Act Like Robots So Humanity Can Survive

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.

Many people, specialists, and the media say we are losing our ability to focus.

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.

Otherwise, we won’t react to anything. The future is nothing but a sea of information. The coming Tsunami of data will make you feel like a harvest mouse lost in a hurricane.

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.


About Blog Boss

Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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2 Responses to Act Like Robots So Humanity Can Survive

  1. Juli Hoffman says:

    I think society has changed faster than biology. Think about it. Not many generations ago, our ancestors were farmers, etc. We didn’t HAVE this much information to think about. Books were expensive, so if you could read, and had access to them, you’d read the same books, over and over again. You didn’t have to process all the subtext in one sitting. Mundane/practical work took up most of our ancestor’s time.

    I remember when our hot water heater died. We had to go a couple of days without hot showers. I thought, “Hey! No big deal. I’ll heat some hot water up on the stove. We’ll take baths.” OMG!!! Do you know how LONG that took? Even with a gas stove, It took forever to heat up enough water to clean up in. A “true bath” was out of the question! It made me appreciate how wonderful modern society is. It takes time to make bread from scratch, or sew clothes by hand, or to grow and prepare your own veggies. It takes time to prepare excess food stores, so your family wouldn’t starve to death during the winter months. We, as a people, didn’t fill our heads up with Facebook and whatnot, because it didn’t exist! LOL

    As a person who suffers from “shiny object syndrome,” I find that I get less distracted when I limit the amount of technology I’m exposed to. *Squirrel!* It’s not a perfect system by any means, but doing things like keeping the TV out of the main room in our house, helps to limit the distractions.

    I do worry a bit over future generations, but I wouldn’t want to go back to the way things were back in the “good old days.” I think there IS a lot of impulsive behavior in our modern society. We, as a society, don’t know how to wait for things. We don’t understand that some things happen seasonally. We want what we want, when we want it, all year long. What does that mean for the future? Only time will tell.

    In general, I think we’re living in an exciting time in history. Never before has the world been so connected as we are right now! You wrote a post on a blog and I, a stranger, was able to respond ALL the way from here. How cool is that!!!

    Have a great day!

  2. The trick to driving in fog is that you don’t look farther than you can see. Subsequently, you will unconsciously adjust your speed to a safe, but effective level, and you won’t be panicked by trying to discern a safe path through uncharted territory.

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