This opinion editorial is by Sydney Bright, a professional scientist writer on the topic mindfulness-based health practices. Will robots be able to surpass our intelligence and replace us? Will we merge with machines to create a super-being? Are machines just tools that allow our fundamental nature to flourish? In this article I argue that technology is the way that human beings can return to a more natural existence that is free from the harsh realities of 10,000 years ago. People who know me well enough to be aware of my work in meditation science will ask me why I also discuss economics and Bitcoin. First, I believe that every curious mind should be well-rounded. Multiple fields of study can help you gain a better understanding of reality. At first, I thought they were separate interests. Now, I realize they are connected and offer a glimpse into the future of humanity. As I became more involved with Bitcoin and learned more about the history and invention of computers, I developed a curiosity and appreciation for computers in general. This interest and education has led to a deeper understanding of computers and the potential places they could take us. This is a very popular topic, especially when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), and robots. Many fear that computers will soon be more intelligent than humans, which could lead to problems. Elon Musk stated that Neuralink’s primary purpose is to allow humans to have the same processing power as computers so they don’t surpass us. This is a dangerously misguided view. It could be the opposite. Our overly analytical minds are what is overcoming us. Computers should be able to do some of the thinking for you so that you can live a happier, more mindful life. The scientific benefits of this are explained in this article. Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace are the two main figures in the history of computers. Charles Babbage, who was born in 1791, is known as the “father” of the computer. He was a mathematician and inventor of the difference engine, a machine that solves mathematical problems. This machine could solve a particular mathematical problem when it was turned. It could be viewed as a powerful and complex calculator, but it was also programmeable. The machine would produce a new value when it received inputs. The machine was not finished due to funding problems. Ada Lovelace was a daughter of Lord Byron, and an acquaintance of Babbage. She wrote an algorithm that would solve Bernoulli number. Her name is often used to refer to her as the first computer programmer in the world. After realizing that a machine like this could solve math and other problems, she also contributed to the field. This was perhaps the most important idea that pushed the field forward. We could refer to her as “the mother of computer science.” Fast-forward to WWII. English intelligence hires Alan Turing, a mathematician to crack the Enigma code of Germany’s opposition. This cryptographic cipher is needed to decode German communications. However, the code changes daily. It would be nearly impossible to solve the complex cipher with human resources in 24 hours due to its complexity. Turing created a machine to do it instead. The film “The Imitation Game” beautifully tells the story. Imagine that each machine had a single purpose before this time: cars drove, plows were plowed, calculators were calculated, and so on. Like Lovelace, Turing was likely inspired by mathematicians who had created machines that could be programmed to think. More specifically, a machine capable of performing any operation that can be done by a human computer. Turing imagined a universal machine that could “think” and be programmed to do any task. We now know that Turing invented a version such as this machine during World War II, saving many lives. He was the inventor of the first functional computer. His machine could not think through anything, of course. It set off something amazing. Human beings have worked tirelessly to create more advanced computers since Turing. Modern computers use electrical circuit boards, rather than mechanical parts like Turing’s machine. Ours are programmed to perform far more actions than Turing’s machine. Humans have been constantly developing one universal machine since the beginning. Many computers come in different sizes, shapes, and quality. Most computers are connected to the internet and can perform actions that we take for granted. They are the fabric of modern society. It is even more fascinating to consider that the code and programming needed to create the internet globally distributed was developed by people. Researchers and programmers around the world began to develop protocols like Transmission Control Protocol (TCP/IP), which govern our modern internet. Imagine that computer enthusiasts were not limited to academics or select companies. They could be found in their rooms tapping keys on a keyboard and communicating with each other. They created the backbone of the internet without any financial incentives, and did so without paying institutions or customers. Individuals continue to work together to build the internet’s infrastructure for the greater good. It seems that humans are naturally inclined make this global Turing machine. But why? I have heard that humans are the caterpillars that will create robotic life. This prediction, however, is not correct. It confuses logic intellectualism and life, and misrepresents the global Turing machine’s implications for human progress. What are we creating? The internet is a global communication network that allows information transfer. We created a global Turing machine that could record, remember, filter, and process information. Bitcoin was the next major decentralized innovation that was built on this worldwide Turing Machine. What does it do? It records, maintains and manages our monetary infrastructure. We will soon have amazing robots and artificial intelligence. They will farm for, clean, and build for us. We are creating a global Turing machine to accomplish all our thinking-oriented tasks. To what end? Alfred North Whitehead, philosopher and