There is a battle playing out in our lives for our thoughts, our story, and our very humanness. Recent advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual reality, have blurred the boundary between pure human and human – machine hybrids. A new generation of computer chips implanted into the organs and tissue of the body, gene edited human embryos and human – digital interfaces linking our neurons with computer software have brought us to a crossroads in human evolution. For the first time since we mysteriously appeared on earth 200,000 years ago, we are forced to make a choice that sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie — to either preserve the unique characteristics that give us our humanness, or to give in to the temptation of power and efficiency made possible by human – machine hybrids. Beyond these two choices, however, new discoveries revealing a deeper human potential tell us there is another option.
A growing body of scientific evidence has overturned 150 years of thinking when it comes to our origin, capabilities and, perhaps most importantly, our potential. The bottom line: Modern humans appeared on Earth 200,000 years ago with the extraordinary abilities offered by artificial intelligence, and more, already in place rather than developing these abilities slowly and gradually over a long period of time.
These discoveries reveal the third choice for human evolution — to develop and maximize the potential that’s been with us from the time of our origin. It’s this pure and uniquely human potential that reveals the deepest truths of our existence and exceeds the capabilities of chip implants and robotic bodies.
Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, researcher, educator, lecturer and internationally renowned as a pioneer bridging modern science, spirituality, and human potential.