For the finale of my trilogy of posts on my united mind theory, I'd like to talk about how technology plays a role in the idea of us being God. So far I've said that our power of will is what constructs reality. Add to that our freedom of will, and it would seem that we should be able to do pretty much anything we could imagine (i.e. telekinesis, flying, etc). In that case we really would have what we consider the power of God. But obviously we can't do that (trust me, I've tried). This coincides of course with the idea of the collective agreement of rules, but maybe we didn't want to strip ourselves of this power entirely. Maybe we want to gradually gain this power while we also gain the wisdom from experience to responsibly use it.
This is where technology comes into play. We can build tools to manipulate just about every aspect of physics to accomplish nearly everything we can think of. We can build planes to fly, we can build robots to move things without using our own hands, and so on. And if things like Star Trek are any bit close to the truth, we can expect a great deal more power to come. Who's to say we won't someday build something to give us the power of a god?
That day may come sooner than you think. The movie Transcendent Man was mentioned in class, which is about a guy named Ray Kurzweil. He believes that an event he calls the technological singularity will occur within the next 20 years or so. This event is when we will create - either through artificial intelligence or by modifying our own bodies/brains with implants and genetic engineering - a new level of intelligence far beyond our own at this time. It is called a singularity because, much like you can't see beyond the event horizon of a singularity (black hole), we can't predict what this new intelligence will do and thus what the future beyond this moment will be like. Not only because we don't know how much it will be capable of, but because we also don't know what it would even want to do with its power.
I for one lean more to the side of modifying our own intelligence to increase our own power. The prediction of AI is based on the growing rate of processing power our computers have and that at that rate they will soon surpass our brains. However, I think there is more to our power of will than sheer processing power. Perhaps some day we will discover what the bridge between the two is and figure out how to build one, but I think the unification of man and machine will come long before that.
At any rate, I strongly believe that we will someday build Deus ex Machina (God from machine). So in the end, it was not God who created us, but us who created God...or maybe it's a chicken and the egg like situation.