Human networks have evolved for centuries. The question remains as to how they are evolving right now. Or, more pointedly, how we choose to evolve them right now.
In the Era of 'Big' and the Internet of Everything, we seem to have forgotten a fundamental duo: the human condition and creativity.
Google has gone Skynet (not so metaphorically), and Facebook is going more A.I. Amazon and Apple are thinking more holistically, but the verdict is still out as to how human their practices of scale will go in the near- or long-term (they have much to improve with ongoing issues like labor abuses). Governments are already showing us a phantom world, a shell of its former self in which people are commodities of trade for resources and information. Transhumanism suggests that we might live longer, think better and become more efficient, but at what cost?
What about money or currency? Isn't that ultimately (or foundationally) a relationship between people? Isn't that where true value lies?
We can reduce things, automate, filter and program (or make them programmatic)... We can (re)combine things, simulate them, store them and scale them... But we can also co-create. Is that the domain of machines, or human networks? What become the operating systems? What is, and what becomes of, the nature of information? Meaning? Purpose?
If human networks -- facilitated by machines -- are the operating systems of the future, who's to say they wouldn't be manipulated by something else that is hidden and unforeseen?
We have much, much more to think about right now in terms of our futures: privacy, policy and ethics are chief among the list of imperatives. The idolatry we place on things cannot supersede a willingness to grow by virtue of how we build emotional, genealogical and spiritual connections.
After all, that is why we are 'here'... Isn't it?