Networked Minds: Where Human Evolution Is Heading (Chapter 7 of Digital Society)
D. Helbing, Digital Society, Forthcoming
26 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 12, 2014
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
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