“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,” have
become world best-sellers of over 20 million copies as shocking books. Yuval Noah
Harari, the author, is sounding the alarm to all humanity; “The day when your whole
being is hijacked by someone is just around the corner”――more to come both in
English and in Japanese.
Technology can help you a lot, but if technology gains too much power over your life, you
might become a hostage to its agenda.
Thousands of years ago human invented agriculture, but this technology enriched just
a tiny elite, while enslaving the majority of humans. Most people found themselves
working from sunrise to sunset plucking weeds, carrying water-buckets and harvesting
corn under a blazing sun. It can happen to you too.
Technology isn’t bad. If you know what you want in life, technology can help you get it.
But if you don’t know what you want in life, it will be all too easy for technology to shape
your aims for you and take control of your life.
Especially as technology gets better at understanding humans, you might increasingly
find yourself serving it, instead of it serving you. Have you seen those zombies who roam
the streets with their faces glued to their smartphones? Do you think they control the
technology, or does the technology control them?
As biotechnology and machine learning improve, it will become easier to manipulate
people’s deepest emotions and desires, and it will become more dangerous than ever to
just follow your heart. When Coca-Cola, Amazon, Baidu or the government knows how
to pull the strings of your heart and press the buttons of your brain, could you still tell the
difference between your self and their marketing experts?
To succeed in such a daunting task, you will need to work very hard in getting to know
your operating system better. To know what you are, and what you want from life. This is,
of course, the oldest advice in the book: know thyself.
For thousands of years philosophers and prophets have urged people to know
themselves. But this advice was never more urgent than in the twenty-first century,
because unlike in the days of Laozi or Socrates, now you have serious competition.
Coca-Cola, Amazon, Baidu and the government are all racing to hack you. Not your
smartphone, not your computer, and not your bank account――they are in a race to
hack you and your organic operating system.
You might have heard that we are living in the era of hacking computers, but that’s hardly
half the truth. In fact, we are living in the era of hacking humans.
The algorithms are watching you right now. They are watching where you go, what you
buy, who you meet. Soon they will monitor all your steps, all your breaths, all your
heartbeats. They are relying on Big Data and machine learning to get to know you better
and better. And once these algorithms know you better than you know yourself, they
could control and manipulate you.
If the algorithms indeed understand what’s happening within you better than you
understand it, authority will shift to them. Of course, you might be perfectly happy ceding
all authority to the algorithms and trusting them to decide things for you and for the rest
of the world. If so, just relax and enjoy the ride. You don’t need to do anything about it.
The algorithms will take care of everything.
If, however, you want to retain some control of your personal existence and of the future
of life, you have to run faster than the algorithms, faster than Amazon and the
government, and get to know yourself before they do. To run fast, don’t take much
luggage with you. Leave all your illusions behind. They are very heavy.
※ご参考に(For your reference)。
- 作者:H. H. Dalai Lama
- 出版社/メーカー: Brilliance Audio
- 発売日: 1628
- メディア: CD