Are we conscious enough for AI?

“Consciousness” created by @Sheilaaliens by using Midjourney AI notebook

What is awareness awakening?

Other terms to define “awareness awakening” would be “spiritual awakening” “consciousness awakening” or simply “the awakening”. Everyone has their own explanation but for me, it’s to understand the power of collective consciousness, the power of our inner spirit, and the power of choices guided by courage instead of fear. I often laugh when science magazines quote neuroscientists trying to explain consciousness in brain terms. As Ken Wilber puts it in his book Eye to Eye: The Quest for the New Paradigm: “Attempting to ground transcendental truth claims in brain psychology is about as useful as hooking Einstein to an EEG in order to find out if E really does equal mc2.”

A society led by fear?

Did anyone say “civilization”? In the collective, the word civilization is often used to contrast savage and primitive cultures of the past, typically asserting that technology makes knowledge of the ancient world obsolete. After all, today’s humans can ride planes, build rockets, and use computers to launch invasions and satellites. I honestly can’t think of something more ridiculously absurd than to forget what the ancients already learned for us. Again, everything is about perspective. In the book, Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge, A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna, I learned how ancient cultures organized death and rebirth ceremonies using psychoactive mushrooms, where one’s ego and fear would be left behind for a true self to awaken.

Credit: McKenna Academy

AI did not invent itself

Even though AI was first invented around 1950 by a group of scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers including Alan Turing, our fascination with self-operating robots dates back to Talos from Greek mythology, a giant automaton made of bronze, created to protect Europa from pirates and invaders. It continued with a mechanical version of Talos in the heartless tin man in The Wizard of Oz and so on to Maria of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

Now what?

Those who are innovating AI technologies must mandate conscious contemplation, to themselves and future generations. If you are wondering how we can all contribute to a future where artificial intelligence and technology serve the elation of humankind, and not the other way around, this article has a step-by-step guide on how we will get there.

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Pinar Seyhan Demirdag

Pinar Seyhan Demirdag

AI director, co-founder of Seyhan Lee. I write about provocative innovative intelligence and the confluence of science and spirit.