Networked Minds: Where Human Evolution Is Heading (Chapter 7 of Digital Society)

D. Helbing, Digital Society, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2014  

Dirk Helbing

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS)

Date Written: December 12, 2014

Abstract

Having studied the technological and social forces shaping our societies, we are now turning to the evolutionary forces. Among the millions of species on earth, humans are truly unique. What is the recipe of our success? What makes us special? How do we decide? How will we further evolve? What will our role be, when algorithms, computers, machines, and robots are getting ever more powerful? How will our societies change? I argue that it's the particular combination of social abilities, diversity, and the hunger for information, which drives our societies and their cultural evolution at a speed thousands times faster than biological evolution! In fact, humans are curious by nature – we are a social, information-driven species. And that is why the explosion of data volumes and processing capacities will transform our societies more fundamentally than any other technology has done in the past.

Keywords: new decision theory, rational agent, self-regarding and other-regarding preferences, evolution, homo economicus, homo socialis, wisdom of crowds, collective intelligence

JEL Classification: A00

Suggested Citation

Helbing, Dirk, Networked Minds: Where Human Evolution Is Heading (Chapter 7 of Digital Society) (December 12, 2014). D. Helbing, Digital Society, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2537497

Dirk Helbing (Contact Author)

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) ( email )

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Clausiusstrasse 50
Zurich, 8092
Switzerland

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