Blog: An incomplete history of prediction & techno-capitalism
The brains of homo sapiens are prediction engines. The evolution of humanity is towards complete information.
- We named things, designated ownership, labeled them with language and text.
- We observed our place in the universe, set the rules of physics and time as agreed principles for organized society.
- We charted oceans and lands to decide how and where to move.
- With markets, we assigned value to physical objects based on their relationship to our society and the individual.
- We created ledgers, recorded interactions as transactions using data.
- We built tools and industry to remove ourselves from survivalism and roles of nature.
- More important roles of nature — resource production — were assigned to machines.
- We conceived of organizational process to reduce unknowns and expand our safety to make predictions.
- We indexed people, businesses, addresses, websites.
- We searched and connected ideas to agreed stores of fact.
- We expanded access to a collective and still-disparate human intelligence beyond what our brains could process.
- So, we began curating, filtering, improving our search and intention expression for the information’s use with more advanced applications.
- The layers of software grew until we considered the behavior of the functions a kind of intelligence.
- We added learning loops and proclaimed “artificial intelligence,” and designed platforms to be fed more and more data.
- Our computational power and processing methods expanded to match the data hunger.
- We replicated and hoarded existing types of data, and did not know how to translate it into the fuel for our machines.
- Our prediction engines are augmented by digital prediction engines, created as a hybrid between the brain of our own image and the machine logic of our past tools.
- The physical world is being digitized for a near-complete information.
- Our ledgers are decentralizing and becoming ubiquitous
Any time our prediction capabilities had a significant expansion in history, a huge new economy and expectation for civilization was realized.
- Certain organizations and tools gave (some of us) time and space for human imagination, which was applied to new systems and their interests
- Improved data mathematics improved projections and predictions.
- The interconnection of people, machines, and their data across borders and languages unlocked access to a more complete, contextualized information.
The buzz of pre-explosion from past breakthroughs is now swimming through an augmented reality.
- We are creating accurate, interactive mirrorworlds based on both proven and expanded consciousness.
- Models as prediction-intentions are running on near-complete physical and digital datasets.
- Complex simulations are elaborate predictions still struggling with context. They are presented as games and stories of likely and possible futures.
- Once simulation-prediction accuracy ascends beyond the threshold of acceptable risk, we will entrust major assessments and decisions of human trajectory to automated process.