Individuals evolve, and therefore a society of individuals evolves. A long time ago, we developed language, division of labor, teamwork, and leadership so that the tribe could have a successful hunt. A little later, we developed writing so that knowledge could be shared and survive to future generations, and we began formally teaching our young. We assembled in cities with larger populations so that the creators could undertake larger-scale goals. We developed money, banking, investment capital, and skilled labor, all supporting the large-scale creators. We established free societies that protected creators from conquest and plunder.
We are presently in the Conceptual Evolution Period. This period is about increasing knowledge of the Laws of Reality, advancing technology, and increasing intelligence. Individuals pursuing their rational self-interest, from scientists to consumers, each contribute in some way to the discovery and accumulation of knowledge. Society is the information distribution network and the information storehouse for all this accumulated knowledge. By widely distributing this knowledge to individuals, society causes incremental increases in the intelligence of its populations. Each new human has a more significant body of accumulated knowledge to create the neural pathways and functional integrations in his brain than his predecessors. Before a new human can learn this advanced knowledge, he must learn how to use his conceptual faculty. Society’s first function, therefore, is to teach new humans how to think.
We will soon enter a technological era where individuals can assemble in virtual reality, transporting their conscious focus across any distance using "almost teleportation." They will communicate using “almost telepathy.” They will have instantaneous access and the ability to search the entire storehouse of knowledge in more powerful ways, and the ability to join to tackle problems. Their technologically augmented intelligence will far surpass the humans of today. This new technologically advanced society will accelerate the discovery of Laws of Reality and the development of new technology in ways we cannot foresee today. What it means to be a rational being will not change. Still, we cannot fully appreciate how different our lives and our society will become.
[Excerpt from the book, "INTELLOPY: Survival and Happiness in a Collapsing Society with Advancing Technology" by JJ Kelly https://intellopy.com/ ]