People differentiated themselves 100,000 years in the past by growing the flexibility to have an in depth reminiscence. Not simply “the place did I conceal the acorns” however wealthy and various recollections about folks and locations.

Only some thousand years in the past, we amplified this by making these recollections everlasting. Telling a narrative to another person dramatically will increase our reminiscence capability.

Then we began making and saving our notes.

After which we developed a standard language so we may share these notes with others. The library and the cloud meant that your reminiscence may grow to be my reminiscence too.

And solely not too long ago we added search, so the recollections and insights of a billion or extra folks might be simply accessed.

The sixth layer, now showing, is an intelligence that prompts us and tells us what’s on the market earlier than we even determine to seek for it.

No surprise we’re a bit dizzy. We simply multiplied our minds by many orders of magnitude. It’s straightforward to confuse another person’s reminiscence (or manipulation) with our hard-earned potential to recollect issues that really occurred to us.

And we’re now realizing that we now have the ability (and maybe the duty) to make use of shared data to make higher, extra considerate selections. And to deliberately edit out the manipulations and falsehoods which might be designed to unfold, to not enhance our lives.