This is part of a series of blogs reflecting on the program of Integral Europe Conference 2023,  whose theme was Planetary Awakening 2.0. This blog introduces a Keynote  from the conference – curated in an Action Research Format – summarizing What the speaker said, So What could we take as the meaning? and Now What are options for action.

What did Mariana Bozesan say about The Future, AI and Consciousness ?

AI Future is 2nd Tier.

Consider: Tech optimism. Climate pessimism. Consciousness.

Rumi …love life consciously…we know it without words

What is scientific and spiritual perspective

Check out Rupert Spira

Consciousness does not arise out of matter.

Space time is a brain construct.

Consciousness is fundamental. (Prof. Don Hoffman, Neuroscientist)

Most exciting time to be alive – Think exponential not linear.

Our Challenge ..history must not repeat self [in a linear way].

The Law of Accelerated Returns – Ray Kurzweil – The speed, the cost effectiveness and the power of Evolution increases exponentially over time.

Mariana journey from AI to Internet – in 1983 was with IntellCorp (Cybernet) and then to Integral Investing.

What is driving force behind the current abundance – it is exponential growth (vs linear growth).

In 2007 Smartphone successful because of convergence of:

  • Computing power
  • Network capacity
  • Digital imaging
  • Battery technology
  • Sensors
  • Miniaturization (cameras, GPs, Dictaphone etc.)

Leaving the AI Winter – demystifying AI

  • 1956 Artificial Intelligence – non-biological
  • 1986 Machine Learning – algorithms learn while exposed to more data
  • 1982 Deep Learning – multi-layered, natural networks

Classification AI

  • Narrow AI – no consciousness, no self-awareness, no emotions, (LLMs (ChatGPT, Deep Mind AlphaGo & AlphaGo Zero)
  • General AI – achieves complex goals, high-level reasoning, solve complex problems, learn, plan, thinking in an abstract manner, strategize, innovate, create, make judgments based on uncertainty. Passing the Turing test as well a human – by 2029 Ray Kurzweill

The Future of Life Institute – sign the Asilmov (sp?) AI Principles (to avoid an inconvenient truth and not accept a reassuring lie)

So what could this mean?

Aligning with worldview that consciousness is fundamental enables release from tyranny of matter – and all the worldviews that have arisen from that from pre-modern, modern and post-modern.

An Integral perspective of 2nd Tier arises out of the Quantum Leap (Graves) from 1st tier to 2nd Tier – the primacy of consciousness is what releases the fears and traumas of 1st tier hierarchies and Power Over (and Power With) into Power As.

Consciousness opens the doors to exponential reality (beyond space-time into non-duality).

Consciousness enables a whole world view which calls forth the Unitive Narrative (for all and applied to cities).

Now what can we do?

Here are 3 possible actions/responses we can take to engage with the Future, AI and Consciousness:

  1. Find a teacher or teachings (such as R. Spira) that open the doors to non-duality practices.
  2. Respect the Integral Framework arising from Consciousness and notice how it holds Life in its cosmic addresses (including all aspects of cities mapped into Integral City Maps)
  3. Reconsider: Tech optimism. Climate pessimism. Consciousness – Reverse the order and hold Consciousness primary so that both tech and climate challenges become aspects of growing Spiritual Capacity (Map 5). Through Involutionary as well as Evolutionary Flows, amplify Life and Aliveness so that future evolution enables deep intelligence in all its AQAL manifestations – bio-psycho-cultural-social.