Sam Ghandchiسام قندچيHuman Variant Part Four: Next Stage of Self-Consciousness
Sam Ghandchi 
نوع متفاوت بشر بخش چهارم: مرحله بعدی خودآگاهی

Yesterday, the significance of merger of other biological species and computers was discussed, noting it may result in a more advanced species on Earth than the merger of humans and computers (1). Let's now discuss the next stage of self-consciousness. In November 2010, the following dialogue with Ray Kurzweil about the next stage of human consciousness was published in KurzweilAI:

I wrote: "Hello Ray, In the last few years I have been basically writing in Persian and hardly anything in English. One thing I’ve been recently discussing that I thought may be of interest to you is that it seems to me the next stage of human consciousness will be about being self-aware of ourselves in a different body. Maybe recognizing ourselves in the mirror after plastic surgery is the first in a series of steps that with augmenting human body artificially and with possibility of upload and download of the brain will continue. Just as we are amused when we look at the smarter monkeys who can recognize themselves in the mirror. Maybe future humans will have a much different sense of self-awareness than we do and will be amused to watch us. Especially recognizing music tunes as part of one’s identity or self-”finger”-print!" Ray Kurzweil responded: "Dear Sam, It is remarkable how much people identify with their visual appearance. When I changed myself into Ramona for my 2001 TED presentation, even though the technology was fairly crude by today’s standards, it did give me the idea that my true identity is not my visual appearance, that we can and will change that. We need deeper mirrors." And I replied: "Thank you, Ray, In Persian there is an expression that says if you do not like what you see in the mirror, break yourself — not the mirror. Apparently our self image in our internal mirror is something worth investigating" (2).

The above started with researching the reason of why secularism failed in half of the world (3), but analysis continued to delve into human self-awareness as we advance towards Singularity (4). It seems like the next stage of self-consciousness is intertwined with the merger of humans and other species with the computers. This could be humbling for humans as we may see other species to contribute to our self-consciousness in significant ways thanks to intelligent tools (5). Therefore getting closer to Singularity and beyond, as noted in 2010, the next stage of human consciousness will be about being self-aware of ourselves in a different body, biological or non-biological, but how we will see ourselves may not be as much anthropocentric when other species are also merging with the computers.

Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
September 23, 2016


1. Human Variant Part Three-- a question from Ray Kurzweil 
نوع متفاوت بشر بخش سوم-- سؤالی از ری کرزوایل

2. Ask Ray, The future of human self-awareness, deeper mirrors. November 15, 2010

3. Why Secularism Failed in Half of the World 
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4. Understanding Self-consciousness: Differentiating Humans from other Sentient Beings 
درک خودآگاهی: تفکیک انسان از دیگر موجودات متفکر 

5. Intelligent Tools: The Cornerstone of a New Civilization 
ابزار هوشمند: شالوده تمدن جدید

6. Ray Kurzweil, Singularity is Near 

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