A futurist, historian, and noted WEF freak Yuval Noah Harari suggested that human beings might need to “relearn how to see and walk” in an augmented reality that separates individuals from their “physical and biological” world in a podcast discussion with Tom Bilyeu, published on Tuesday.
Harari, an author and World Economic Forum (WEF) adviser, emphasized humanity's capacity for change and abstract thinking in his contemplation of a technologically-driven paradigm shift in the human condition with the framework of virtual reality.
Humanity would need to be able to “let go” of timeless and universal elements of human existence such as sight and walking, he mused.
“Perhaps the most crucial quality to thrive and be successful in 21st century life is mental flexibility. Not only to be able to keep learning and evolving — but also to be able to let go.”
“One of the reasons it's difficult to master new skills is that we hang on to. … Let me offer an example that shows how deeply this is held: it's not only what you learnt in college or did in kindergarten. It's even the things you learned in the beginning as a baby or when you were a toddler, for example, the ability to see or even walk.”
“As the technology of virtual reality advances — and in conjunction with the talk about the metaverse, and other such concepts which we'll talk about in the future — more frequently will be the case that there are going to be a lot other activities that shift from the physical and biological world we are familiar with to the new reality called one that is virtual that is governed by distinct biological and physical laws.”
Harari continued, “Can we as humans simply shift into the non-material Metaverse and leave our physical bodies in the dust? It isn't it difficult or even risky to attempt to be able to separate our physical and mental existence from our physical and bodily existence?”
Bilyeu alluded to the centrality of physicality to the human condition while considering a technologically-driven attempt of divorcing humanity from physical existence.
“I am very grounded in biology,” said the scientist. “Will it be fascinating to see a completely virtual species to be able to exist in [virtual reality]? It could be fun but it won't be helpful to us. Even those who are thinking of uploading their thoughts I've thought about the idea many times -it's an exact copy of me however it wouldn't be me.”
He added, “So all of this sorrow of death I'm hoping to avoid through this does nothing to help. It might give the same feeling of having a child, but it's not going to keep me from having to confront death.”