Now here’s the good news. We CAN navigate the turbulence of our times by recognizing that the real state of power is culture. What I mean by this is that it is cultural narratives that drive our behaviors. And it is cultural norms that “select” for pathological behaviors. So if we want to design our way through this maelstrom of crises we will have to become culture designers who learn how to guide and shape the evolution of entire societies.
The universe is a quantum computer, Lloyd concluded. Biological life is all about extracting meaningful information from a sea of bits. For instance, photosynthesis uses quantum mechanics in a very sophisticated way to increase its efficiency. Human life is expanding on what life has always been — an exercise in machine learning.