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DNA vs AI: The Primordial Cage Match Threatening Our Survival

Updated: Aug 5

In this era of exponential change and digital transformation, we find ourselves in a world where

human activity is deeply entwined with artificial intelligence (AI). As we shape and adapt our environments, our actions leave indelible marks on the landscapes of our businesses, designs, and, indeed, our consciousness.

The richness of our experiences, each moment unique yet universal, binds us together even as our DNA-inherited constraints shape our individual perceptions of the world. While we each develop strategies based on our understanding of the world, the profound reality is that AI is increasingly shaping that understanding.

In this digital age, our minds are governed not solely by our DNA, but by the complex algorithms of AI systems. The disparity between the breakneck speed of technological innovation and the slow pace of genetic evolution is where many challenges lie. The world around us has been revolutionized by AI, yet our primal instincts, like those that lead to jet lag or social media addiction, have remained relatively static, anchored by our DNA.

Our brains, evolved for survival, tend to focus on immediate threats and pleasures. This trait can lead us to underestimate the profound impacts of exponential change brought about by AI. While our internal wiring remains largely unchanged, the external contexts have drastically shifted, disrupted by the emergence of new digital ecosystems.

However, this disruption isn't just a challenge; it's also an opportunity. As AI continues to reshape our world, our responsibility lies in evolving our thinking to match the pace of this change. One approach is to model technology adoptions before they're launched, which allows us to understand and potentially mitigate or leverage their impacts better. Another is to use it to develop AI-assisted strategies and plans that give us insight into both.

We are neither passive victims nor absolute masters in this exponential era. Rather, we are participants in an intricate dance with AI, where the melody is a constant adaptation. Understanding the symbiotic relationship between our minds, our DNA, and AI can help us harness the power of this technology for societal advantage while remaining mindful of potential drawbacks.

The key, I think lies not just in understanding AI but in understanding ourselves in the context of AI. As we navigate this complex interactive landscape, we must remember that it's not just about molding AI to fit our world; it's also about evolving ourselves and how we adapt to the new human-machine adaptation dance that will allow us to continue to survive and dance in a world that's constantly being reshaped by AI.

Michael Wright

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