People ask, what will we do once all the “jobs” are all shipped overseas or made redundant by technology. We. Will. Create.
– Rick Knight
Photo credit: Aurora by Charles Gadeken http://charlesgadeken.com/
We only know of Bach because low bandwidth paper substrates have immortalized him. Below is a digital resurrection and rendition of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in 1080p. ThePianoguys art experienced here exists in a new substrate of high bandwidth. It is amazing to think that prior to 1860 every musical note played by artists has been lost forever.
“One reason we are richer, healthier, taller, cleverer, longer-lived, and freer than ever before is that the four most basic human needs-food, clothing, fuel, and shelter-have grown markedly cheaper. Take one example: In 1800, a candle providing one hour’s light cost six hours’ work. In the 1880′s, the same light from a kerosene lamp took 15 minutes work to pay for. In 1950, it was eight seconds. Today, it’s half a second. In these terms, we are 43,200 times better off than in 1800.” – Matt Ridley (Rational Optimist)
Think about that – 43,200 times better off than we were in 1800′s. Yet, artists of that age still found the time to create works of art that we can still find wonder and awe in today. We have been afforded the opportunity to all become artists with the abundance of time we have at our disposal. So what’s stopping us?
We have been formed by the “bureaucratic administrative machine”. Public schooling has made us cogs in the British Empire’s military-industrial machine. The Victorians, 300 years ago, constructed an education system to mass-produce identical cogs and gears to keep the machine running. Schools, manufacture generations of workers for the industrial age, not artists. Schools are obsolete, and what they produce for today’s world is obsolete.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
The question is often asked to me; “Without jobs, what would people do!? There would be a whole generation of lazy good for nothings”. A life, lived free of obligation leads to creation. Stagnation is a perspective that blinds the imagination. Value, should not be measured from the sweat off of our backs or calluses on our keyed fingers. We are no longer the gears of the system. If there were an accurate measurement for the value of a human life, I would weigh the ‘Condensation of Imagination’. Awareness is the ability to have a mental model of the external world. Imagination is the ability to mold that mental model and render it into reality. Technology has paved a way for us to all become artists. What we chose to create will be the new benchmark of value and worth in the digital age.
“Unbounded by space-time, the new immortal artist will reach out across the ages and beyond the bounds of our known galaxy. This new trans-immortal artist will gaze into the mind of the universal experience and create from a place far beyond the death drive. The canvas will be consciousness and they will paint with stardust.” – Gray Scott
Kevin, who also goes by the moniker ‘Techno-Optimist’, is a philosopher, futurist, researcher, lecturer, and the Executive Director of SeriousWonder.com. He enjoys educating and speaking optimistically about the future and technology. Follow him on Twitter @TechnoOptimist