mathematician, once stated that it was a deeply erroneous truism to think about what you are doing. It is actually the opposite. Civilization progresses by expanding the number of important operations that we can perform without even thinking about them. This is exactly the point. We are creating a machine that will perform our tasks without us having to think about them. We believe that thinking is the highest form. This is a Western, analytically-oriented culture. Because we believe that thinking is what makes us unique, we are afraid of the idea that a machine can replace our need to think. It would be a great thing to let go of our hubris. Wisdom is the ultimate frontier for understanding reality. Knowledge is not the only way to understand it. This idea is well explained by Zhuang Zi , a Daoist philosopher. In this parable: “Yan Hui said that he was making progress.” Zhongni asked, “What do you mean?” Zhongni replied, “What do you mean?” “Very well, but that’s not enough. Hui saw Zhongni again the next day and said, “I am making progress.” “What do you mean?” ‘I have lost all thoughts of music and ceremonies.’ “Very well, but that’s not enough. Hui saw (the Master) again on a third day and said, “I am making progress.” “What are you referring to? ‘I sit, and forget everything. Zhongni changed her look and asked, “What do you mean when you say that you sit and forget everything?” Yan Hui responded, “My connection with the body and its components is broken; my perceptive faculties are discarded.” I have left my material form and bid farewell to all my knowledge. I am now one with the Great Pervader. This is what I call sitting and forgetting everything. Zhongni stated, “One (with that Pervader), your are free from all likes; so transformed you are impermanent. You are indeed superior to me. I ask for your permission to follow in my footsteps. This passage reveals to me that it is not the presence of analytical knowledge that is what allows one to reach a state of enlightenment. Wisdom gained through mindfulness is a way to reach a higher level of understanding. This is in contrast to the common belief that knowledge and thinking are necessary to find the truth of the universe. Meditation is a way to achieve this. Meditation is the practice of developing a calmer mind and being more present to gain greater insight into ourselves and the universe. This is what makes humans extraordinary. This is what makes biology unique. Intellect is the ability of the computer to think, and wisdom is the gift of life. The laborious nature of our lives can be taken over by machines, so that we can simply be. This can be understood by looking at the economics of a hyperbitcoinized society. One argument in favor of Bitcoin is its ability to replace our current monetary system, which is based on fiat currency, with a system that uses sound money. Fiat currency systems are defined by inflation. A sound money system, on the other hand, is characterized by money whose purchasing power is determined by markets and independent of political parties. This is important to remember. In an inflationary world, every paycheck is worth less because the cost of living keeps rising. This encourages people to spend their money, rather than save it. This spending system is popularized by policymakers because it stimulates the economy, which in turn helps the rich to get richer while the poor get worse off. It is a deflationary environment which would be most beneficial to us. The cost of living is lower in a deflationary environment. Even if your paycheck is the same, you will have a higher purchasing power the next time you receive a paycheck. Even if there is no interest, savings become more valuable every day. This means that one can retire earlier. Imagine that 100 years ago, it took 60+ years to save enough money and retire. It took 40 years for the next generation and so on. In a deflationary environment, it took just one day to accumulate enough wealth to retire. People would no longer have to work to save enough money to be able to enjoy a life of leisure and abundance. This is not due to the monetary system. It is largely due technology advancements that make our lives easier. This could still happen even if Bitcoin didn’t exist. The worldwide Turing machine will grow rapidly and replace many of our jobs. The monetary system would funnel all wealth to the powerful and wealthy, and the poor wouldn’t see the full benefits from the advancing economy. This is what we see today. Rich people live extravagant lives and don’t have to work long hours. Middle- and lower-class people are hardworking every day, but only a small amount of wealth. Everyone can benefit from the advancements in technology with Bitcoin. It does all the “thinking” and keeps track of global transactions, accounting, and so on. We don’t have to rely on corrupt central banks. All ships rise with the tide. The worldwide Turing machine will continue to think for us, so we can live peaceful and relaxing lives. Bitcoin is the latest advancement in this amazing machine. This isn’t a new idea. Many people have predicted the rise of computers, robots, and their ability to replace us in the workplace and give us more time for relaxation. We can be more confident that this wealth will be evenly distributed across the globe, thanks to the invention of Bitcoin. The question is: What will you do with your free time? We will have the freedom to choose what we do with our free time. I believe we should consider both the benefits of mindfulness as well as the dangers of a too thoughtful mind. We can choose to be in this overwhelming future. This article will focus on the scientific research that shows the many health benefits of mindfulness meditation — both mental as well as physical. This is a profound example of how health can be improved holistically, naturally, and it also illustrates a fundamental truth about the human condition that we don’t often consider: We evolved to be mindful. Modern society values intelligence and thinking. People go to school to learn how think so that they can solve problems at work and at universities. Think, think, think, think. If