On September 16, 2017, Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters converged at the National Mall in Washington, DC. As they stood face-to-face, a profound moment unfolded that would transcend the era’s political and social dynamics. In my latest episode of the Power and Presence channel, I recount this remarkable event, and highlight its vital implications for human futures in the digital age. Most importantly, it suggests that we should not wait until our Big Tech overlords give us permission before we choose to develop a more conscious relationship with technology, and begin the transform our virtual landscapes.
This routine ensures that the thoughts running through my head are typically the ones I placed there, not the ones some politician, media or social media actor shoved into my skull. And it means the algorithms can’t get me till at least 1.00pm. My days and my life, therefore, have not become an instrument of Big Tech’s toxic profit models, nor have I become a useful idiot who can be herded like some bone-headed bovine into online advertising spaces, to chew on their noxious cud. I therefore remain focused upon the things that are of most value to me, not those that are of value to the CEO of some trillion dollar tech company. I use the tech. But it will not use me. I will no longer let it.
It’s this historical and civilizational impasse that led me to write my latest book, Power and Presence, and I am delighted to announce that it is now available on Kindle and in hard copy format on Amazon. The book’s subtitle hints at my preferred approach to the sensemaking crisis: Reclaiming Your Authentic Self in a Digitized World. I believe that it is in developing a more conscious relationship with ourselves (including the body and mind), the world and technology itself that we can establish a genuine foundation for moving forward. Simply regulating everything and punishing people isn’t going to work, at least not by itself. We have to look deeper than that, right into the soul of humanity, and ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be human in the digital age?” So, as much as anything, this is a meaning crisis, one that long precedes the digital age, and which has been developing for centuries.
Research indicates that when we employ our peripheral vision, our sense of presence, awe and wonder increases. We relax, gain a deeper perspective of our place in time and space and our capacity for spatial memory improves. We become more positive about the future and the jigsaw of life begins to piece itself together. Thus, as our gaze habitually collapses outward while peripherally constricting, we lose touch with the human spirit.
Amidst all this we are foundering upon the collapse of sensemaking, the digitization and politicization of everything, systematically retarding our ability to understand the world and our relationship with it. We have lost touch with our inner knowing, set adrift upon a vast ocean of competing narratives and agendas. Which captains are we to believe, which shores are we to seek, and which winds are we to reset sail upon? These are questions that lie at the heart of this book.
On this episode of The Consciousness Files you will find out how artificial intelligence will be superseded by artificial wisdom intelligence; how Facebook can connect not only our thoughts and words, but our consciousness; and how the hearts and brain-waves of people within corporations can be synchronised to create compassionate business futures.
In the age of social media and the internet the modern Sage has to endure a test to his awakening that Lao Zi and the Buddha would never have dreamed possible: how to stay centred while being bombarded with information. This includes the related problem of how to deal with trolls and haters on the…
NEWS/SCIENCE & TECH: I’m not sure many people are aware of this, but it will change the world as we know it. Drone technology – basically pilotless miniature aircraft with cameras – is expanding dramatically. Current legislation will open US airspace up to 400 feet to drones in the year 2015. Many of these…