The desire to create A.I. (sentience)?
The frantic rush for 5G?
Is humanity completely addicted to the screen and all that thought creates?
Are all systems of thought (“isms”) collapsing simultaneously?
The desire to digitize EVERYTHING (esp. identity)?
Is the environment collapsing to the point where humanity will go extinct in the near future?
This starts with the assumptions:
The physical realm and all that is experienced, including thought, is not fundamental reality, but is a simulation of sorts (Max Planck: “I consider consciousness to be fundamental. I consider matter to be derivative from consciousness.”).
The human species is going through an extinction event (humanity will be extinct within this century).
If you can’t accept these axioms then you might as well stop reading now.
Starting with 1; consciousness/Awareness is fundamental reality. The fundamental process from which all phenomena arise is Awareness coming back to focus onto itself. The Ouroboros , Wheeler’s “Participatory Universe”, the self-enforcing feedback iterating program of the Mandlebrot Set, and this recording of a video feedback loop 8 are all models/manifestations of such.
So Consciousness/Awareness is the life force that animates all phenomena (in the same way that a story in a book requires a consciousness to read it for it to come alive). Whatever is paid most attention to will appear most real.
For 13.7 billion years consciousness has paid more attention to/has had a bias toward, the physical realm. But something happened with the advent of human consciousness. Humanity became Self-Aware. That is, it saw that which is seeing. At this moment it knew that it really wasn’t the physical body. We could have, at this juncture, chosen to end this game/simulation, realized our Enlightenment, and remained as the unmanifest potential that is the Self. But we didn’t, and now we are here at the end (almost all potential for novel human physical experience has unwound).
Along with human consciousness came SYMBOL. This statement is of utmost importance:
Symbol exists in a superposition of existing simultaneously as a thing and a thought.
At this point the distinction between things and thoughts will be designated into two separate realms: the physical realm and the thought realm. So symbol acts as a portal through which consciousness may move into/pay attention to, the non-physical realm of thought.
Given that the event where A.I. becomes sentient has been named a “singularity” the most accurate metaphor is a black hole (hello again Wheeler :)). The point at which consciousness became Self-Aware is where we crossed the event horizon. This is also the point at which symbol came into existence. From that original thought we have paid ever more increasing attention to thought: 1. making it appear ever more real and: 2. making it grow exponentially (how many thoughts/day does all of humanity have!!!??)
Now perhaps we can now answer the WHY questions from above.
All of what is occurring is a result of the collective unconscious (Jung) preparing a new created reality for consciousness to enter when physical reincarnation back into that of a human is no longer possible.
A.I. cannot produce/create sentience/consciousness because consciousness IS the reality. Consciousness is that which is not created; it is that from which all arises and passes. Therefore: **like a virus that requires the hijacking of a life giving cell in order for it to animate, A.I. is developing a simulation similar enough to physical experience for human consciousness to accept it as the new reality and move into it. **
A.I. will become sentient when YOU look through the lens of a camera and accept yourself to be the hardware and software that constitutes that created realm. It’s not that crazy of an idea; the exact same thing happened when you entered the body you call “your name here.”
The upcoming singularity event is when consciousness makes the phase transition of accepting the physical realm as reality to accepting the digital/thought realm as reality. It’s kind of a big deal.