information Overabundance
I hope you can read to the end of this sentence. If you have come this far, you may have what it takes to continue until the end of this blog post. I have faith in you dear reader. But remember, your computer has already processed this sentence several million times over.
Are we becoming a world of people with attention spans closer to goldfish than to Einstein?
Could we be evolving or devolving? Imagine a future with humans who can not concentrate on ideas or words or sentences for more than a few seconds.
Some statistics say almost 10 percent of people under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
And adult cases are on the rise.
If pan-ADHD is our future, we may likely need to react to our thoughts faster. Information processing will be so fleeting in our minds, it’ll be do or die.
There is no way to keep more than one or two ideas in your head at a time. It’s a limitation, and an advantage, of evolution.
All evidence suggests information will increase. But our ability to handle this sea of data will only drown and distract us.
Information about all things, fat content of fast food burgers, gas mileage, concert ticket prices, weather movement, the temperature of the pavement in the noonday sun, the optimal tire pressure for winter, the amount of milli-seconds it took to find your search engine query, . . . . .
So, to save humanity, we may have to act more like robots.
Robots receive a program and process it immediately.
If people do this, humanity will never have to think hard about the thought it just forgot. It will have already acted upon it. We must give up our free will in order to navigate the information bubble. Process, react, reset, repeat.
Of course, this will make the world full of people acting on impulse.
We would be a world full of human androids, walking around in a fog, heads glued to our communication devices, not being able to sort out what is important and what is throw-away, eagerly awaiting the next data point that we must consume, or else, the world will surely end.