Changes in atmospheric composition and consequent global warming.
I suspect this is happening. So society averages out at average. So maybe culture is a kind of averaged-out manifestation of IQ, which is not that bright as some have suggested. Looking around, that seems to make sense.
We should be skateboarding on Mars by now, for example, yes? Or have nuclear fusion and nuclear fission waste all taken care of by now, everything all neatly decommissioned?
We should be working far less by now, with no wage-slaves, poverty or illusions of democracy. We should be living in a kind of Frescoesque Venus Project World by now, no? Doing art, music, philosophy, leisure, mountain biking and hiking in the trails, swimming in the pristine local waters of happy fish and making love beside a knocked-over tray of tea-and-crumpets?
We are living with climate change and ceaseless arguments about it; with ecosystem despoilment and depletions and Fox News. In the physical and spiritual manifestation of a IQ world.
We are still stuck in an evolutionarily determined predator-prey situation in which the most successful predatory top 0. The vast majority of the human ape species are utterly incapable of competing for scarce resources and subsistence with the emergent new species last human invention of intelligent systems and its accelerating capabilities.
So lots of people will be lost and there will be relatively little economic incentive or resource opportunity to save them.
But I think there will be enough resources, technology, and intelligence to support a much smaller, smarter, and enhanced group of humans or human-machine hybrids. And this is what Yuval Noah Harari says in that article you linked to.
Money is the most successful story ever. You have the master storytellers, the bankers, the finance ministers telling you that money is worth something. Try giving money to a chimp.
I would consider that an enlightened objective under the emerging circumstances and worthy of evolutionary survival, adaptation, and some form of reproduction cloning, sexual, Transhumanist immortality, or otherwise. There will be more walled cities with those inside tuning out what happens outside.
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