we don’t manage our thinking, we can lose our ability to be mindful. Thinking can help us to solve problems and engineer, which can lead to our modern comforts. But, thinking can also lead to a mind that is filled with repetitive, nonconstructive thoughts, which can lead to poor mental health. It is hard to emphasize the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the ability to reorient the mind towards the present moment. Mindfulness is a state that allows you to experience life as it is. It’s a way to get rid of the repetitive thoughts that keep us stuck in our heads. Zhuang Zi’s example above shows that intellect is not the best method to understand higher truths of reality. Meditation will help you to see the world as it is and not just theorize. We are told that thinking will lead us to the truth and that thinking is not for fools. The balance between the two is the key to finding the answer. Human beings have spent a lot of time thinking about how to move our economies forward and create the global Turing machine. We have benefited from our thinking. However, it has come at the expense of our health. This is not a bad thing. I believe this was a necessary sacrifice to ensure future generations don’t have to work and can practice mindfulness. In a world where all thoughts-related tasks are automated, the amount of work required for living will be minimal. Future generations will have a lot of time to be happy, healthy, and well-being. Each person will find their own way to do this, but it seems obvious that mindfulness practices that keep our minds and bodies healthy will be a part of this. They will have the opportunity to maximize their health through prosperity and free time. Our future generations will be able to enjoy the fruits and benefits of nature, which will likely lead to a healthier planet and society. It is helpful to see life as a balance. Systems often act like a pendulum that swings back and forth, oscillating and acting as a pendulum. Humans used to hunt and gather, but they also lived a mindful existence. Then we started to farm, which dramatically increased our work hours and drastically reduced the variety and health of our diets. It was a strange path to follow, but it was possible from some perspectives. We had to work longer hours for less nutritious food. The technology we built at the beginning of the agricultural revolution is a sign that the pendulum is swinging in the other direction. These highly efficient economies are being built alongside a global computer that can perform the labor for us, so that we can return to a more natural, mindful way of being. We will have great wealth and abundance, rather than having to struggle for necessities, which is a dramatic conclusion to a long history filled with strife. This story is not without its pitfalls. While many may agree that we are moving towards an automated world where humans no longer have to work for survival, others may view this as dangerous. Some people may see this world as a dystopian world, full of lazy people who have no purpose in life and live unhealthy lives. They are absorbed in virtual worlds and disconnected from reality. This is an aspect of the balance and it is possible. Although the worldwide Turing machine can think for itself, it doesn’t have to do everything for us. It is and will always be a double-edged sword. Technology can be a blessing, but it can also be destructive. Social media is an example of this: It is extremely positive because it brought people together through greater communication, and cultural exchange. However, it began to take our attention away from the present and make us forget about our surroundings. There are certain things we shouldn’t use technology for, and there are temptations it can bring that we need to avoid. It is important to not use technology in a way that hinders our ability to be present and mindful in our natural environment. Research such as the benefits of meditation and being in nature show that there are many aspects to our mental health and physical well-being that we don’t take for granted in this thought driven society. Our bodies were made to thrive outside. They don’t thrive in the interior, especially not in a virtual world such as the metaverse. People want to move from a concrete jungle into virtual jungles without fully understanding their biological needs. Although our minds may love the idea, our bodies won’t. Modern culture encourages this behavior. It puts the pleasures and activities of the mind first, and the discipline of maintaining an alert state of being second. Computers can think for us so that we can live a life of just being. It is a remarkable time in human history. Let’s not let computers dominate our minds. It is becoming apparent how prosperous human life can be thanks to technological advances. It will not come to us as a gift. Technology can give us lives beyond what we could ever imagine. Technology’s dualistic nature can also mean that technology could be used to destroy lives. The importance of mindfulness practices was recognized by ancient cultures. Due to our current circumstances, there was an inherent recognition that we are connected with Earth and Nature. This led to benefits for the mind, body, and spiritual understanding of our place in the cosmos. It is becoming increasingly clear that wisdom gained through mindfulness is gradually being lost to the passage of time. The universal computer, Turing’s universal thinking machine, can provide a life of great luxury that may be more in line with our biological evolution. It can also distract us, pull us away from nature, and even ruin our health. It is important to be cautious about integrating computers into our brains, or thinking that we can create a virtual reality world that can replace our natural world. We have the choice of whether technology will help us achieve health and prosperity. It will take whatever shape we give it. Our ability to choose a life that is mindful or indulgent as we build is what determines our guidance. This guest post is by Sydney Bright. These opinions are not necessarily those of Bitcoin Magazine or BTC Inc.